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NSW cuts red tape cut for drought funds


Drought-affected communities across NSW are being promised easier access to $1 billion in funds for water projects under a government plan to cut red tape.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Thursday announced a number of new measures aimed at making the application process "faster than ever".

"We want to see our farmers through this drought, we want to see them through recovery but we also want to make sure we have the best infrastructure in place to prepare communities for future droughts," she said in a statement.

Under the updated program, projects will no longer have to meet a strict cost-benefit ratio requirement while funding will be prioritised for those that address the highest risks.

More than 99 per cent of NSW remains affected by drought.

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