NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley has vowed to revitalise country main streets across the State, if Labor wins the March 2019 election.

Mr Foley made the pledge while addressing the Labor Country Conference in Forster recently.

It is part of Labor’s $4 billion fund to revitalise regional New South Wales. 

The $50 million program to revitalise the heart of many country towns will be co-funded with local councils.

The main street package is part of Labor’s Regional Jobs Fund which would be established from the proceeds of the $4.1 billion NSW received from the sales of its share of the Snowy Hydro scheme. 

Labor understands that the main street is the central hub of almost every country town.

During his speech at Country Conference, Mr Foley said with many towns experiencing population decline, high unemployment and changing consumer patterns, their main streets are struggling.

NSW Labor’s plan involves investing in local infrastructure as well as leasing vacant shopfronts for community use.

Mr Foley has also written to the Prime Minister calling for an end to bank branch closures in drought affected communities.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Labor knows that a main street is the lifeblood of local towns.

“Labor will work with local councils to fix country main streets.

“Bank branches provide essential services to the community. They make an important contribution to employment.

“Unlike the Liberal National Government which puts Sydney stadiums before schools and hospitals, Labor has a plan for revitalising regional New South Wales. At the top of our list is jobs.”