Describing himself as a family man, Steve is one of Inverell Hospital’s staunchest advocates. Seeing the facility upgraded for his community is the primary reason Steve became a National in 2008 – as our Party allows grassroot members to have a voice in the way no other allows – and fight for change from the inside.Read more
Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson has announced that local road safety initiative shave the opportunity to receive a welcome boost with applications now open for the third round of the NSW Government’s Community Road Safety Grants program.
“The Community Road Safety Grants program supports community organisations to work with their local communities to improve road safety in their areas,”Katrina said.Read more
Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, and Assistant Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell, today announced $46 million will be invested to upgrade wireless connectivity to more than 900 regional and remote NSW schools as part of the Connecting Country Schools program.
“You shouldn’t have to go to school in Sydney to have access to fast and reliable online learning resources and this investment ensures no school community in regional NSW misses out,” Mr Barilaro said.Read more
A $50 million boost for the Barton highway will provide a new two-lane carriageway and improved safety.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey joined the Member for Goulburn Pru Goward and Bronnie Taylor MLC, to announce the $50 million investment as part of this year’s state budget.
Mrs Pavey said the money, spent over the next four years, would ease congestion, improve driver safety and boost freight productivity.Read more
Australia's 3.2 million small businesses can continue to purchase equipment up to $20,000 and write it off immediately thanks to legislation passed by the Senate today, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.
“Around Australia I have heard from hundreds of small businesses how helpful the $20,000 instant asset write-off is to purchase the equipment they need to grow and create opportunity,” Mr McCormack said.Read more
Local Aboriginal community groupshave received grants from the NSW Government to help fund NAIDOC Week activities, Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser announced today.
“NAIDOC Week is an important opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous achievements of Aboriginal people here in the Coffs Harbour electorate and right across the country,” Mr Fraser said.Read more
The Nationals/Liberal Government has fast tracked the delivery of its election commitment to establish a new $4 billion Regional Investment Corporation (RIC), and today introduced legislation into Parliament to establish the new body.
The Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the introduction of the Regional Investment Corporation Bill 2017 into Parliament was another significant step towards seeing the RIC open for business and delivering for regional communities from 2018.Read more
With wild dog and deer numbers exploding, the NSW Department of Primary Industries is taking action.
Pest animals cost Australian farmers an estimated $1 billion in revenue each year and as part of its response to the Natural Resource Commission’s (NRC) review of pest animal management, the NSW Government has introduced a wide-range of reforms focusing on all areas of governance and encompassing the impending Biosecurity changes.Read more
I held the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and Regional Planning since the March 2015 election until the January 2017 reshuffle, when new Nationals Leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro asked me if I would be happy to continue in the Natural Resources portfolio and take on Western NSW.
As many of you would know, I spent many years as the Duty MLC for the old electorate of Murray-Darling, which at that time comprised almost 50 percent of NSW. It was a totally engrossing and a most enjoyable part of my parliamentary career, so when John asked me if I would like to take on the job of Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and Western NSW, he did not need to ask twice!Read more