New measures to prepare for Spring bee swarming

New measures have been put in place as part of the Varroa mite emergency response to help deal with an expected increase in bee activity as the weather warms up. Nationals Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders said people need to be prepared as we head into spring to prevent the mite from spreading. “Bees typically…

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David Littleproud Federal Council address

Federal leader David Littleproud addressed the Nats’ Federal Council this weekend. Here’s a transcript of what he had to say: To you, the members, can I say thank you? The courage of your own conviction not just to be here today, but to be there when we need you the most. That you were there…

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Rail trails bill passes

The NSW Nationals in the state government’s historic Rail Trails Bill has passed through Parliament, empowering regional communities to convert disused rail corridors into walking and riding tracks. The Transport Administration Amendment (Rail Trails) Bill 2022 alters the Transport Administration Act 1988 to provide a streamlined process that may enable regional rail trails where and…

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Labor out of its depth on Basin plan

The Nationals have called on the Minister for Agriculture to meet the Minister for the Environment and Water and demand she put an end to the anxiety and distress she is causing regional communities affected by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Nationals’ Leader David Littleproud said the Minister for Agriculture’s comments that he was too busy…

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Reel excitement ahead of “Gone Fishing Day”

Recreational fishers across the North West can look forward to wetting a line as part of ‘Gone Fishing Day’ with funding provided to support activities and workshops, aiming to promote the pastime and bring passionate fishers together. Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson put the call out to local fishing clubs and organisations in the…

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Ground-breaking plans to retain excellent teachers

New, higher paid roles for outstanding teachers could be introduced in NSW under ground-breaking plans being driven by leading educational expert Professor John Hattie. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said creating a stronger career path for classroom teachers which better rewards excellence in teaching is key to modernising our education system.…

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Myall Lakes to benefit from Regional Job Creation Fund

Nationals Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, has announced $100,000 from Round Two of the NSW Government’s Regional Job Creation Fund for a local project with boat manufacturer, Steber International. Mr Bromhead congratulated Steber International, which will use the funding to create a dedicated assembly line for the manufacturing of small boats under licence. “This…

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Have your say on the Mental Health Line

People with lived experience of mental illness and their carers are helping shape the future of the Mental Health Line by sharing their experience with the NSW Government. The 1.800.011.511 line is a free phone service which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering specialist advice, support and referral to specialist NSW…

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Nats deliver new engineering jobs

Ten new ongoing full-time employees will soon be plying their trade at West Tamworth’s Apollo Engineering, with the support of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Regional Jobs Creation fund. Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has announced Apollo Engineering will be the recipient of a $200,000 grant that will assist in establishing a…

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High tech lights to boost level crossing safety

The NSW Nationals in the state government will trial new technology to reduce the risk of level crossing collisions between trains and vehicles in the bush. The government will fund trials of innovative signs with LED flashing lights at level crossings in Narromine and Bribbaree, to improve awareness and safety. Contracts have been signed with…

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Dubbo students set sights on police careers

Seven young people from Dubbo are one step closer to becoming police officers following their graduation from the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery Program (IPROWD). Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the IPROWD program is designed to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed in emergency services. “The program…

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