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Historic legislation to protect farmers passed

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...

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Nationals pass bill to fast-track water infrastructure

Nationals pass bill to fast-track water infrastructure

NSW Nationals Water Minister Melinda Pavey has welcomed the passage of the Water Supply (Critical Needs) Bill 2019 through NSW Parliament. Mrs Pavey said the temporary legislation would allow the Government to fast-track water infrastructure projects where there is a...

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Farraway makes inaugural address in Parliament

Farraway makes inaugural address in Parliament

The NSW Nationals' newest Member of Parliament made his inaugural speech on Wednesday night. Read excerpts below: At the outset, it would be remiss of me, on this day in the midst of a week of unprecedented fire risks that our State has faced and continues to face,...

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Delivering vital support to more farmers

Delivering vital support to more farmers

The Federal Nationals in Government are delivering real improvements to the support payment that puts food on the table, petrol in the tank and pay household bills for farming families struggling with the ongoing drought. Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said the...

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Western NSW flights take off on November 25

Western NSW flights take off on November 25

Regional carrier Air Link has announced regular air services for NSW rural communities will start soon, thanks to a partnership with the Far North West Joint Organisation (FNWJO) and the NSW Nationals in Government. Air Link will operate scheduled services between...

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Assistance for fire-affected landholders

Assistance for fire-affected landholders

The NSW Nationals in Government are urging bushfire-affected landholders, with concerns about their animals and livestock, to reach out for assistance through the Agricultural Services Hotline on 1800 814 647. Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land...

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Powerful new body to tackle drought

Powerful new body to tackle drought

Drought-stricken communities will soon have a powerful new body working to solve problems on the ground. The NSW Nationals in Government will establish an Office of Drought Response to enable increased support for rural and regional communities. The office will bring...

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State braces for ‘catastrophic’ bushfires

State braces for ‘catastrophic’ bushfires

Almost a million hectares of bushland across NSW has been destroyed as firefighters prepare for catastrophic fire danger on Tuesday. High temperatures, gusty winds and dry conditions will increase the fire danger across the state, as firefighters do their best to...

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Have your say on Great Western Highway

Have your say on Great Western Highway

The community will help shape plans for the $2.5 billion duplication of the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow, which will deliver a safer, faster route over the Blue Mountains. NSW Nationals Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said the...

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Commemorating the fallen on November 11

Commemorating the fallen on November 11

On November 11 Australia will commemorate the anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has encouraged people to participate in a local commemorative service and observe a minute’s...

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Step up in drought budget support

Step up in drought budget support

Drought-hit farmers, small businesses and rural towns are set for an immediate cash injection to keep stock fed and watered, keep businesses open, keep locals in work and pump funds into local economies. The Nationals in Government have continued to argue for more...

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Community comes together to thank volunteers

Community comes together to thank volunteers

The smoke is slowly dissipating over the Port Macquarie-Hastings region following serious bushfires over the past few weeks, and the community of Lake Cathie are preparing to thank the volunteers of the Rural Fire Service and the other agencies involved during the...

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Facelift for two community spaces in Grafton

Facelift for two community spaces in Grafton

The revitalisation of two important community spaces in Grafton are underway thanks to the NSW Nationals in Government. Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis took a closer look at the new playground at Jacaranda Park and Ellem Oval; both projects that received the...

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Vocational traineeships to be fee-free from next year

Vocational traineeships to be fee-free from next year

Opportunities for local employers to take on more trainees are now available following the launch of fee-free government-subsidised traineeships. NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said there has never been a better time to consider traineeships through...

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Project Walwaay helps Dubbo kids make good choices

Project Walwaay helps Dubbo kids make good choices

A new project to help Indigenous youth at risk of entering the criminal justice system has been launched in Dubbo. The NSW Police Force developed Project Walwaay (meaning ‘young man’) to better support Aboriginal youth to ensure they didn’t end up on the wrong side of...

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Bungendore Ambulance Station opens its doors

Bungendore Ambulance Station opens its doors

NSW Nationals Leader and Member for Monaro John Barilaro has heralded an exciting milestone for Bungendore and surrounds, with the opening of the town’s new ambulance station. Mr Barilaro said the opening of the new station meant when residents were in need, help was...

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Funding boost for West Wyalong Showground

Funding boost for West Wyalong Showground

NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced $29,775 funding to complete some much-needed building upgrades at West Wyalong Showground. The funding, which was secured under the $16.5 million Crown Reserves Improvement Fund, will ensure the showground...

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Recognising our hidden treasures

Recognising our hidden treasures

Bathurst MP Paul Toole has proudly announced two local community volunteers acknowledged on the 2019 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll. Mr Toole congratulated Sarah Boorer and Alison Shurmer for their hard work and dedication to others at the Bathurst Seymour Centre....

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