Coolamon open for business

Nationals Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, has officially opened the new Coolamon Business Park. “The Business Park has been built to help turbocharge opportunities for business and employment in Coolamon, which is obviously great news for the town and its surrounding areas,” Ms Cooke said. “Already, we’ve seen great outcomes for local businesses, with 50…

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Layzell asks “What about Bayswater?”

Nationals Member for Upper Hunter, Dave Layzell, has called on the NSW Government to ensure the Bayswater Power Station near Muswellbrook is part of the state’s Plan ‘B’ for future energy security. “I urge the Premier and his Minister for Energy to have a diversified approach rather than putting all of NSW’s eggs in the…

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Labour crisis remains – one year on from jobs and skills summit

The skills shortage crisis in regional Australia and agriculture remains, 12 months on from the Jobs and Skills Summit, pushing cost-of-living pressures higher. Nationals Leader David Littleproud said despite The Nationals taking a constructive role to represent regional Australia at Labor’s Jobs and Skills Summit one year ago, workforce shortages in the agriculture sector continued…

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All aboard the new TAMS bus

The Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service – Aboriginal Corporation (TAMS) – now has a new bus with wheelchair access, thanks to $166,699 from the former NSW Nationals’ Government’s Community and Place Grants Program. Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the new bus will allow the organisation to deliver culturally appropriate transport for the local Aboriginal…

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Labor’s sham inquiry on overhead power lines breaks the hearts of rural landholders

Nationals MLC Wes Fang has described as a “profound disappointment” a Legislative Council report that rejects the undergrounding of transmission infrastructure for renewable energy projects. The report, by the Standing Committee on State Development, has concluded: “That, in considering all the evidence, the current plan for constructing HumeLink as a 500 kV overhead transmission line…

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Junee: Have your say on regional bank closures

Federal Nationals Member for Riverina Michael McCormack is encouraging people in the Junee region to come forward and have their say on how regional bank closures are affecting them. The Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee’s Inquiry into Bank Closures in regional Australia will hold a public hearing in…

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North Coast police boost

Nationals’ Member for Clarence Richie Williamson with new police recruits, Constables Gavin Butcher and Samuel Burton who graduated from the Goulburn Police Academy earlier this year and are stationed at Casino Police Station.  Six new probationary constables will be deployed in the Richmond and Clarence Valleys, following the Attestation ceremony of Class 359 at the…

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Police boost for Dubbo and Wellington

Three new probationary constables have commenced duties in Dubbo and Wellington after 159 new officers attested at a formal ceremony at the Goulburn Police Academy. Nationals’ Leader and Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders, welcomed Probationary Constables Smith and Inskip to Dubbo Police Station and Probationary Constable McDonald to Wellington Police Station. “Being a police officer…

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