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Immediate disaster assistance + waste levy waived for flood-affected areas

Individuals and councils impacted by flooding can now access the first tranche of NSW Government support through Service NSW. Since February 22, 17 Local Government Areas have been declared as disaster areas. These are: Armidale, Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Glen Innes Severn, Hornsby, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie/Hastings, Richmond, Tenterfield, The…

Major project to deliver more reliable energy to NSW

The Queensland-NSW Interconnector (QNI) project, a major grid transmission upgrade that will ensure more reliable supply of electricity to customers at all times, including during periods of peak demand, is on track for completion by May 2022. The electricity interconnector, which allows power to flow in both directions, will enable load sharing between the states…

Flood update

As of 5.30am today, the SES has received a total of 8,443 requests for assistance and has carried out 1,399 flood rescues. The LGAs of Armidale Regional Council, Ballina Shire Council, Bellingen Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Clarence Valley Council, Coffs Harbour City Council, Glen Innes Severn Council, Kempsey Shire Council, Kyogle Council, Lismore City…

Improvements start at Cundletown Interchange

Motorists will soon enjoy better and safer access to the Cundletown Interchange on the Pacific Highway with improvement work now underway. The $9.3 million project is jointly funded by the NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments through the Australian Government’s Road Safety Program. Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said motorists…

Crop records continue

Both Winter and Summer crops across Australia have seen extraordinary outcomes in 2021-22. Executive Director of ABARES Dr Jared Greenville said the latest Australian Crop Report showed Winter crop production was revised to an even higher record, while Summer crops are forecast to be the fourth highest on record. “Winter crop harvests smashed our expectations…

Celebrate seniors helping communities thrive

Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging nominations for recognition as part of the 2022 NSW Seniors Festival Local Achievement Awards. “Seniors are invaluable to our small communities as volunteers, carers and role models – even more so during such a challenging year,” Ms Cooke said. “If you know a senior who helps make…

Flood update and disaster declarations

Lismore’s flood peaked at 14.4 metres. It’s the largest flood on record. The previous record was 12.17 metres. At 2:30am today the flood level was 13.3 metres. At this stage more than 1,300 people have registered for assistance As of 5am today, the SES has received a total of 6,296 requests for assistance, while crews…

New program to strengthen career pathways

Students at five Upper Hunter high schools are being encouraged to explore exciting career opportunities through the expansion of the successful Educational Pathways Program. Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said the program aims to improve education and career pathways for high school students by connecting them to real-world skills, training, and experience. “This…

“Catastrophic” flood update

Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is continuing over the Northern Rivers district and northern parts of the Mid North Coast. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 80 and 120 mm are likely, possibly reaching in excess of 150 mm. Locally INTENSE RAINFALL leading to dangerous and LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING is possible with thunderstorms with…