The NSW Government has backed the expansion of the successful Country Universities Centres (CUC) initiative with an $8 million investment, which will allow more regional and rural university students to study close to home.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro, said the centres would be modelled on the successful pilot in Cooma, with at least five other venues to be established over the next three years.Read more
Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson and Member for Goulburn Pru Goward have announced $109,325 in funding for Hilltops Council under the 2016/17 Public Libraries Infrastructure Grant program.
The grant is for the integration of the library IT system, including new barcoding, at the regional libraries of Young, Harden and Boorowa.Read more
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Member of the Legislative Council Bronnie Taylor today congratulated Sandra Ireson, from Booligal, on winning the 2017 NSW-ACT Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award.
Sandra who was born and bred in Nimmitabel was presented with the award at the gala dinner held at NSW Parliament House.Read more
Broken Hill: it’s the isolated mining town that punches well above its weight.
Known as the Capital of the Outback, the Oasis of the West and the Silver City, the metropolis is a rivalled artistic hub and a history buff’s nirvana. It hosts an authentic outback experience, sits on the iconic red dirt of the Barrier range and, for the first time in almost ten years, it’s certified Nat’s Country.Read more
Many of our Members of the Week lay a fair claim to long memories with The Nationals, having been in and around The Country and National Parties from a young age.
But there would be few who can match the claims of Emma Watts, whose first childhood memories are of a Young Australian Country Party Conference circa late 1970s! And it seems she’s been roped in ever since…Read more
The Local Land Services Board has received an important shakeup with 11 new Local Land Services chairs and 34 local board members appointed to lead for the next three years.
Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, has selected chairpersons with experienced local knowledge and who will bring new opportunities for community connections.Read more
NSW has been touched by the devastating floods in our State’s north where a wall of water has submerged communities and brought much heartache to the likes of Lismore, Murwillumbah, Kyogle and surrounding towns.
Rest assured that the NSW Government will be there to support communities every step of the way on their tough road to recovery.Read more
Late last week the North Coast was battered as tropical Cyclone Debbie’s storm system moved south into NSW. Up to 740mms of rain was dumped in the middle and upper reaches of the Tweed River Valley within 24 hours and subsequently communities in the Lismore and Tweed electorates have been hit by the biggest floods in 40 years.
In Lismore the Wilson River peaked near 11.6 metres and overtopped the levee at 4 o’clock on Friday morning. The CBD was subsequently submerged in floodwater and over 1,000,000L of water has pumped out of Lismore CBD subsequently. Evacuation orders affected more than 25,000 across the Richmond Tweed Region. Towns, communities and property owners are now coming to terms with the extent of the damage as they are gradually allowed back into the flood zones to inspect their homes and businesses.Read more
Ben Franklin, Parliamentary Secretary for Northern New South Wales, today responded to suggestions that the government tried to stop Labor “from making a speech in support of North Coast flood affected communities.”
This afternoon, Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord suggested that the Government stopped him from speaking on the North Coast floods.Read more