More Aussies buying local online

The NSW Nationals have welcomed new research showing that Australians are increasingly supporting local businesses online. Conducted by Venture Insights on behalf of NBN Co, the research found that 49 per cent of respondents have increased their spending on online shopping since social distancing measures came into effect. More than two thirds (70 per cent)…


New Clarence prison set to open

The opening of the new Clarence Correctional Centre next week will deliver 600 jobs and a $560 million boost to the regional economy, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis. “Australia’s newest and largest prison will officially take its first inmate on July 1,” Mr Gulaptis said. “The state-of-the-art correctional centre, funded by the NSW…

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Restoration and rehabilitation grant for Muswellbrook

NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen has announced $73,776 from the NSW Environmental Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation grant for Muswellbrook Council to restore the endangered Hunter River Redgum ecological community. Mr Johnsen said the NSW Environmental Trust grants would help Muswellbrook Council to support ongoing management and stewardship of local environmental assets and…


Vital funding for regional airports

Regional airports will receive a funding injection in another step taken by the Federal Nationals in Government to help Australia’s aviation industry get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack said the Regional Airports Program would assist the owners of regional airports to undertake essential works, promoting aviation safety and…


Old Cooma Road completed well ahead of schedule

A huge milestone for Queanbeyan, Googong and surrounding communities has been reached with NSW Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro officially opening the duplication of Old Cooma Road. Mr Barilaro said this major upgrade will make a significant difference to lives of the thousands of motorists who use the road regularly. “Old Cooma Road is…


High point in Coffs Harbour Hospital expansion

Construction of the $194m Coffs Harbour Hospital redevelopment is powering ahead as the building reaches its highest point, NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh says. To celebrate this milestone, Mr Singh joined Mid North Coast Local Health District Governing Board chair Warren Grimshaw AM and chief executive Stewart Dowrick, along with Health Infrastructure…


Nats securing Tamworth’s water supply

Tamworth’s water supply will be boosted by the environmental approval of a drought response pipeline to keep the water flowing for the 62,000 residents of the regional city. The Nationals in Government have fought hard for the approval of the project, which still ensures that rigorous assessment processes included consideration of threatened species and their…

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Tweed Valley Hospital one step closer

The final plans for the $673.2 million Tweed Valley Hospital have been given the green light by the NSW Nationals in Government, paving the way for the main building works to begin. NSW Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said planning approval of the final hospital design, buildings and landscaping works was a significant milestone…


Youth program creates pathways to employment

The Goonellabah Youth Arts Café will offer an innovative program to young people to help them create pathways to employment, thanks to a $195,000 grant from the NSW Nationals in Government and the dedicated work of the YWCA. Local partners will bring together live training in hospitality, customer service and employment skills as well as…