Big win for teachers and students in the bush

Teachers and students at schools across regional NSW will benefit from a complete overhaul of how the government attracts and retains teachers in the bush. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW government commissioned the Review of Rural and Remote Incentives in NSW Public Schools, which focused on improving the benefits for regional teachers by…

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$1.93 million in federal funding for Tuncurry

The NSW Nationals in the federal government have committed $1.93 million for recreation park upgrades and a new sustainability centre in Tuncurry. Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie MP joined MidCoast Council Deputy Mayor Clair Pontin and community members to turn the first sod at Tuncurry Water Park, ahead of work beginning on…

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Funding boost for Cowra roads

Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed investment of $929,250 for Cowra Shire Council, under the latest round of the Fixing Local Roads Program to improve regional roads. Cowra’s project will involve sealing the Local Collector Network and is among 138 to roll-out under the $153 million third round of the program. “This project…

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Local sparkies help public schools shine

The NSW Nationals in the state government are calling for local tradies to install smart LED lights in NSW public schools, improving the quality of classrooms and cutting power bills. The $157.8 million LED Lighting Upgrade Program was launched last year as a stimulus response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is targeted at replacing old…

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Major milestone in Coffs bypass

The Rural Fire Service Solitary brigade has moved into its new and improved home, marking a major milestone in the delivery of the Coffs Harbour bypass project. As part of early works, the RFS shed has been relocated to make way for the major infrastructure project. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and…

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Family-owned Port engineering firm wins big Defence contract

A Port Macquarie-based family-owned engineering company has been awarded an $8.47 million contract to deliver the Australian Defence Force’s next generation rough terrain vehicle fleet. The contract with Bale Defence to build 40 vehicles will create six new jobs in Port Macquarie and support the ongoing employment of another 18 Australian workers while injecting $6.17…

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Vacation care boost for frontline workers

Children from vulnerable backgrounds or whose parents work as frontline workers are the focus of a pilot program aimed at providing better access to quality vacation care. Grants of up to $30,000 will assist services to provide engaging opportunities like sports and nutrition programs, excursions, cooking and art workshops. Nationals Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen…

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Northern Rivers MPs unite in call to protect the region

MPs representing the Northern Rivers have joined forces to ask the NSW government to protect the region from a predicted influx of “70 percenters” when Sydney reaches the government’s double vaccination target before the regions do. The Nationals’ Chris Gulaptis (Clarence), Geoff Provest (Tweed) and Ben Franklin MLC have, for the first time, jointly written…

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Nats deliver more cash to fix local roads in the bush

Hundreds of additional roads across regional NSW will receive funding for vital works to improve journeys for regional communities, farmers, and freight. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole have announced $153 million for 94 regional councils to fix, maintain, and seal priority…

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Free work, health, and safety advice for farming businesses

The NSW Nationals in the state government and NSW Farmers have launched a workplace safety program providing education and advice to the agriculture industry to help reduce farm-related death, injury, and disease. Nationals Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said the government has invested $2 million over four years for the Farm Safety…

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Stay-at-home orders lifted

The stay-at-home orders introduced last week for the Albury and Lismore Local Government Areas will no longer apply from midnight tonight (Wednesday, September 22) NSW Health has thanked the communities for their co-operation and for coming forward for testing in large numbers. The following measures apply to all people in regional LGAs where stay-at-home orders…

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Jacksons Bridge upgrade

Work is powering ahead to replace the timber Jacksons Bridge over the Lachlan River at Hillston with a new concrete bridge that will improve freight efficiencies and better connect local communities. Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Jacksons Bridge was among more than 400 of the state’s ageing timber bridges being…

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Lightening the road load on regional councils

The NSW Government has released the Independent Panel’s Interim Report into road classification and the transfer of regional roads to state ownership, including recommendations for the Priority Round of transfers and reclassifications. Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the government had accepted the Panel’s recommendations for the transfer of 391 kilometres…

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Stay at home orders

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Kempsey, Byron Shire and Tweed LGAs from 5pm today (Tuesday, September 21) for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk. This comes after an authorised worker spent several days in the areas and later tested positive. The stay-at-home orders also apply to anyone who has…

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