Surf clubs encouraged to apply for cash splash

NSW Surf Life Saving Clubs are being encouraged to apply for their share of $5.25 million in funding for the upgrade, restoration, or construction of facilities. Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour, Gurmesh Singh, said applications are now open for the Surf Club Facility Program with grants of up to $1 million up for grabs. “We…

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No more delays for Muswellbrook bypass

Upper Hunter Nationals MP Dave Layzell is calling on federal minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, to end the delays and fund construction of the Muswellbrook Bypass. Mr Layzell said Transport for NSW officials have told Budget Estimates the New England Highway project is on hold awaiting the outcome of…

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Bushfire disaster assistance for Clarence Valley

Disaster assistance is now available for the Clarence Valley local government area (LGA) following severe bushfires. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). NSW Nationals Member for Clarence Richie Williamson has welcomed the support following what he described as “a hellish time” on the fire grounds. “Firefighting crews…

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A positive step towards emergency mobile roaming

Federal Nationals Leader David Littleproud has welcomed Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) findings that it’s technically feasible to allow mobile roaming during emergencies and natural disasters. In its recently released Regional Mobile Infrastructure Inquiry final report, the ACCC determined it is technically feasible to activate temporary mobile roaming; however, the mobile network operators would…

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Applications invited for new regional study hubs

Federal Nationals Member for Riverina Michael McCormack is calling on community-owned organisations across the Riverina and Central West to apply for funding to establish and operate a Regional University Study Hub. Applications are currently open for the 2023 Application Round of the Regional University Study Hub Program, which will see up to 10 study hubs…

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Going to the dogs in Grafton

The Clarence Valley’s first dedicated dog park is officially open. The dog park, at Corcoran Park in Grafton, is a $982,000 project co-funded by the NSW and Australian Governments, in partnership with Clarence Valley Council. Clarence Nationals MP Richie Williamson and federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan were on hand today to do the…

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Hair-raising fundraising

Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has recognised the extraordinary fundraising efforts of local resident Jason Baldock, who chopped off his trademark deadlocks to raise vital funds for those suffering from cancer. Ms Cooke presented Jason with a Community Service Award, after he raised $110,330 for Cootamundra Can Assist. “I was so pleased to present…

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“This will be a game changer”

Photo: Mayor Russell Webb, Col Murray, Kevin Anderson Concept plans have been unveiled for the new Tamworth University of New England campus. Nationals Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, has announced the architectural designs have gone on public display giving the community its first look at what will be a unique building, reflecting the local environment,…

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Parkes Christmas Card Photo Competition Winner Announced

A striking image taken near Lightning Ridge has been selected by Federal Nationals Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, as the winner of his Christmas Card Photo Competition. Mr Coulton congratulated Lightning Ridge resident Naomi Stone for being named the winner of the competition, with her photograph titled ‘Sunrise at Kangaroo Hill.’ “This photo captures the…

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Wallis Lake dredging about to start

Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Tanya Thompson has welcomed the news the highly-anticipated Wallis Lake dredging operation is set to begin tomorrow. MidCoast Council has confirmed the process will start with dredging mobilisation. This mobilisation phase will include the setup of a temporary deposition site at Vincent Fazio Park in Tuncurry; an essential step in…

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Disaster relief for fire-ravaged North Coast communities

Disaster assistance is now available for the Kempsey, Mid-Coast, and Port Macquarie Hastings Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the wake of the recent fires that engulfed homes and properties across the North Coast. The assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said…

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Apply now to improve our Crown land reserves

Crown Land managers on the Coffs Coast can apply for their share of $16 million in funding to maintain and improve Crown land reserves for community use. Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said applications for the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund are open until Friday, November 17. “This funding is essential to look after…

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