Jobs flow as Tweed Hospital construction continues

More jobs are set to be created for local businesses as construction continues on the new $673.2 million Tweed Valley Hospital Development. Tweed based civil construction business CD Excavations has won one of the final contracts to deliver early works on the project. NSW Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the hospital build was…

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Helping students with reading and numeracy

A new assessment tool designed for NSW public schools to use during the COVID-19 pandemic is expanding to Year 3 students after overwhelmingly positive feedback from the new Year 5 and 9 assessment. NSW public school teachers will be armed with the new reading and numeracy assessment to help schools identify a student’s current abilities…

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Funding flows to community projects

In May the NSW Nationals in the federal government announced key community infrastructure would be supported as part of a $1.8 billion boost. Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie was pleased to announce the first local projects to be funded in the MidCoast local government area under the $3.4 million Community Infrastructure Initiative. Tuncurry…

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Major investment to fight weeds and pests

The NSW Nationals in the federal government are funding the development of new or improved weed control and pest animal management tools through a $13 million competitive grant round. NSW Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said the program was part of a four-year, $30.3 million funding pipeline to help farmers and land managers combat…

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Perin Davey

Water market needs real reform, not empty politics

NSW Nationals Senator Perin Davey is based in Deniliquin in the NSW Murray Irrigation Districts and was formerly a water policy adviser in the irrigation industry. Yenda irrigator Chris Morsehead hit the nail on the head when he said of the ACCC report into water markets; “there’s no smoking gun, there’s no silver bullet.” The…

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Pavey slams Shooters-Labor-Greens alliance

The Shooters, Greens and Labor Party have voted to block greater transparency in the NSW water market in a disgraceful display of political games last night in the NSW Upper House. NSW Nationals Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said their decision to vote down the NSW Nationals’ Water Transparency and Accountability Bill…

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Bronnie Taylor

New mental health unit for Tamworth Hospital

Tamworth Hospital will get a new purpose-built mental health unit, after refurbishment plans were scrapped in favour of a larger, modern building. Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the NSW Nationals in the state government opted to invest in a complete rebuild to better care for the acute mental health needs of Tamworth and…

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Maclean Interchange opens to traffic

The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade is continuing its streak of openings with the Maclean interchange to fully open to traffic this week. NSW Nationals Member for Clarence and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Infrastructure Chris Gulaptis said the new interchange would provide safe and quick access to the new motorway, and improved…

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Rangari Road upgrade seals election promise

Work to seal Rangari Road will soon begin, delivering smoother, safer journeys between Manilla and Boggabri. Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the NSW Nationals in the state government were delivering on their election commitment with $9 million to upgrade and seal the remaining 19-kilometre section of Rangari Road on the back of community feedback.…

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$2.9 million for UNE project to manage weeds

A New England-based project which is developing technology to autonomously and remotely control weeds in agricultural production is one of 10 Australian research initiatives to share in a $25 million funding injection from the NSW Nationals in the federal government. The project, titled ‘Novel autonomous robotic weed control to maximise agricultural productivity’, involves developing an…

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Energy prices fall with Nationals in government

There’s good news for Australian families and small businesses as large energy retailers have announced lower retail prices for energy customers. EnergyAustralia joined AGL and Origin Energy in announcing price reductions, which mean in the coming weeks electricity prices will fall for around 2.8 million households and businesses. Customers will benefit from the changes, as…

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Dunoon Men’s Shed upgrade completed

The NSW Nationals in the federal government are making sure even our smallest communities are getting their fair share, with the Dunoon Men’s Shed benefitting from funding. The group needed to extend the shed to give the members more room to build their projects, and also wanted new tools and protective equipment for the workshop.…

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Michael McCormack

Funding flows to local roads and communities

The NSW Nationals in the federal government have delivered the first payment toward crucial small-scale local road and community infrastructure projects nationwide under a $500 million local government support initiative. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said local councils are well-positioned to get projects underway quickly as part…

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First state Agriculture Commissioner appointed by Nats

Agriculture industry powerhouse Daryl Quinlivan has been appointed the state’s first Agriculture Commissioner, delivering on a major NSW Nationals election commitment. NSW Nationals Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall announced Mr Quinlivan’s appointment in Coffs Harbour and said the he would champion farmers’ rights. “Establishing an Agriculture Commissioner was a major election commitment for the NSW…

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