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Getting the good soil on farming innovation

A consortium of southern farmers will use a $2.5 million Nationals in Government grant to pioneer a new soil modelling system which has the potential to dramatically boost on-farm sustainability and productivity. Federal Nationals Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said Temora-based Farmlink Research Ltd’s soil future-proofing project would receive funding under the second round of the…

Newell Highway upgrades accelerated with Nats

Federal Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says the Riverina and Central West will benefit from a $570 million state-wide infrastructure package. The Nationals in Government have been working to bring forward critical road projects across the State to drive jobs, strengthen the economy and get people home sooner and safer. Mr McCormack,…

Building disaster resilience in regional NSW

The NSW Nationals in Government will inject more than $2 million into recruiting volunteers and developing their leadership skills to enhance disaster resilience across the State. Funding will be divided between the NSW Community Resilience Innovation Programs (CRIP) which receives $1.4 million and $630,000 for the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme (EVSS). The State’s west will…

Funds flow for emergency water infrastructure

More than 30 urgent water infrastructure projects will get underway in drought-stricken communities thanks to $87 million in funding from the NSW Nationals in Government. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Water Melinda Pavey made the announcement in Dubbo following a historic Community Cabinet held in Bourke. “The entire…

Local tradies the first pick for school maintenance

NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen says a new initiative will enable local tradies to get school maintenance jobs in the region. Mr Johnsen said local tradies would be given preference with a new online system allowing businesses to engage directly with the NSW Government on projects in the region. “The online procurement…

Grants to help rebuild fire-affected communities

Primary producers and small businesses impacted by recent fires in the Northern Tablelands, North Coast and Mid North Coast have received welcome relief with the announcement of $15,000 recovery grants. NSW Nationals Agriculture Minister and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall welcomed the announcement, saying it was critical to help farmers get back on their…

Nationals deliver $1 million in BlazeAid funding to take the strain off bushfire recovery

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall have announced a $1 million cash injection for volunteer organisation BlazeAid, allowing it to continue rebuilding vital farm fences destroyed during the recent devastating bushfires. Mr Barilaro said the funding would alleviate financial pressures on BlazeAid so it could get…

Steph Cooke

Historic legislation to protect farmers passed

NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed the passing of the Right to Farm Bill 2019 through the NSW Parliament. This historic legislation will make sure that farmers can carry out their lawful business activities without the fear of vexatious nuisance claims. It will also protect farmers from trespass and harassment. Ms Cooke…