Coffs bypass business boost

Coffs Harbour businesses are about to get a boost from the city’s bypass, with an industry briefing being held for local subcontractors and suppliers by major contractor Ferrovial Gamuda Joint Venture. Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said with major construction to kick off early next year, the project team is keen to ensure…

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Labor rips funding from emergency personnel

At a time when Australia has been experiencing widespread and devastating flooding in multiple states, the Albanese Labor Government has chosen to rip funding from our crucial frontline workers. The Coalition Government backed our essential first responders by providing $10 million over two years to charity organisation Fortem Australia, for essential mental health and wellbeing…

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Game changing technology for wine industry

Wine producers across NSW will test a new vineyard management app to strengthen the industry’s ability to respond to biosecurity threats. Minister for Agriculture and Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Track & Trace pilot project will be carried out in Mudgee, as well as Orange, Tumbarumba and Canberra. “Under the pilot,…

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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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