Stay-at-home orders lifted

The stay-at-home orders introduced last week for the Albury and Lismore Local Government Areas will no longer apply from midnight tonight (Wednesday, September 22) NSW Health has thanked the communities for their co-operation and for coming forward for testing in large numbers. The following measures apply to all people in regional LGAs where stay-at-home orders…

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Jacksons Bridge upgrade

Work is powering ahead to replace the timber Jacksons Bridge over the Lachlan River at Hillston with a new concrete bridge that will improve freight efficiencies and better connect local communities. Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Jacksons Bridge was among more than 400 of the state’s ageing timber bridges being…

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Lightening the road load on regional councils

The NSW Government has released the Independent Panel’s Interim Report into road classification and the transfer of regional roads to state ownership, including recommendations for the Priority Round of transfers and reclassifications. Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the government had accepted the Panel’s recommendations for the transfer of 391 kilometres…

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Stay at home orders

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Kempsey, Byron Shire and Tweed LGAs from 5pm today (Tuesday, September 21) for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk. This comes after an authorised worker spent several days in the areas and later tested positive. The stay-at-home orders also apply to anyone who has…

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Nats deliver Marine Rescue safety upgrade

NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh has congratulated the Marine Rescue NSW Woolgoolga Unit on the welcome arrival of new safety equipment. Mr Singh said the unit is the beneficiary $81,000 in funding from the NSW Nationals in the state government for the purchase of a rescue vessel launching tractor, now in operation…

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From tanks to tractors – Operation Grain Harvest Assist

A nationwide operation has been launched to bolster the supply of local workers to help deliver this year’s bumper grains harvest and relieve pressure on farming communities. Retired and former Australian Defence Force members are being mobilised under Operation Grain Harvest Assist to again answer the call-up and work on grain farms across the country.…

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Spectacular boost to school arts programs

A new grants program has been created to help rebuild school arts programs as students return next term. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Childhood Sarah Mitchell has launched the Arts Recovery Program, which will operate with funds earmarked for the world’s biggest variety show – the NSW Schools Spectacular. The Spectacular, which highlights the…

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NSW to introduce world’s largest shark management program

The world’s largest suite of shark management tools and technologies will be deployed to NSW beaches after funding was nearly tripled to expand the NSW Government’s Shark Management Program. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said increasing funding to $21.4 million would support the expansion of the effective, evidence-based shark management program…

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COVID update for Hilltops LGA

Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is urging residents in the Young district to come forward for testing as the Hilltops local government area returns to stay-at-home orders for seven days from 6.00pm Friday, September 17. Stay-at-home orders mean you can only leave your place of residence for a reasonable excuse, including to: obtain food…

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Boost for domestic softwood timber supply

The domestic softwood timber industry has received a significant boost with the NSW Nationals in the state government directing Forestry Corporation to divert selected softwood log exports, impacted by the China trade embargo, to domestic markets. Deputy Premier and Forestry Minister John Barilaro said this will see at least an extra 270,000 tonnes of timber…

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