Staggered return to the classroom in NSW

The NSW government has released its back-to-school plan. It will see a staggered return to face-to-face learning from October, HSC exams will be delayed until November, and there will be mandatory vaccinations for school staff. The staggered return to face-to-face learning will begin on Monday October 25 with students in Kindergarten and Year 1. Students…

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More grants for Murray-Darling rivers and wetlands

Nationals Riverina MP Michael McCormack is encouraging eligible community groups, farmers, and landholders to apply for grants under round two of the Murray-Darling Healthy Rivers Program, which is now open for applications. Mr McCormack said several organisations in the Riverina and Central West were already benefiting from the previous round of grants. “Narrawa Seeds at…

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New bushfire recovery projects for Cowper

More than 100 new bushfire recovery projects have been selected to aid in the recovery of native wildlife and habitat in seven regions severely impacted by the Black Summer bushfires – part of a $14 million commitment by the NSW Nationals in the federal government. Landcare Australia and the National Landcare Network are co-ordinating the projects…

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48 hour New England vaxathon

Tamworth, Gunnedah, and Manilla are hosting a 48 hour “vaxathon” this weekend. The local primary health community is joining forces to give our vaccination rate a boost by delivering more than 3,000 doses. 13 health providers in the region will offer the AstraZeneca vaccine on Saturday and Sunday (August 28 and 29) Nationals MP for…

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NSW welcomes Commonwealth early childhood support

The NSW Nationals in the state government have welcomed a new support package announced by the Commonwealth for early childhood education services. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the sector was in desperate need of support given the significant impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on services. “The NSW Government…

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New Youth Advisory Council holds first meeting

Twelve of the state’s brightest young leaders have been appointed to the 2021-22 Youth Advisory Council, reaffirming the commitment of the NSW Nationals in the state government to embed the voices of children and young people in its work. The Youth Advisory Council provides young people with the opportunity to influence decisions that will create…

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Plans to unlock old Grafton Gaol

The NSW Nationals in the state government have taken the first step towards repurposing the site of one of Australia’s oldest prisons, the former Grafton Gaol, to deliver better social, health, and economic benefits to the community. NSW Nationals Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said a new subdivision plan for the 130-year-old…

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