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Barnaby Joyce Press Club speech

After defeating Darius Ill in 330 BC, Alexander the Great went on to the Indus Valley, left and returned, left and never visited again, creating the vacuum which was the first-noted iteration of the troubles of Afghanistan. It was not much past the shadow of Bucephalus leaving, with Alexander’s Bactrian Princess Roxana, that the remnant…

Number one disease threat intercepted

Biosecurity officers at the Sydney Gateway Facility have intercepted a mail parcel with two live rooted rose plants, which are known hosts of Australia’s top plant disease threat. Head of Biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Andrew Tongue, said importing plants carried a huge risk of diseases. “Roses are a host…

Changes to stay-at-home orders for regional NSW

Stay-at-home orders will be lifted for Bega, Blayney, Bogan, Cabonne, Dungog, Forbes, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Parkes, Singleton, Snowy Monaro and Upper Hunter Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 1pm today (Thursday, September 16). Unfortunately stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Albury and Lismore LGAs from 6pm today (Thursday, September 16) for one week, due to an…

Water

Water blueprint launched

The NSW Nationals in the state government have launched the NSW Water Strategy – a 20-year blueprint to deliver resilient and sustainable water resources to communities across the state. The strategy coincides with the launch of the Water Project Map – a new tool for people to access information about all water infrastructure projects across…

Black Summer bushfire recovery grants extended

The NSW Nationals in the federal government have extended applications for Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Program grants in eligible local government areas until 5.00pm Wednesday, October 6, 2021. The areas include the MidCoast, Port Macquarie-Hastings, and Dungog Shire council areas. Grants of between $20,000 and $10 million are available to support regions affected by the…

Lismore’s new mountain bike track open for business

The new mountain bike skills course at Nesbitt Park in Lismore has been officially opened. The creation of the course involved demolishing part of the existing BMX track, undertaking drainage work, re-establishing landscaping and vegetation, and installing the sorts of bike skill features that normally would be found in a bushland setting. Nationals MLC Ben…

Historic Blue Mountains tunnel a step closer

Plans to build Australia’s longest road tunnel between Blackheath and Little Hartley are powering ahead, with a major contract awarded for the environmental assessment. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said AECOM Australia had been selected in a competitive tender process to work on the proposed 11-kilometre tunnel, a central component of…

COVID support payments expanded

The NSW Nationals in the state government have announced an additional $287.5 million in COVID-19 financial support to assist workers and vulnerable communities in rural, regional, and metropolitan NSW. The additional funding will see the COVID-19 emergency hardship payments, test and isolate support payments, and community empowerment grants expanded across all of NSW. Deputy Premier…