Bushfire clean-up steams ahead for Zig Zag Railway

Residents and businesses in Lithgow will welcome back visitors sooner and are on track for recovery, with debris now safely cleared from the historic Zig Zag Railway, thanks to a bushfire clean-up program funded by the NSW Nationals in the state government. The support has been welcomed by locals who have been working to restore…

Scouts and Guides get funding boost

Scouts NSW and the Girl Guides are two of the state’s most successful youth organisations, but COVID-19 has had a big impact on their operations with events and meetings cancelled in the wake of the pandemic. The NSW Nationals in the state government recognise the importance of scouts and guides in our regional communities and…

Jobs flow as Tweed Hospital construction continues

More jobs are set to be created for local businesses as construction continues on the new $673.2 million Tweed Valley Hospital Development. Tweed based civil construction business CD Excavations has won one of the final contracts to deliver early works on the project. NSW Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the hospital build was…

Helping students with reading and numeracy

A new assessment tool designed for NSW public schools to use during the COVID-19 pandemic is expanding to Year 3 students after overwhelmingly positive feedback from the new Year 5 and 9 assessment. NSW public school teachers will be armed with the new reading and numeracy assessment to help schools identify a student’s current abilities…

Funding flows to community projects

In May the NSW Nationals in the federal government announced key community infrastructure would be supported as part of a $1.8 billion boost. Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie was pleased to announce the first local projects to be funded in the MidCoast local government area under the $3.4 million Community Infrastructure Initiative. Tuncurry…

Major investment to fight weeds and pests

The NSW Nationals in the federal government are funding the development of new or improved weed control and pest animal management tools through a $13 million competitive grant round. NSW Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said the program was part of a four-year, $30.3 million funding pipeline to help farmers and land managers combat…

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Water market needs real reform, not empty politics

NSW Nationals Senator Perin Davey is based in Deniliquin in the NSW Murray Irrigation Districts and was formerly a water policy adviser in the irrigation industry. Yenda irrigator Chris Morsehead hit the nail on the head when he said of the ACCC report into water markets; “there’s no smoking gun, there’s no silver bullet.” The…

Pavey slams Shooters-Labor-Greens alliance

The Shooters, Greens and Labor Party have voted to block greater transparency in the NSW water market in a disgraceful display of political games last night in the NSW Upper House. NSW Nationals Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said their decision to vote down the NSW Nationals’ Water Transparency and Accountability Bill…

New statewide specialised unit for mothers and babies

In a crucial development in the delivery of mental healthcare in NSW, new mothers with severe mental illness will soon be able to access care alongside their babies. Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor announced the state’s first public purpose-built acute Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) will support up to 120 women with acute or…

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New mental health unit for Tamworth Hospital

Tamworth Hospital will get a new purpose-built mental health unit, after refurbishment plans were scrapped in favour of a larger, modern building. Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the NSW Nationals in the state government opted to invest in a complete rebuild to better care for the acute mental health needs of Tamworth and…