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…

Why Bronnie Taylor is happy to fight for our youth

Regional Youth Minister Bronnie Taylor writes about the importance of supporting our young people. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy being a young person in regional NSW. There are challenges – skills training or tertiary education can be hours away, there aren’t always spaces or opportunities to connect with friends, and mental health services can be…

Bill relief for energy customers

NOTE: Image taken prior to social distancing restrictions. Households struggling to pay their energy bills during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic now have access to additional financial support thanks to the NSW Nationals in Government. The support, available directly through Service NSW and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, is thanks to a $30…

Community Building Partnership program opens soon

NOTE: Image taken prior to social distancing restrictions. NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has announced that applications will open soon for the popular Community Building Partnership Program. In 2020, $300,000 is available for community infrastructure projects across the Myall Lakes electorate alone. Mr Bromhead urged all rural and regional councils and community…

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Driving home road safety

New opportunities to save lives on country roads through innovation and technology have arrived, with applications for a $12 million Road Safety Innovation Fund now open. Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Nationals Leader Michael McCormack said any organisation with an interest in road safety research and development should apply for funding to help make a…

Lower energy bills on the way

Around 720,000 loyal households and small businesses across Australia are set to receive lower energy bills from July 1, 2020. The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has released its final determination for the Default Market Offer for 2020-21, which locks in cheaper electricity prices for New South Wales. The Federal Nationals in Government helped introduce the…

Tamworth substation works to spark jobs, cheaper power

A $35 million upgrade of the Tamworth Substation is expected to generate around 30 jobs and is part of a massive $102 million improvement project to the NSW-QLD interconnector (QNI) transmission lines. NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson welcomed the announcement of the upgrade and said investment in major infrastructure projects would generate local…

Funding lifeline for regional zoos

Some of regional NSW’s most popular tourist attractions will receive a much-needed funding lifeline, with the Federal Nationals in Government unveiling a support package to help them get through the COVID-19 crisis. This funding will assist zoos and aquariums like Hunter Valley Zoo with the fixed operational costs associated with the caring of their animals,…

Splash of cash for Wagga Wagga Swim Club

NOTE: Picture taken prior to social distancing requirements. The Riverina has produced some of the finest athletes in the country, and now the stage is set for that proud tradition to continue with funding from the NSW Nationals in Government. Wagga Wagga’s Oasis Aquatic Centre is a hub for competitive swimming meets and hosts major…

Construction of new Connected Learning Centre underway

NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced the start of construction of the multi-million dollar TAFE NSW West Wyalong Connected Learning Centre (CLC), with the facility expected to be operational mid-next year. Ms Cooke was onsite at TAFE NSW West Wyalong to turn the first sod on the new $6.6 million state-of-the-art facility,…