It’s time for daylight saving

A reminder that daylight saving starts in NSW this weekend. Clocks move forward an hour on Sunday morning, October 3, with 2am becoming 3am. With public health orders still in place, people are being asked to enjoy the lighter evenings responsibly to keep the community safe. Most electronic devices automatically update to daylight saving time,…

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Major upgrade for Grafton’s Corcoran Park

Picturesque Corcoran Park, located on the Clarence River in Grafton, is set for a major upgrade thanks to $982,000 in joint funding from the NSW Nationals in the federal and state governments. Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the project will boost economic recovery and create jobs in the local community. “The project…

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Free mental health workshops for parents and carers

Upper Hunter Nationals MP Dave Layzell is encouraging parents, carers and community members supporting young people to attend free online mental health workshops hosted by headspace in collaboration with local community stakeholders. The 49 additional workshops will help parents and carers better understand the unique challenges young people are facing and show how to access…

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Blueprint for freedom

The NSW government has released the roadmap for the easing of restrictions when the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target is reached. The government already has released its roadmap for when the state reaches the 70 per cent double dose mark. That’s expected to take effect on October 11, given current immunisation rates, with…

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Turning up the heat for TAFE NSW apprentices

Apprentice chefs in the Clarence Valley will benefit from kitchen equipment upgrades thanks to an $88,556 investment in state-of-the-art commercial ovens at TAFE NSW Grafton by the NSW Nationals in the state government. The upgraded facilities are part of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s $100 million state-wide upgrade, asset renewal, and maintenance at…

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Big win for teachers and students in the bush

Teachers and students at schools across regional NSW will benefit from a complete overhaul of how the government attracts and retains teachers in the bush. Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW government commissioned the Review of Rural and Remote Incentives in NSW Public Schools, which focused on improving the benefits for regional teachers by…

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$1.93 million in federal funding for Tuncurry

The NSW Nationals in the federal government have committed $1.93 million for recreation park upgrades and a new sustainability centre in Tuncurry. Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie MP joined MidCoast Council Deputy Mayor Clair Pontin and community members to turn the first sod at Tuncurry Water Park, ahead of work beginning on…

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Funding boost for Cowra roads

Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed investment of $929,250 for Cowra Shire Council, under the latest round of the Fixing Local Roads Program to improve regional roads. Cowra’s project will involve sealing the Local Collector Network and is among 138 to roll-out under the $153 million third round of the program. “This project…

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Local sparkies help public schools shine

The NSW Nationals in the state government are calling for local tradies to install smart LED lights in NSW public schools, improving the quality of classrooms and cutting power bills. The $157.8 million LED Lighting Upgrade Program was launched last year as a stimulus response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is targeted at replacing old…

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Major milestone in Coffs bypass

The Rural Fire Service Solitary brigade has moved into its new and improved home, marking a major milestone in the delivery of the Coffs Harbour bypass project. As part of early works, the RFS shed has been relocated to make way for the major infrastructure project. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and…

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Family-owned Port engineering firm wins big Defence contract

A Port Macquarie-based family-owned engineering company has been awarded an $8.47 million contract to deliver the Australian Defence Force’s next generation rough terrain vehicle fleet. The contract with Bale Defence to build 40 vehicles will create six new jobs in Port Macquarie and support the ongoing employment of another 18 Australian workers while injecting $6.17…

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Vacation care boost for frontline workers

Children from vulnerable backgrounds or whose parents work as frontline workers are the focus of a pilot program aimed at providing better access to quality vacation care. Grants of up to $30,000 will assist services to provide engaging opportunities like sports and nutrition programs, excursions, cooking and art workshops. Nationals Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen…

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