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Community groups benefit with Nats in Tweed

NSW Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has announced two projects will receive a combined total of $979,975 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund. The Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre has secured NSW Nationals in Government funding to deliver the innovative Tweed Coast YouthPlanted Program. This program has been co-designed with young people themselves and the Cabarita…

Finding opportunities in the midst of adversity

An Emerald Beach man who is retraining to become a park ranger is among many enrolling in a TAFE NSW COVID-19 fee-free support course. NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the Government had introduced 21 fee-free courses to allow communities to upskill during the pandemic. Among those was Jackson Kemister, 26, who…

Nats in Government begin replanting after bushfires

A $1 million expansion will double the capacity of Forestry Corporation’s Grafton Production Nursery, fast-tracking efforts to replant timber plantations affected by fires over the Black Summer, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced. Mr Gulaptis said he was delighted to have his Nationals colleague, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Forestry John Barilaro onsite…

Funding to boost domestic violence support

Domestic violence victim-survivors will have more vital help available during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the NSW and Federal Nationals in Government investing more than $21 million to boost frontline services and other supports. The investment comprises $12.8 million from the state and $8.8 million from the Commonwealth. This funding is vital as the pandemic has…

Six projects to make Orange roads safer

Motorists will soon benefit from a suite of safety measures rolling out across the Orange electorate with more than $16 million to be invested into 10 projects, through round three of the NSW Nationals in Government’s Safer Roads Program. Local NSW Nationals MLC Sam Farraway said Orange would welcome six new projects through the Safer…

Regional Education Minister Andrew Gee

Boosting student numbers in regional Australia

More Australian students will receive scholarships to study outside the capital cities to support regional communities and education providers. The second round of applications for the Australian Government’s Destination Australia program allows regional universities and vocational education providers to apply to offer scholarships of up to $15,000 a student per year. The Nationals in Government…

Pat Conaghan

Conaghan joins National Acknowledgement of Country

Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan joined many Australians in a National Acknowledgement of Country on Wednesday to show respect for our nation’s Traditional Owners. Mr Conaghan said it was part of National Reconciliation Week, which runs until next Wednesday and this year’s theme is ‘In This Together’. “Today and the whole of this week…

Michael Johnsen

Grassroots sports groups share in $4.6 million boost

NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen has announced sports organisations in his electorate have shared in $4.6 million of grants to purchase equipment, improve facilities and increase participation opportunities. Mr Johnsen said the grants would assist local sporting organisations as COVID-19 restrictions slowly eased. “Sport is a vital part of the fabric of…

Investing in our smart farming future

Sustainable farming efforts are being boosted thanks to the Nationals in Government with more support on offer under the latest round of the $43.5 million Smart Farms Small Grants program. This program is developing and extending new tools and technologies to help farmers and regional communities adopt best practice land management. Nationals Deputy Leader and…