Mark Coulton

Rural Aussies urged to seek medical care during COVID-19

Federal Nationals Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton is urging Australians to keep their health in check during the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to seek medical treatment and care. Chairing the fifth special rural health COVID-19 roundtable with key rural and indigenous health stakeholders, Mr Coulton heard reports of people delaying accessing essential health care and…

Getting tourists off the beaten track

Motorists enjoying smoother and safer journeys along the upgraded Pacific Highway will be encouraged to visit some of the bypassed towns, with new signs showing the services and tourist attractions on offer. NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the signs would be installed near Ballina, Urunga and Woolgoolga, under the…

Funding on the way for war memorial upgrades

NOTE: Image was taken prior to social distancing requirements. With a very different ANZAC Day still fresh in our minds community groups are being encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 to restore and protect war memorials across the region. NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Community War Memorials Fund grants help…

Regional Express restarts local flights

Regional Express (Rex) has announced it will restart regional services in Grafton, Lismore and Ballina with the help of the Federal Nationals in Government. Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the Regional Airline Network Support (RANS) program provided assistance to maintain a minimal weekly schedule to regional areas. “Rex was eligible to receive…

Regional rail maintenance facility on track

The new Regional Rail Maintenance Facility at Dubbo is one step closer to reality, with the first crews arriving to start early work at the site. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the project will create about 200 jobs during peak construction and about 50 ongoing jobs when it opens, developing the skills…

Nats helping build stronger communities

NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh has announced more than $400,000 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund to help build a better region. The Woolgoolga Seniors Centre secured $50,000 in funding for the purchase of a new bus, which will see residents across the Coffs Harbour electorate benefit from low cost, day and…

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Helping truckies keep Australia moving during COVID-19

Australian truck owners and operators will save hundreds of dollars a year following the Federal Nationals in Government’s decision to freeze the Heavy Vehicle Road User Charge at current levels. All levels of Government are taking decisive action to support freight operators working hard to keep shelves stocked and essential goods moving during the COVID-19…

Buckle up: Extra 150 regional school buses get seatbelts

Regional communities will benefit from an extra 150 new school buses fitted with seatbelts, following recommendations of an independently chaired taskforce to improve the rural and regional seatbelt program. NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the new air-conditioned buses would replace any dedicated school bus in regional NSW more than…