New disaster reconstruction authority

A new authority dedicated to disaster preparedness, recovery, and reconstruction from natural disasters will be established under legislation introduced to Parliament today. The creation of a NSW Reconstruction Authority was a key recommendation of the independent Flood Inquiry, conducted by Professor Mary O’Kane AC and Mick Fuller APM. Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the Reconstruction…

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Chris Gulaptis valedictory speech

There have been a few tears and plenty of laughs as Nationals Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis delivered his valedictory speech today. This is what he had to say. I feel like I am about to give my own eulogy—but no, he’s still alive, so it is actually last rites and confession. My staff and…

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Labor taxing flood grants?

Over a week has passed and there is still no clarification from the federal Labor government on whether victims of recent flooding across eastern Australia will be taxed on flood assistance grants they receive. Shadow Minister for Emergency Management, Senator Perin Davey, said the Prime Minister and Minister Murray Watt need to be more transparent…

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Nats deliver Forster’s first ambulance station

Local paramedics have been handed the keys to Forster’s first ambulance station with construction of the new state-of-the-art station now complete. Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the new purpose-built station on Breese Parade was delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $232 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration program. “We’ve reached the final…

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More communities now disaster-declared

Joint-funded disaster assistance is now available in an additional 11 local government areas following severe flooding across New South Wales which began on September 14 and which continues to impact significant parts of the state. The LGAs are: Bega Valley, Junee, Muswellbrook, Nambucca Valley, Shoalhaven, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Temora, Walcha, Yass Valley, and the…

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Pens down for HSC class of 2022

The 2022 Higher School Certificate exams are officially over, after 3,629 Design and Technology students finished the final exam. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said this marks the end of a 13-year schooling career for 67,327 HSC students. “The Class of 2022 have worked tremendously hard to get to this point…

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154 new paramedics join the ranks

Frontline services have received a welcome boost with another 154 new paramedic recruits inducted today, part of a $1.76 billion funding boost in ambulance services. This is the second cohort of paramedics starting work this financial year, following 95 paramedics joining the ranks in August. The recruits are in addition to the record 750 paramedics…

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