More mobile black spots eliminated

More Australians living in regional and remote Australia will benefit from new and improved mobile coverage under Round 5 of the Nationals in Government’s highly successful $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program. Federal Nationals Minister for Regional Communications Mark Coulton MP announced 182 new base stations will be delivered under Round 5, providing improved mobile…

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Fresh lick of paint for major regional bridge

NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has announced the tender for painting Martin Bridge across the Manning River at Taree has been awarded to Eptec Services Pty Ltd by Transport for NSW. Mr Bromhead said the NSW Nationals in Government were funding the repainting project to maintain the structural integrity of Martin Bridge…

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COVID-19 update – More masks, flu vaccines

Federal Nationals Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton says $52 million for rural COVID-19 aeromedical retrievals will help support our communities. It comes as the Government secures three million additional doses of seasonal influenza vaccines to protect Australians from the flu, in an effort to take the usual load off the health system during the pandemic.…

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Sam Farraway MLC

Farraway gives voice to west in Government

NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway has been successfully putting the case for western NSW in Government, and has announced over $760,000 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) for the Bogan Shire Council’s Youth Centre in Nyngan and $612,212 for Orange. Mr Farraway said round 3 of the SCCF put community-based infrastructure and…

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NBN assistance for regional families and businesses

The Nationals in Government have announced that NBN Co will provide $150 million in financial relief to internet providers so they can assist families and businesses accessing the NBN during COVID-19. Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said this package was targeted at supporting low-income households that have school-aged children, and provides financial hardship relief…

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Additional $140 million for bushfire-affected industries

Upper House MP Wes Fang has welcomed the NSW Nationals in Government’s $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package to support forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries impacted by the recent bushfires. “Southern NSW has felt the full devastation of bushfires and drought in recent times and this package will help industries significantly impacted by fires to…

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Marshall announces new opportunities for BackTrack

NSW Nationals Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall says he was barking for joy with the announcement of a $286,781 grant to expand facilities at BackTrack’s base at Armidale. An innovative and highly successful youth organisation that reconnects young people with education and training, BackTrack’s student base has increased dramatically in recent times, with the…

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New ambulance station on the way for Coffs

Residents of Sawtell, Toormina and surrounding areas can look forward to the construction of the new Sawtell Ambulance Station, with work set to start mid-2020. NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said council had approved a development application for the building of the new NSW Ambulance Station, and Health Infrastructure had awarded the…

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Councils now able to delay rates and waive fees

The NSW Government has made a series of regulatory changes to ensure council resources continue to be focused on frontline COVID-19 response efforts and allow councils to provide financial relief to businesses and residents. NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the changes acknowledge that MidCoast Council is redirecting resources to ensure the…

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Bushfire assistance flows as Royal Commission begins

More than 22,000 residents and businesses in Cowper have been assisted by the Federal Government since November last year when devastating bushfires tore through the region. Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan welcomed the assistance totalling about $39 million and said residents can now make a submission to the Bushfires Royal Commission. “While a…

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Flying doctors bring specialists to the regions

The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) and Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) have taken another step in their longstanding partnership to provide quality health care for people in rural and regional NSW. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the RFDS will facilitate flights three days a week to transport doctors from Sydney…

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Bronnie Taylor

It’s OK to not be OK, says Nats Minister

This year has been especially challenging for people in rural and regional areas, says NSW Nationals Mental Health Minister Bronnie Taylor. In the face of immense adversity, our communities have shown their resilience throughout. Just as people were aware and alert to fires in the region, now they are aware and alert to the importance…

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Tamworth looks to the stars for next big thing

Tamworth’s eye on the heavens is beginning to take shape with earthworks starting for the $1.8 million Regional Astronomy and Science Centre. NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the start of construction was great news in the midst of difficult times with tight restrictions imposed on the region in an effort to battle…

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