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Rethink weekend travel through the Blue Mountains

Sydney visitors to the Central West and those from the west heading to Sydney are urged to delay their weekend travel across the Blue Mountains, with continuing impacts to road and rail networks from recent flooding. Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional New South Wales, and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said flood damage along the…

Regional kids buckle up for safer school bus journeys

Students in regional communities can now buckle up and ride to and from school more safely with seatbelts installed in every dedicated school bus in rural and regional NSW. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the $237 million seatbelt program would give regional students, their families and entire communities the reassurance…

Doors open at flood recovery centres

Dedicated community Recovery Centres are now operating in Ballina, Casino, Kyogle, Lismore, Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah to provide face-to-face support for locals affected by the unprecedented flood event. Resilience NSW staff at each Recovery Centre will help flood victims navigate through the recovery process. Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the Recovery Centres would allow impacted locals…

Historic Prince Alfred Bridge memorial options

The NSW Nationals in the state government have commissioned a heritage expert to memorialise the Prince Alfred Bridge at Gundagai. Conrad Gargett Group Pty Ltd will assess community feedback and identify the most appropriate tribute for the timber road viaduct. Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the nearly 140 memorial ideas that had been…

Activating eco-tourism at Flirtation Hill

Mudgee is set to add another family-friendly attraction to its abundant tourism offerings, thanks to a partnership between the NSW Nationals in the state government and Mid-Western Regional Council. Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders has announced $375,000 from the Regional Tourism Acceleration Fund for the Council to develop tourism infrastructure at Flirtation Hill. “Mudgee’s…

Mal Lanyon appointed Northern NSW Flood Recovery Co-ordinator

The NSW Government has appointed NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon as Northern NSW Recovery Coordinator. The decision to make the appointment to substantially boost the state’s flood recovery coordination was made after the Premier, Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience spent much of the last week visiting Northern Rivers communities, gaining…

Putting health first during NSW Women’s Week

Shining a light on women and girls’ wellbeing is the focus of the inaugural NSW Women’s Health Expo, being held today as part of the 2022 NSW Women’s Week celebrations. Nationals Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the theme of the event is the lifecycle of a woman, with keynote speakers and interactive workshops focusing…