Michael McCormack

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,…

Free mental health service for regional workers

NSW Nationals Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson has announced additional funding for a free SMS service providing mental health counselling to 3 million workers in NSW’s rural and regional areas. Mr Anderson said the VirtualPsychologist service, part of SafeWork NSW’s Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy 2018-22, was making a huge difference to those…

Additional support for flying doctors

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) can now expand its work in protecting our regional communities thanks to an additional $810,000 from the NSW Nationals in Government. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the RFDS South Eastern Section was receiving $750,000 for two additional fully equipped Mobile Service Vehicles with full time staff…

Nationals branch takes meetings online

The NSW Nationals are adapting to life during social distancing, with the Bathurst Branch holding an online eMeeting via a teleconference on Tuesday evening. The eMeeting was organised by Bathurst Branch secretary/treasurer Lachlan Sullivan, and members were emailed an invitation to participate. “We had an excellent response with around 20 attendees,” Mr Sullivan said. “The…

Some restrictions to be eased from May

The NSW Nationals welcome the Government’s decision to start easing social restrictions from May 1. From Friday, May 1, two adults (and any dependent children) are able to visit another household to reduce social isolation. This is a result of the hard work put in by the vast majority of people in NSW who have…