More opportunities for gifted and talented students

NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has announced that the NSW Nationals in Government have expanded the Aurora College program to more than 600 public schools across the state including 22 in his area. Primary school students from Mr Bromhead’s Myall Lakes electorate are among those that now have access to a world-class…

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Age limit for flu jab lowered

Families across regional NSW will have more access to influenza vaccinations with the lowering of the age pharmacists can administer flu jabs to children from 16 years to 10 years. NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said this was fantastic news for families with more options to protect their children against flu, given the…

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Disaster assistance available after storms and flood

Disaster assistance is now available to help people and businesses in the Kyogle, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Nambucca and Kempsey areas that have been impacted by storms and flooding. Assistance to these local government areas was announced by Deputy Nationals Leader and Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud under the jointly-funded…

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Farraway hits the ground running for the west

NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway has wasted no time advocating for western NSW, with funding for several community projects. The Bathurst-based Member of the Legislative Council has been a tireless champion for the bush, announcing $69,000 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund for the Maules Creek Campdraft Club, $529,667 for youth projects in…

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Grain trains to remain thanks to Nats

The NSW Nationals in Government have halted proposed changes by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to change regulations governing locomotive emissions, which would have a devastating impact on industry. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Adam Marshall publicly opposed the proposal to introduce a new…

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Rain a relief but not drought-breaking

Regional NSW is still experiencing the worst of the drought, despite ongoing rain in the Northern Valleys increasing the possibility of inflows into key dams. NSW Nationals Water Minister Melinda Pavey said embargoes were placed on irrigators across the Barwon-Darling over the weekend to replenish the river systems as much as possible. “Embargoes were placed…

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MPs reflect on bushfire disaster

State and Federal Nationals have spoken about the effect of the bushfire disaster in Parliament this week, as some regions continue to battle blazes while in others the rebuilding and recovery effort continues. Dr David Gillespie, the Federal Member for Lyne on the mid-north coast, spoke about the fires that ripped through his region late…

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Project team appointed for Dungowan Dam build

The construction of Dungowan Dam and the upgrade of the pipeline from the dam to Tamworth has taken a positive step forward with the announcement of key staff to deliver the projects. NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson welcomed the appointment of the project team responsible for delivering the project as part of the…

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Mobile desalination plants to secure drinking water

The NSW Nationals in Government have given the North-Westerly towns of Brewarrina, Bourke and Walgett $10 million to install mobile desalination plants. Recent water supply testing in many drought affected areas has revealed higher levels of sodium than those specified in the Australian Drinking Water guidelines. Until now, many locals have resorted to using bottled…

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Bushfire clean-up contractor announced

The NSW and Australian Governments have announced they will share the costs on a 50:50 basis for the clean-up of residential and commercial properties destroyed by the recent bushfires in NSW. The cost of the state’s clean-up is expected to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, though a definitive number cannot be settled…

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LLS rates waived again this year for state’s farmers

The NSW Nationals in Government will once again waive all Local Land Services (LLS) rates for this year to provide relief for farmers going through devastating bushfires and crippling drought. Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said during these difficult times, every little bit of support counted and that waiving LLS rates would help reduce the cost…

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Pipeline fast-tracked to improve Tamworth water supply

The NSW Nationals in Government’s priority project in Tamworth has recently hit its first milestone with around 8.5km of pipework completed since November between Chaffey Dam and Tamworth. In Tamworth this week, Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey alongside Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said that the project had been fast-tracked as a…

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NSW Nationals communique

State and Federal Parliamentary members of the NSW Nationals met with the party’s Central Executive on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to discuss a co-ordinated intergovernmental response to ensure we continue to support our regional communities dealing with the impacts of drought and the recent bushfires. The effect of the recent bushfires and ongoing drought on…

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