Country showground upgrades to create local jobs

Please note, this photo was taken before social distancing measures were implemented Showgrounds across the state are set to receive funding from the NSW Nationals in Government to upgrade facilities and help create local jobs. NSW Nationals Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin announced Alstonville, Mullumbimby, Bonalbo, Lismore, Murwillumbah, Nimbin and Tenterfield showgrounds were…

New Macksville Hospital opened

The new $73 million Macksville District Hospital has been officially opened by the NSW Nationals in Government. NSW Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the opening celebrated a commitment to building another state-of-the-art development in the Oxley region. “This state-of-the-art facility will enhance and improve patient and ambulatory care, as well as provide a…

Ski slopes to reopen from June 22

Holidaymakers can start planning trips to the state’s ski fields with the NSW Nationals in Government announcing the alpine region will be open from June 22. Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said work was underway to ensure appropriate COVIDsafe measures were in place at Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and Perisher. “One of the…

Funding for bushfire-affected farmers

Bushfire-affected primary producers in the Mid-Western Region have received a much-needed boost with more than $1 million in Special Disaster Bushfire Grants from the NSW Nationals in Government. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said 17 out of 21 grant applications in the region had been approved, with $1,033,465.95 already distributed to Mid-Western Region…

Community groups benefit with Nats in Tweed

NSW Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has announced two projects will receive a combined total of $979,975 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund. The Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre has secured NSW Nationals in Government funding to deliver the innovative Tweed Coast YouthPlanted Program. This program has been co-designed with young people themselves and the Cabarita…

Finding opportunities in the midst of adversity

An Emerald Beach man who is retraining to become a park ranger is among many enrolling in a TAFE NSW COVID-19 fee-free support course. NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the Government had introduced 21 fee-free courses to allow communities to upskill during the pandemic. Among those was Jackson Kemister, 26, who…

Nats in Government begin replanting after bushfires

A $1 million expansion will double the capacity of Forestry Corporation’s Grafton Production Nursery, fast-tracking efforts to replant timber plantations affected by fires over the Black Summer, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced. Mr Gulaptis said he was delighted to have his Nationals colleague, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Forestry John Barilaro onsite…

Funding to boost domestic violence support

Domestic violence victim-survivors will have more vital help available during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the NSW and Federal Nationals in Government investing more than $21 million to boost frontline services and other supports. The investment comprises $12.8 million from the state and $8.8 million from the Commonwealth. This funding is vital as the pandemic has…

Six projects to make Orange roads safer

Motorists will soon benefit from a suite of safety measures rolling out across the Orange electorate with more than $16 million to be invested into 10 projects, through round three of the NSW Nationals in Government’s Safer Roads Program. Local NSW Nationals MLC Sam Farraway said Orange would welcome six new projects through the Safer…

Regional Education Minister Andrew Gee

Boosting student numbers in regional Australia

More Australian students will receive scholarships to study outside the capital cities to support regional communities and education providers. The second round of applications for the Australian Government’s Destination Australia program allows regional universities and vocational education providers to apply to offer scholarships of up to $15,000 a student per year. The Nationals in Government…