Watershed moment for better Baaka and Bidgee

Significant progress has been made for communities across the Murray Darling Basin, with a new proposal presented to communities on two of the most significant projects associated with the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Nationals Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the re-scoped Menindee Lakes and Yanco Creek Offtake projects – two of the major…

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David Gillespie

Key rural health scheme extended

A key rural health workforce program that enables nursing and dental students and trainee doctors to train in regional and rural Australia is being extended for another three years by the NSW Nationals in the federal government. Federal Nationals Regional Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie, said the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program provides high-quality…

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Best teachers join FASTstream to the bush

The first 50 participants in a new elite program for the best graduates and early career teachers have been selected and matched with their new schools for the 2022 school year. Each year the program accepts a small number of outstanding candidates, who begin an intensive mentoring and accelerated leadership pathway, which includes placements at…

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Perin Davey

Taskforce to examine regional bank branch closures

A Regional Banking Taskforce has been established to assess the impact of bank branch closures on regional communities. The Taskforce will bring together banks and other key stakeholders to assess how branch closures have impacted local businesses, industries, and communities, while working to identify possible solutions. Nationals Minister for Regionalisation Bridget McKenzie said the taskforce…

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Have your say on Queanbeyan station upgrade

The community is being invited to have its say and help shape plans for the major upgrade of the Queanbeyan Train Station. Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the proposed upgrade includes creating a new kiss and ride zone, improving the amenities, and upgrading accessible paths and ramps to ensure the station meets the…

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Major boost for Central West rail

A $30.3 million investment in the Bathurst to Parkes rail line is set deliver a major boost to freight and passenger capacity and lay the foundations to meet growing transport demand to and from the Central West. Deputy Premier and Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Nationals in the…

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Gurmesh Singh

Scholarships for our vulnerable youth

Some of the state’s most disadvantaged young people will be supported to achieve their academic aspirations as part of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Youth Development Scholarships program. Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said young people across NSW have had to endure the effects of the pandemic and adapt to new…

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Caring for care workers

A new training program will be piloted to help care workers look after themselves and the people they work with amid growing demand for trauma training. The trauma training program, funded by the NSW Nationals in the state government, will see existing aged, disability and community services workers learn about the effects of trauma on…

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Mental health support boost

Child protection caseworkers will receive more frequent and easily accessible mental health services as part of the NSW government’s $130 million mental health recovery package. Nationals Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said child protection caseworkers have been working around the clock to keep kids safe during the pandemic, often under…

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Work underway on $20 million Bobeyan Road upgrade

The $20 million upgrade of Bobeyan Road through Adaminaby, Bolaro, and Shannons Flat has begun with Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Snowy Valleys Council delivering the works in partnership. Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro, local MLC Bronnie Taylor and representatives from Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Snowy Valleys Council met in Cooma to sign…

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Sarah Mitchell

COVID learning support program extended

To help students catch up on any learning loss experienced due to COVID-19 lockdowns and learning from home, the NSW Nationals in the state government have announced the extension of the COVID Intensive Learning Support Program into next year. Following the positive reception and uptake of the 2021 program, the NSW Nationals in the state…

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Bronnie Taylor

$130 million to fast-track mental health recovery

The NSW Government’s economic roadmap has mental health as a top priority with a record $130 million to provide immediate access to help for anyone whose mental health has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding boost will provide more appointments with psychology and psychiatry services, address the sharp rise in eating disorders and…

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