Bushfire cleanup meets initial target as rebuild begins

The NSW Nationals in Government’s bushfire clean-up program has met the initial 2800 property clearing target and further support for communities has been announced through a rebuild and housing strategy. NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said all 18 eligible registered properties in the Coffs Harbour LGA had been cleared by Laing O’Rourke…

Funding boost for Myall Lakes infrastructure

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the funding will help both the Blackhead Surf Life Saving Club and the Forster-Tuncurry Men’s Shed continue supporting the community and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and bushfires. The funding provided to Black Head SLSC works include installation of water tanks, security system and external lighting, solar…

Shark funding to continue for North Coast beaches

Beachgoers all along the Northern Rivers will continue to be protected against shark attacks, with the NSW Nationals in Government investing a further $8 million in world-leading shark management technologies up and down the NSW coast. NSW Nationals Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin welcomed the announcement and said a modern fleet of shark-spotting…

Gatekeepers to provide suicide prevention support

A legion of ‘Gatekeepers’ will help protect communities across NSW, with more than 10,000 volunteers in high-risk populations and industries being trained in suicide prevention. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW Nationals in Government were proud to deliver the first initiative of the Towards Zero Suicides program with a $2.8 million investment in community…

Common sense support for real Australians

The Federal Nationals in Government have secured a number of important measures to help regular Australians. Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the measures were part of the economic plan that will support regional communities and secure a strong economic and jobs recovery. Tax relief for low and middle-income earners Low and middle-income…

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh

Millions to support local seafood businesses

Commercial fishing, aquaculture and charter boat industries on the Coffs Coast are getting critical relief, with the NSW Nationals in Government announcing $9 million in support of seafood industries. NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said it was important to the support the sector, which has taken a hit from bushfires and now…

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…