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Budget boosts farm research, koalas and rural education

The New South Wales government has allocated $23 million in its annual budget to expanding and upgrading agricultural research facilities in major rural cities such as Orange and Wagga Wagga.

NSW will also spend $62m to build eight technical and further education centres in regional towns to provide training for skilled jobs.

These will include three of the state’s rapidly growing coastal tourism towns: Byron Bay, Batemans Bay and Nambucca Heads. Centres will also be built at Jindabyne in the Eden-Monaro alpine region, to support renewable energy projects planned for the area, and at Hay in the Riverina farming district.

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