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Deputy PM slams petrol price gap

Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has strongly criticised petrol companies for failing to pass on price drops to regional customers. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the Australian economy and every motorist in regional Australia deserves price relief, Mr McCormack said. As not only Deputy Prime Minister but also Minister for Transport, Infrastructure…

John Barilaro

Department of Regional NSW established

A dedicated Department of Regional NSW has been established to better coordinate support for communities, businesses and farmers in the bush that have endured drought, bushfire and flood and now face the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Premier, NSW Nationals Leader and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the department will bring together…

Prioritising safety on the Mitchell Highway

A suite of safety measures are being rolled out along the Mitchell Highway with construction of wider road shoulders, improvements to drainage and installation of new roadside barriers now underway at Cooba Road, west of Dubbo. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the $1.25 million project was being delivered through the Safer Roads…

Securing freight access for farms and fisheries

A new $110 million initiative will back Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sector by helping them export their high-quality produce into key overseas markets, with return flights bringing back vital medical supplies, medicines and equipment. In addition, around $10 million in Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) levies will also be waived for all Commonwealth fishers, ensuring…

Diamond Beach firies benefit from community grant

NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has welcomed the funding announcement of $7750 for Diamond Beach RFS as part of the Community Building Partnership Scheme. This is fantastic news for not only Diamond Beach RFS, but the entire local community who are kept safe from fires thanks to the Diamond Beach unit,” Mr…

Meals on wheels services get more support

Regional seniors will benefit from reinforced and prioritised support for Meals on Wheels and similar services as people adhere to COVID-19 restrictions and stay at home. Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack said this $59.3 million measure was an important step to ensure some of our most vulnerable residents received the support they…

Wyangala Dam project moving ahead

Key engineering and environmental advisors have been appointed for the raising of the Wyangala Dam wall. NSW Nationals Water Minister Melinda Pavey announced a Stantec-GHD joint venture had been engaged for the project, which aimed to increase Wyangala’s storage capacity by 53 per cent, or an additional 650GL. Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said she…

Michael McCormack

Regional jobs to be saved with JobKeeper payment

The Federal Government will provide an unprecedented wage subsidy to around six million workers, including many throughout regional Australia, says Nationals Leader Michael McCormack. The Deputy Prime Minister and Riverina MP said the $130 billion JobKeeper payment would shield many regional Australians from losing their jobs. “This historic announcement goes to the heart of what…

Stay at home, say Nats MPs

The NSW Nationals in Government are asking people to put off non-essential travel between regional NSW towns and remote communities, telling them Easter holiday plans should be indefinitely postponed in line with the nationwide effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro said he was worried…

Exemptions for truckies at rest stops

The NSW Nationals have welcomed a common-sense exemption to keep freight moving, with restrictions on roadside eateries, truck driver lounges and rest stops eased. The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and the National Cabinet approved an exemption for roadhouses, dedicated truck stop facilities and truck driver lounges to remain open so Australia’s heavy vehicle…