Government backs a winner in regional racing - NSW Nationals

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Race days are a colourful part of our regional calendar and a fundamental part of our communities’ social fabric. That’s why I’m delighted that we have a $235 million game-changer for racing in the 2015-16 NSW Budget.

From next January we will return a greater share of funds to the NSW racing industry aimed at making us more competitive with Victoria and Queensland. This will allow strategic expenditure to boost services and facilities for racing, which has more than 90,000 employees, participants and volunteers in NSW. It will create more apprenticeships and have positive effects for local economies.

This week, your Nationals in Government also announced another Budget initiative to fund a 600 bed prison in Grafton. The new Clarence Valley prison will create hundreds of jobs for the region where Corrections has long been a valued part of the community. It will mean more local jobs and a greater capacity to house criminals and protect communities.

Meanwhile, at the recent NSW Nationals Conference, I launched our new NSW Nationals Leaders Taskforce to examine how we represent regional NSW for another 100 years. As we approach our 96th year, it’s important to reflect upon what we can do now to ensure the NSW Nationals can remain a strong, fiercely independent political force. It has already met and work is progressing, I will keep you updated on it.

Troy Grant
Leader of the NSW Nationals

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