Steph Cooke

Locals to help upgrade Newell Highway

Businesses in Narrandera, Grong Grong, Ardlethan and surrounding areas are being encouraged to help build overtaking lanes on the Newell Highway, as part of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s $500 million commitment to improve safety, reduce travel times and improve freight productivity along the highway. NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads…


Better Q fever vaccine gets government funding

A new and improved Q Fever vaccine is progressing to pre-clinical trials following a $1.87 million injection from the NSW Nationals in the federal government. Announcing the investment in rural workers’ health, NSW Nationals Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton labelled Q Fever a major issue for regional Australians. “Q Fever is a disease that affects…

Michael Johnsen

Road safety grants help to save lives

NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen has encouraged local groups to put forward their ideas for programs designed to improve road safety in their own community. Round six of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Community Road Safety Grants program has recently opened, and aims to bring people with a passion and…

John Barilaro

Industrial renaissance for regional communities

The NSW Nationals in the state government are building five powerhouse economic precincts across regional NSW that will create up to 18,000 new jobs, attract new investors and strengthen regional economies. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Special Activation Precinct (SAP) program provides a roadmap for investment across the state…


Rex returning to skies above Grafton

Federal NSW Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan has announced Regional Express flights will resume into Clarence Valley Airport at Grafton. “I am extremely pleased that they have reconsidered and are now reinstating this important service for our community,” Mr Hogan said. “I have continued to work with REX, Clarence Valley Council and the Deputy…


Scouts and Guides get funding boost

Scouts NSW and the Girl Guides are two of the state’s most successful youth organisations, but COVID-19 has had a big impact on their operations with events and meetings cancelled in the wake of the pandemic. The NSW Nationals in the state government recognise the importance of scouts and guides in our regional communities and…


Helping students with reading and numeracy

A new assessment tool designed for NSW public schools to use during the COVID-19 pandemic is expanding to Year 3 students after overwhelmingly positive feedback from the new Year 5 and 9 assessment. NSW public school teachers will be armed with the new reading and numeracy assessment to help schools identify a student’s current abilities…