Victory is sweet but winning with a primary vote of 65 per cent is sweeter – and today it was made official with the Electoral Commission declaring the result and Barnaby back in Parliament.
The win was historic. Despite there being 16 other candidates, Barnaby received the highest first preference swing at a by-election, won 107 of 108 polling booths, and restored the public's faith in the Coalition Government.Read more
Teachers are the most important factor in improving our children’s academic success and as a Party whose sole focus is to represent regional, rural and remote Australia, The Nationals have long campaigned for improved standards of teaching in our electorates.
Thanks to our continued push, the NSW Government has created a $59.4 million initiative to boost the number of experienced and quality teachers in over 150 rural and remote NSW schools.Read more
Coming off the back of the $130 million, 100 megawatt solar panel development at Hillgrove, the New England is leading the pack again with another solar project set to be constructed between Glenn Innes and Inverell.
The addition will contribute another 600 megawatts of renewable energy to the regions energy mix, bringing sustainably generated power in the region to similar levels of a coal-fired power station within the next decade.Read more
With school holidays beginning across the country and hundreds of thousands hitting the roads the NSW Government is desperate for people to stay off their phones while driving.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight and Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and has joined forces with broadcaster Ray Hadley and the Sydney Swans to target roads users – particularly those under the age of 35 – to remind them of the dangers of using their phone while driving.Read more
Christmas is just around the corner and shops and small businesses across Australia are getting ready to fill the stockings with local wonders says Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack.
“Small business is at the heart of all local communities. By shopping locally we directly support local businesses, keep this cash injection in the local economy and drive local employment,” Mr McCormack said.Read more
More than 3,000 avid cyclists will descend on the Snowy Mountains this weekend, as L’Etape Australia by Le Tour de France returns to the region.
Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the event, secured by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, would provide a substantial boost to the local visitor economy.Read more
Year 9 student Lachlan West from St Mary’s Catholic College at Casino has been chosen as the winner of the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced.
Mr Gulaptis said the College was successful in the initial ballot to participate in the scholarship program, going up against 100 schools from across the state. Following this success, they went through the process of selecting a student from the College.Read more
The Commonwealth Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) is back in business, with Round Two open and accepting applications for community developments.
The fund is an invaluable source of support for projects aimed at sustaining the local community. So, whether it be funding to keep your local tennis club, preschool or town hall running smoothly or grants for major infrastructure projects, we urge all to apply.Read more
The Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has been found by the independent National Auditors Office (ANAO) to be an organisation struggling with reform, management practices and efficiency, having already failed to implement the legislative reforms put in place in 2014.
Luckily, the move out of Canberra is the shot-in-the-arm the Authority needs to streamline its operations, establish robust risk management, reduce delays and regulatory burdens on the agricultural and veterinary chemicals industry, and in turn will bring much needed jobs to the Armidale community.Read more