The small business economy is integral to the strength of our State, with 710,000 small businesses employing half of the NSW workforce. Of these small businesses, more than a third are in regional areas where they employ a significant number of young workers through the vocational sector.
The regions' reliance on small businesses is why NSW Nationals Leader and Minister for Regional NSW, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro – himself a former small business owner – was pleased to announce the NSW Government’s Small Business Strategy last week.Read more
The cost of kid’s sport just got a bit easier, with parents of school-aged children to receive a $100 rebate, making registrations for sporting clubs cheaper and more accessible but more importantly keeping our kids happy and healthy.
With kids now playing multiple sports over the year and registration fees ranging from $100 to $450, the $207 million commitment acknowledges the real financial cost of children’s sport.Read more
At saleyards and field days around the country, it’s easy to see that young farmers are outnumbered by their older counterparts.
With the average age of farmers estimated to be 53 years old – nearly 13 years above that of any other industry – the Nationals and Liberals made supporting younger farmers to stay or enter this indispensable Australian industry a priority in the 2017-18 Budget.Read more
The Nationals and Liberals in Government have committed to spending $4.2 billion on education over the next four years - the largest increase in public education in our state's history.
With 164,000 extra students entering the public education system in the next decade the NSW Government is building schools to meet the demand, spending $2.2 billion on 90 projects - including 36 new or upgraded schools in regional NSW - in the next two years to create 32,000 additional places for public school students.Read more
Sky Muster satellite users will be able to receive around 50 per cent more peak data and twice as much off-peak data from October, the Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton announced.
Mr Coulton said the Nationals/Liberal Government will assist NBN to provide the extra data at no extra cost to retailers.Read more
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey has announced more than $3 million to improve safety and travel times on the Waterfall Way.
Mrs Pavey said funding provided in the 2017-18 State Budget will go towards the delivery of improvements identified in a road safety review and the Draft Waterfall Corridor Strategy.Read more
The Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the decision by the Commonwealth to acquire 21.9 Gigalitres of water from Lake Tandou will prove a significant boost to the management of the Menindee Lakes.
Mr Coulton said the acquisition will contribute to water efficiencies for the lower lakes and help to meet Basin Plan targets.Read more
Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro, joined the Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams, to encourage local entrepreneurs and fast-growing businesses to apply for funding under the NSW Governments $190 million Jobs for NSW fund.
Mrs Williams said she had arranged the visit today for the Deputy Premier and officials from the NSW Government-backed, private sector led Jobs for NSW to showcase the region and to encourage more jobs and growth in high-potential business sectors.Read more
Hunter motorists have reaped the rewards of the Australian Government's investment in the local road network with the opening of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange today.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project was part of the Coalition Government's investment in regional Australia.Read more