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Keeping jobs and older residents closer to home

Once again, the Nats deliver where Labor and the independents can't.

Across the country, seats held by the Nationals have an average unemployment rate of just 5.7 per cent, lower than the national average.

With regional Australia the heartland of the small business economy, the data shows that The Nationals truly deliver for regional communities and bring about the best results for the non-metropolitan economy.

Even with the positive numbers, The Nationals continue to remain focused on job growth. $649 million per year has been committed by the Commonwealth Government to create 9,911 new residential aged care places – with almost 30 per cent dedicated to regional areas – which in turn will secure hundreds of jobs in regional and rural communities. 

The North Coast has been dedicated a fair portion of funding with the region hosting a rapidly ageing population with 55 per cent of Cowper locals over the age of 55. In the electorate of Page, aged care facilities in Yamba will receive $3 million in funding to create 60 new permanent jobs and a further $2 million will create another 20 jobs in Casino.

Not only does the funding create full-time work for nurses, cooks, administration and ground staff, it enables elderly residents – who have already contributed so much to their communities – to live out their days close to home rather than being moved to facilities in bigger cities.

“These new residential places not only mean access to care, but also a significant number of new employment opportunities for local people and a temporary boost to construction related roles while the building project is underway,” Kevin Hogan said.

Demand for jobs is particularly strong on the North Coast. In our federal seats of Lyne, Page and Cowper a $25 million dollar boost to the local economy has been unveiled, championed by local members David Gillespie, Kevin Hogan and Luke Hartsuyker as part of the NSW North Coast Local Planning Committee, headed up by Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash.

The $25 million initiative ensures investments in local projects line up with the community’s local priorities. The funding is available in three streams: business innovation, local infrastructure and skills and training.

There are two information sessions scheduled regarding the funding, on the 14th June in Port Macquarie, and another on the 16th of June in Coffs Harbour. This will enable businesses and local groups to better place themselves make a grant application.

“These information sessions will be a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about eligibility, timelines, or applications,” Luke Hartsuyker said.

“If your business has been looking for an opportunity to build scale and capability to be competitive in new or growing markets, attend your closest information session so you’ll be able to take advantage $25 million set aside for the NSW North Coast.”

For more information on the Regional Jobs Investment Package please visit http://regional.gov.au/regional/regional-jobs-investment-package/

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