Nats in government transform training in Scone

The NSW Nationals in the state government have announced a major expansion of TAFE training facilities in the Upper Hunter. A $3 million multi-trades workshop and mobile training storage facility will be built at the Scone Connected Learning Centre. Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro said the $3 million workshop will complement the…

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Securing the future of mining communities

The NSW Nationals in the state government have announced a new program designed to ensure a strong future for coal mining communities for decades to come. The Royalties for Rejuvenation program will see $25 million in coal royalties set aside each year to ensure coal mining communities have the support they need to develop other…

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Nats luminary heads up vital freight organisation

The Hon Warren Truss AC – the former longserving Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister – has been reappointed Chair of the Australian Rail Track Corporation. Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Michael McCormack said Mr Truss’s wealth of knowledge in governance, freight and regional Australia continued to make him a valuable asset to the…

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New pilot programme for Northern Rivers veterans

Referrals are being taken for a pilot program for Northern Rivers veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress and Substance Use Disorders. The program will be run by The Buttery, a not-for-profit, charitable mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation organisation based near Bangalow in Northern NSW, and will be funded with a $300,000 grant from the…

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Anzac Day

On Sunday, April 25 we observe ANZAC Day, and remember those who fought for their country in the past and those who continue to serve today. The ANZAC legend was born on the other side of the world 106 years ago. In the early hours of April 25, 1915, Australian, New Zealand, and Allied troops…

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Flood recovery hits the right notes

The NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments are offering grants of up to $50,000 to help small businesses recover from last month’s devastating floods. Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro said the grants will provide much-needed assistance for the ongoing clean-up and recovery. “We are committed to building a safer and…

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Nats secure support for ag shows and field days

More support for agricultural shows and field days is on the way thanks to the NSW Nationals in the federal government. Agriculture Minister and Nationals Deputy Leader David Littleproud announced 110 events will share in more than $710,000 in supplementary expenses claims under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days programme. “Almost $34 million has…

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Iconic Junee theatre gets new lease of life

Junee’s Athenium Theatre has reopened, following extensive upgrades funded by the NSW Nationals in the state government. NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke officially opened the improvements which include a new commercial kitchen, storage, outdoor function space, and new air conditioning. The work was paid for with three NSW Nationals in the state government…

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Nats in government show off Hunter’s finest

A trade mission led by the NSW Nationals in the state government is showcasing the Hunter to ambassadors from 14 countries and the European Union. The mission, which is the fifth in three years, is part of a targeted investment strategy aimed at making regional NSW the preferred choice of global investors. Deputy Premier and…

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Heavy vehicle health check

The NSW Nationals in the federal government are securing safer roads, with the second major health check of the country’s heavy vehicle fleet about to get underway. Federal Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said heavy vehicle operators should take a few minutes before each trip to check basic safety items on their…

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Local Nats back local youth

The upgraded Ariah Park Skate Park is open for business the state’s southwest, thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state government. NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke opened the improvements to the park, which were funded through a $100,000 grant from the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. The…

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Drought resilience and innovation hub

The NSW Nationals in the federal government are continuing to help communities exposed to drought, with a new initiative set to launch in Wagga Wagga. Farmers and communities in southern NSW will benefit from the new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub in Wagga Wagga, announced by Nationals Leader Michael McCormack and Agriculture Minister David…

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Waterfall Way reopens

There’s some good news from the Coffs Coast, with the Waterfall Way reopening following extensive landslip damage between Dorrigo and Bellingen. Deputy Premier and Disaster Recovery Minister John Barilaro said crews from Transport for NSW, Bellingen Council and local contractors had worked around the clock over the Easter long weekend to re-open the road that’s…

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