Dubbo business secures regional rail contract

The NSW Nationals in Government’s Regional Rail Project is delivering on its promise to create regional jobs and stimulate the economy, with the first major contract for work on the new Regional Rail Maintenance Facility awarded to a Dubbo-based business. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders was joined by Minister for Regional Transport and…

Clarence koalas to get new trees

Clarence Valley koalas, hit hard by the recent bushfires, will soon have 5000 new trees to munch on thanks to a $45,000 grant from the NSW Nationals in Government, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced. “The trees are being planted to aid conservation efforts of our precious and embattled local koala populations in the…

Nationals fight to support local shows

The Nationals in Government are spending big to help agricultural show societies and regional communities recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Nationals in Government are spending $36 million to help support show societies hit by social distancing restrictions, while the NSW Nationals in Government have allocated a further $10.77 million to…

Nats secure millions to support regional news

The Nationals in Government have announced 107 regional publishers and broadcasters who applied to the Public Interest News Gathering (PING) Program will receive a share of $50 million in funding committed to support regional news services in 2020-21. This funding was secured to support newspaper businesses and commercial broadcasters across regional and remote Australia. Unprecedented…

Cash flows to fix local roads

The State and Federal Nationals in Government will join forces to turbocharge a program that will improve local roads across regional NSW and create thousands of local jobs. The Australian Government has committed $191 million to build on the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Local Roads program, ensuring even more regional communities benefit faster. The…

New sports hub to kick off in Cooma

NSW Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro has marked two significant milestones in the local region. Mr Barilaro said the green light has officially been given for the new $15 million state-of-the-art sports facility in Cooma, which was committed to during the 2019 State Election. “The people of Monaro love their sport and this new…

Kempsey to get Country Universities Centre

A new Country Universities Centre will be established in Kempsey to boost jobs and provide higher education study options for Macleay Valley youth thanks to the support of the Nationals in Government. NSW Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan welcomed the announcement for the region. Mr Conaghan…

Nats MP recommends ‘appy way to find cheap petrol

Regional motorists are saving up to $500 a year on the cost of fuel by using the NSW Nationals in Government’s free FuelCheck app. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the app provided motorists with real-time information on petrol prices for all fuel types and service stations across NSW. “We know that every…

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Stimulus fast-tracks work on old Grafton Bridge

Work to ensure the old Grafton Bridge continues to provide a safe and reliable crossing for many years to come has commenced as part of the NSW Nationals in Government’s economic stimulus package. NSW Nationals Member for Clarence and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads Chris Gulaptis said stimulus funding from the $2.3 billion COVID-19 package…

300,000 regional seniors benefit from travel card

More than 300,000 seniors have now successfully signed up for the Regional Seniors Travel Card which has put $250 in their pocket to spend on fuel, taxis and pre-booked NSW TrainLink trains and coaches. NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the card had eased the burden of travel costs for…