Regional holidays allowed from June 1

People will be able to take a holiday anywhere across the state from June, re-opening regional communities to tourism. Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro said while regional NSW will welcome visitors with open arms, holidaymakers should call their planned accommodation venues and attractions to ensure they will be open and confirm their…

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Recognising our amazing community volunteers

NOTE: Picture taken prior to social distancing restrictions. NSW Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest says the contribution of volunteers has never been so important and National Volunteer Week is the perfect time to say thank you. “The last 12 months have been challenging for our community and there is no better time to recognise…

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Government backs innovative COVID-19 research

The Australian Government is supporting world-leading research into the latest COVID-19 treatments through a dedicated round of the Medical Research Future Fund’s Biomedical Translation Bridge. The Government, in partnership with the not-for-profit organisation MTPConnect, has announced a new round of its $22.3 million Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) Program to support COVID-19 related research projects. The…

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Applications open for driver reviver funding

Owners of Driver Reviver locations across the nation can now apply for a share of $3 million in Australian Government funding to upgrade their life-saving rest sites. Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Nationals Leader Michael McCormack said Driver Reviver sites provided a place for drivers and their passengers to stop and have safety and fatigue…

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New highway to open between Glenugie and Tyndale

The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade has celebrated a major milestone with the 36 kilometre Glenugie to Tyndale section opening this week. Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said motorists no longer needed to pass through South Grafton and Ulmarra. “This is a significant moment for our community and for travellers up and…

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Applications open for Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships

NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh has encouraged regional apprentices to apply for the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships. Mr Singh said the scholarships support apprentices who were experiencing financial or personal hardship but demonstrate a high aptitude for vocational education and were committed to their on and off the job training. Mr Singh…

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Community Building Partnership benefits regions

NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced thousands in funding for projects in Coolamon Shire under the Community Building Partnership Program. Coolamon Shire Council has secured $4648 for an upgrade to the Marrar Memorial Hall supper room and $10,000 for upgrades to the Beckom Hall, including vinyl flooring. Ms Cooke said the funding…

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Ensuring support gets to those who need it

The NSW Nationals in Government continue to support bushfire-affected communities, announcing $8.5 million for Operation Outreach, which is aimed at ensuring everyone who needs support gets it. NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the bushfire recovery program was pushing ahead in leaps and bounds and the NSW Nationals in Government were committed…

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Extra gym hours on the way for Mudgee PCYC

Twenty-four-hour access to the Mudgee PCYC gym will soon become a reality thanks to $26,417 in funding secured by NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders. The funding, obtained through the NSW Nationals in Government’s Community Building Partnership program, will allow the installation of a security access entry for 24-hour gym activities. Mr Saunders said…

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Monaro hooks new trout attraction to lure visitors

NSW Nationals Member for Monaro and Deputy Premier John Barilaro has announced a significant investment in the Snowy Mountains to help boost tourism and jobs after what has been a challenging start to 2020. The NSW Nationals in Government will contribute $3.3 million from the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund to revitalise the…

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First stage of Inverell Hospital redevelopment complete

A massive milestone in the $60 million redevelopment of Inverell District Hospital has been reached, with the construction of the new state-of-the-art hospital building on Moore Street now complete. Twenty months after the first sod was turned on the revolutionary project, tools are down and contractor Richard Crookes Construction has handed the new acute services…

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Infection control training fast-tracked

The Australian Government, in conjunction with all State and Territory governments, have agreed to jointly invest in a new $80 million infection control training fund. The fund will support customer-facing businesses to train workers in how to minimise the risk of spread of COVID-19 and support them to re-open safely. The fund will enable the…

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Coronavirus testing

Gunnedah COVID-19 testing clinic opens

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has urged residents of Gunnedah and surrounding areas to make the most of the new COVID-19 testing clinic that opened on Monday, May 18. This comes off the back of the recent testing blitz in the fight against COVID-19 with over 3000 people tested in the region. Mr…

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan

NSW Nationals Mental Health Minister Bronnie Taylor has welcomed moves to help Australians whose mental health and wellbeing is being affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Mrs Taylor said the $48.1 million Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan presented to the National Cabinet was a positive step forward and looked forward to working with…

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