Newell Highway upgrade powering ahead

Construction of about 40 new overtaking lanes along the Newell Highway has hit the halfway mark with two lanes at Firetail now completed, lanes at Back Creek under construction, and safety work at Redbank to be completed shortly. The NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments are jointly investing $1.455 billion towards upgrading the…

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Government fights for fishing rights

Nationals Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall has taken aim at the Animal Justice Party for recklessly threatening the future of the state’s invaluable fishing industry. Mr Marshall said he would not entertain the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Aquatic Animal Recognition) Bill 2021 tabled before Parliament by the radical group. “The Animal Justice Party…

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Simply the zest

A popular family-owned juice company in Narromine will be able to upgrade its facilities, increase productivity, and create new jobs, thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Regional Job Creation Fund. Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said a $200,000 grant will help Mumble Peg install new equipment, including a colour vision grader…

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Paul Toole message for National Ag Day

Mother Nature has thrown everything at farmers over the past few years – droughts, fires, floods, a mice plague, a global pandemic causing a huge labour shortage, and in some part of the state around Forbes and the Central West, they’ve been hit again this week by floods. This is another cruel blow to farmers…

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More scholarships for students in regional Australia

Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan has welcomed funding to support tertiary students to move to the local area next year through the Australian Government’s Destination Australia program. Mr Conaghan said the funding would enable scholarships to be offered through TAFE NSW and Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie and Southern Cross University in…

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Disaster assistance for Forbes and Cowra

The Forbes and Cowra communities devastated by flooding of the Lachlan River have been thrown an economic lifeline, with Nationals Member for Riverina Michael McCormack announcing disaster assistance is now available. Mr McCormack said the assistance was targeted at Forbes and Cowra shire councils, residents, primary producers, small businesses and charities to help them recover.…

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NSW agriculture smashes growth records

New data released by the NSW government on the eve of National Ag Day reveals primary industries output has charged past all previous records and is now an estimated $20.9 billion industry. Nationals Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall released the 2021 NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Performance Data and Insights (PDI) report, which shows…

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