Free preschool for up to six months

Parents in NSW will not have to pay preschools fees for up to six months thanks to a $51 million funding package announced by the NSW Nationals in Government. The Government has also committed up to $82 million to support 260 council childcare centres who are not eligible for the JobKeeper payments. Minister for Education…

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Queanbeyan CBD transformation moving ahead

Mr Barilaro said the announcement is a light at the end of the tunnel for local businesses during an extremely challenging time. “The $10 million boost from the $170 million Drought Stimulus Package will improve pedestrian access, boost safety and importantly support local retail,” Mr Barilaro said. The upgrades are planned for a section of…

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Targeted support for the arts

To help the Arts sector deal with the devastating impact of COVID-19, which has seen performances cancelled, venues closed and many performers and crew hit by the loss of gigs, the Federal Nationals in Government are committing $27 million in targeted support across three particularly vulnerable areas of specific need. In regional Australia, many artists…

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Hearing the voice of regional youth

NSW Nationals Regional Youth Minister Bronnie Taylor has joined those working remotely with a Regional Youth Taskforce (RYT) teleconference focusing on how young people in regional and rural communities connect digitally and physically to individuals and services. Established in 2019, the RYT advises the Minister and NSW Government agencies on policy decisions and issues affecting…

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Reminder to get your flu jab

With the 2020 flu season not far away, Federal Nationals Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton is encouraging people to book in for a vaccination against seasonal influenza during April – particularly those in vulnerable groups or age brackets. The vaccination, which can be arranged by a GP, pharmacist or aged care provider, is recommended by…

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Respect our frontline health workers

Mid-north coast Nationals MPs have appealed to the public to respect and be kind to our frontline health workers. Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said health workers were a lifeline for the community during the current coronavirus pandemic and their actions deserve our thanks, not abuse. “I want to thank all of our…

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Congratulations to Shane Fitzsimmons

The NSW Nationals are thanking outgoing NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons for his decades of service to the state, including 12 years as RFS leader, as he prepares to head up the newly-created agency Resilience NSW. Wagga Wagga-based Nationals Upper House MP Wes Fang congratulated the Commissioner on his new appointment. “I can…

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