Getting the good soil on farming innovation

A consortium of southern farmers will use a $2.5 million Nationals in Government grant to pioneer a new soil modelling system which has the potential to dramatically boost on-farm sustainability and productivity. Federal Nationals Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie said Temora-based Farmlink Research Ltd’s soil future-proofing project would receive funding under the second round of the…

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Newell Highway upgrades accelerated with Nats

Federal Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says the Riverina and Central West will benefit from a $570 million state-wide infrastructure package. The Nationals in Government have been working to bring forward critical road projects across the State to drive jobs, strengthen the economy and get people home sooner and safer. Mr McCormack,…

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Building disaster resilience in regional NSW

The NSW Nationals in Government will inject more than $2 million into recruiting volunteers and developing their leadership skills to enhance disaster resilience across the State. Funding will be divided between the NSW Community Resilience Innovation Programs (CRIP) which receives $1.4 million and $630,000 for the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme (EVSS). The State’s west will…

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Funds flow for emergency water infrastructure

More than 30 urgent water infrastructure projects will get underway in drought-stricken communities thanks to $87 million in funding from the NSW Nationals in Government. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Water Melinda Pavey made the announcement in Dubbo following a historic Community Cabinet held in Bourke. “The entire…

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Local tradies the first pick for school maintenance

NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen says a new initiative will enable local tradies to get school maintenance jobs in the region. Mr Johnsen said local tradies would be given preference with a new online system allowing businesses to engage directly with the NSW Government on projects in the region. “The online procurement…

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Grants to help rebuild fire-affected communities

Primary producers and small businesses impacted by recent fires in the Northern Tablelands, North Coast and Mid North Coast have received welcome relief with the announcement of $15,000 recovery grants. NSW Nationals Agriculture Minister and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall welcomed the announcement, saying it was critical to help farmers get back on their…

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Nationals deliver $1 million in BlazeAid funding to take the strain off bushfire recovery

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall have announced a $1 million cash injection for volunteer organisation BlazeAid, allowing it to continue rebuilding vital farm fences destroyed during the recent devastating bushfires. Mr Barilaro said the funding would alleviate financial pressures on BlazeAid so it could get…

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Steph Cooke

Historic legislation to protect farmers passed

NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed the passing of the Right to Farm Bill 2019 through the NSW Parliament. This historic legislation will make sure that farmers can carry out their lawful business activities without the fear of vexatious nuisance claims. It will also protect farmers from trespass and harassment. Ms Cooke…

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Water

Nationals pass bill to fast-track water infrastructure

NSW Nationals Water Minister Melinda Pavey has welcomed the passage of the Water Supply (Critical Needs) Bill 2019 through NSW Parliament. Mrs Pavey said the temporary legislation would allow the Government to fast-track water infrastructure projects where there is a critical town water supply need for the next two years. “With 98 per cent of…

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Australian War Memorial

Commemorating the fallen on November 11

On November 11 Australia will commemorate the anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has encouraged people to participate in a local commemorative service and observe a minute’s silence at 11am. “Remembrance Day is a time to remember the honourable Australian service…

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Cash flowing to help fix local roads

Regional communities are set to benefit from the first round of the NSW Nationals’s $500 million Fixing Local Roads program. Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders is encouraging regional councils to apply for funding to repair, maintain or seal local roads. “The NSW Nationals went to the 2019 State Election committed to making important local roads…

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Small country newspapers get boost from government

The Federal Nationals in Government are giving grants to small country newspapers to support their sustainability. Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said four small publishers in his electorate would share in more than $440,000, providing a welcome boost to local journalism. “I’m thrilled that the Gilgandra Weekly, Condobolin Argus, Coonabarabran Times and Coonamble…

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Parkes Logistics Terminal officially opens

Parkes is set to be the epicentre of regional growth and opportunity with the opening of a $35 million logistics terminal that will connect to The Nationals in Government’s $9.3 billion investment in the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail. The private sector investment by Pacific National, SCT Logistics and Linfox will enhance productivity from Inland…

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