Breaking ground on new Cooma emergency centre

Construction has begun on a new emergency management hub for the Snowy Monaro region thanks to an $8.5 million investment by the NSW Nationals. Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke joined Nationals Member for Monaro Nichole Overall and NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Rob Rogers to turn the first sod on the…

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Big boost for regional teacher training

An innovative approach to teacher training in regional NSW has proven wildly successful and is now being doubled to accommodate demand from aspiring teachers. While the Grow Your Own Teacher Training program initially planned to support up to 100 School Learning Support Officers (SLSOs) to upskill and study teaching degrees while working in local schools,…

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Smiths Lake Recreation Area upgrade

A community planting day has taken place as part of the Smiths Lake Recreation Area upgrade on the Barrington Coast. The project is being supported with $68,293 in Federal funding which was made available under Round 2 of the former Coalition Government’s Local Roads & Community Infrastructure program. Federal Nationals’ MP for Lyne, Dr David…

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New school year begins in western NSW

More than 14,000 students across 120 schools in the state’s central and far west have headed back into the classroom today for the start of the 2023 school year. The western division includes schools from Broken Hill, Wee Waa, Walgett, Rankins Springs, Louth, Hay, Gol Gol, Deniliquin and Ashford. They receive additional holiday dates at…

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Talent on show as 2022 HSC students take centre stage

The next generation of performers, inventors and creators have put their talents on display in a NSW-first ceremony to launch the 2023 HSC Showcase season. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said for the first time, all 458 students selected for special HSC showcases were celebrated at an Oscars-like awards ceremony. “This…

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Cash in the bank for Upper Hunter road repairs

Nationals’ MP Dave Layzell has welcomed more funding for councils across the Upper Hunter electorate as part of the $500 million Regional and Local Roads Repair Program to fix more potholes. Mr Layzell said four local council will share in more than $7 million to fix council owned roads. “This is all about fixing the…

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Tamworth hockey big funding winner

There’s good news on the way for local hockey stars ahead of this season with Tamworth Hockey Association winning two Stronger Country Communities Fund grants in the latest round of funding. Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the $118,648 and $141,475 grants would allow the organisation to install a new covered outdoor area, install…

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$24 million rail freight boost in the west

The NSW Nationals will invest more than $24 million into upgrading 96 kilometres of rail line between Gilgandra and Coonamble to help boost freight loads and lower costs. Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the funding is part of the government’s $400 million Fixing Country Rail Program. “The NSW Nationals are…

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Backing sporting equality for women and girls

Women and girls across NSW will have access to more inclusive sporting facilities, thanks to the NSW Government’s $25 million Female Friendly Sport Facilities and Lighting Upgrades Program. Almost 100 community sport facilities are set to be transformed, delivering female-friendly change rooms, amenities and lighting upgrades, which is one of the biggest barriers that prevent…

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Nats deliver record health investment across the Far West

Nationals Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor, NSW Nationals’ candidate for Barwon Annette Turner, and Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole Communities in the state’s Far West are benefiting from a record health investment, as part of the NSW Nationals’ commitment to ensuring the people of rural and regional NSW have access…

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Transforming healthcare in the Cowra region

The Cowra community can look forward to enhanced health services within a new state-of-the art facility, with early works underway for the $110.2 million Cowra Hospital redevelopment. Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has turned the first sod at the new purpose-built facility, due for completion in 2025. “The start of early works marks a…

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New prehistoric destination for the town on the $10 note

Gulgong is set to be the home of one of the world’s most significant private fossil collections thanks to a major investment from the NSW Nationals’ Regional Tourism Activation Fund (RTAF). Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders has announced $3 million for Mid-Western Regional Council to build the Gulgong Natural History Museum. “Gulgong is well-known…

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