Watershed moment for better Baaka and Bidgee

Significant progress has been made for communities across the Murray Darling Basin, with a new proposal presented to communities on two of the most significant projects associated with the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Nationals Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the re-scoped Menindee Lakes and Yanco Creek Offtake projects – two of the major…

David Gillespie

Key rural health scheme extended

A key rural health workforce program that enables nursing and dental students and trainee doctors to train in regional and rural Australia is being extended for another three years by the NSW Nationals in the federal government. Federal Nationals Regional Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie, said the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program provides high-quality…


Best teachers join FASTstream to the bush

The first 50 participants in a new elite program for the best graduates and early career teachers have been selected and matched with their new schools for the 2022 school year. Each year the program accepts a small number of outstanding candidates, who begin an intensive mentoring and accelerated leadership pathway, which includes placements at…

Perin Davey

Taskforce to examine regional bank branch closures

A Regional Banking Taskforce has been established to assess the impact of bank branch closures on regional communities. The Taskforce will bring together banks and other key stakeholders to assess how branch closures have impacted local businesses, industries, and communities, while working to identify possible solutions. Nationals Minister for Regionalisation Bridget McKenzie said the taskforce…


Major boost for Central West rail

A $30.3 million investment in the Bathurst to Parkes rail line is set deliver a major boost to freight and passenger capacity and lay the foundations to meet growing transport demand to and from the Central West. Deputy Premier and Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Nationals in the…

Gurmesh Singh

Scholarships for our vulnerable youth

Some of the state’s most disadvantaged young people will be supported to achieve their academic aspirations as part of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Youth Development Scholarships program. Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said young people across NSW have had to endure the effects of the pandemic and adapt to new…


Caring for care workers

A new training program will be piloted to help care workers look after themselves and the people they work with amid growing demand for trauma training. The trauma training program, funded by the NSW Nationals in the state government, will see existing aged, disability and community services workers learn about the effects of trauma on…


Landmark investment to help more women and children fleeing domestic violence

Thousands more women and children escaping domestic abuse will be supported with housing and specialist services following a landmark investment by the NSW Nationals in the state government. The government will invest an additional $484.3 million – the single biggest investment in tackling domestic and family violence (DFV) in the state’s history. The package includes:…