Country communities are naturally communities of small business.
From our large regional cities, through every town and in every vibrant village is a strong small business sector on which we all rely.
Small business – whether in the shopping strips in town or the saleyards – creates our jobs, provides our services and supports country communities so we can grow and prosper.Read more
Last week in Cowra I launched the NSW Governments “Doors to Opportunity” campaign to put the spotlight back on career pathways through Vocational Education and Training (VET).
For too long as parents and teachers and careers advisors we've put too much emphasis on University as the preferred pathway for a career.Read more
Bees – despite their size – are vital to the success of our agricultural sector. This nimble insect adds up to $4 billion to the value of agriculture each year and $2.1 billion to the horticultural industry alone. Without them, the entire sector would be destroyed within a year, and the food chain would crumble due to a lack of pollination.
The Nationals in Government under our respective Agricultural Ministers, Barnaby Joyce and Niall Blair, have ensured the future of our tiny friends with both carrying out extensive steps to safeguard this vital element of the broader agricultural ecosystem.Read more
Once again, the Nationals have ensured money is on the table for the recreational fishing sector, with the Habitat Action Grants now open for applications.
These popular grants allow recreational fishing groups, angling clubs, community groups and local councils to invest in fish habitats in creeks, rivers and estuaries.Read more
Hundreds made their way to Gulgong recently to watch Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant open the third new state-of-the-art fire station in regional NSW for 2017.
The new Gulgong facility will replace one that dates back to the late 1800s, has the capacity for two trucks and will enable resident firefighters to better respond to emergencies across the region.Read more
Local residents and business owners could soon save hundreds of dollars a year off their energy bills following the NSW Government’s announcement of the most comprehensive energy relief package in the nation, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said today.
Through this package all energy rebates will increase by 20 per cent, there will be discounts on energy efficient appliances and small businesses could save up to $1,900 a year.Read more
The NSW Government has cleared the way for more schools and childcare centres where they are needed, with faster approval processes to help meet growing demand and future needs.
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, today announced a simplified policy for the state’s education and childcare facilities, making it easier to bring more services to communities across NSW.Read more
Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is welcoming news that excessive card surcharging will be banned for all businesses from today, 1 September 2017.
“This action will ensure the people of Cowper are not ripped off when they make purchases with their cards. This gives our community the confidence that card surcharges reflect the true cost of the transaction, not an artificially inflated sum designed to profit gouge,” Mr Hartsuyker said.Read more
The Indigenous Rangers Program is providing a record number of jobs for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders, creating around 2,500 jobs in 114 groups across Australia, with 69 of these groups now performing biosecurity surveillance, thanks to a $12.4 million boost in funding over four years by the Coalition Government.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, who visited with Tiwi Island Rangers yesterday, said job opportunities for Indigenous rangers undertaking biosecurity activities in northern Australia had increased by more than 50 per cent in the past two years under the Coalition Government.Read more