Labor’s Foot-and-Mouth taskforce – too little too late

Federal Nationals leader and Shadow Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, has slammed the Agriculture Minister’s latest attempts to demonstrate control of the evolving foot-and-mouth disease crisis. Mr Littleproud said the Minister’s announcement of a Government taskforce to examine Australia’s biosecurity preparedness is just a rebadge of what the former Coalition Government already had in place.…

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New heights for new Young High School library

A ceremony has been conducted at Young High School to mark the completion of the highest point of the new joint-use library facility as well as the official handover of the school’s new canteen, student toilets, and staff hub. Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said she was looking forward to watching the new library…

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Extra police for Richmond and Clarence Valleys

NSW Deputy Premier, Nationals Leader and Minister for Police, Paul Toole joined Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis for a visit to Grafton Police station and confirmed the number of officers in the two Police Districts serving the Clarence and Richmond Valleys will each increase by eight in the coming year. Chris Gulaptis helped negotiate a…

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Muswellbrook South Public School upgrade underway

Nationals Member for Upper Hunter, Dave Layzell, has visited Muswellbrook South Public School for the official sod turn to mark the beginning of almost $21 million worth of construction work. The upgraded school will deliver brand new facilities to meet the growing student and community needs in the area, and will include 13 new permanent…

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Nats deliver 400 new fire trucks

The 400th new fire truck has rolled off the production line and been handed over to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) as part of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s $830 million investment in response to the Bushfire Inquiry. Nationals Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke…

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Construction of new Tweed Valley hospital hits highest point

The new seven-storey $723.3 million Tweed Valley Hospital development has reached a major milestone, hitting its highest point of construction. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the new hospital campus is the state’s largest regional hospital project. “This is about delivering world-class health facilities and services closer to home to transform…

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Quirindi silo art dream becomes a reality

The campaign to have Quirindi join the growing silo art trail has come to fruition with $199,981 provided under the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Infrastructure Grants Program. Nationals Member for Tamworth and Minister for Hospitality and Racing Kevin Anderson was on hand in the Liverpool Plains to congratulate the Quirindi Silo Art Committee…

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Bridging the gap in Wellington

A bridge leading to some of the Wellington district’s key tourist attractions is set to be upgraded, thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state government’s $500 million Fixing Country Bridges program. Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders has announced more than $1.5 million for Dubbo Regional Council to upgrade Burrendong Bridge No. 1 on…

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New support staff to lighten teacher workload

Teachers in NSW will be able to spend more time teaching thanks to the introduction of hundreds of new roles in admin, leadership, and support. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said more than 200 new administration roles will be trialled in public schools from Term 4 this year to reduce teacher…

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Time for Trade Minister to get on with the job

Shadow Minister for Trade and Tourism, Kevin Hogan, is calling on the Labor government to prioritise parliamentary consideration of the UK and India trade deals by referring them this week to the Joint Standing Committee on Trade. Under Australia’s treaty making process, trade agreements must be considered by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT).…

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Infrastructure boost for Wellington Civic Centre

The Wellington Civic Centre has been a hive of activity over the past couple of weeks, as the 45th annual Wellington Eisteddfod draws to a close. So it was the perfect opportunity for Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders and Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Mathew Dickerson to pop by with the great news that $17,500…

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Water minister blame game

Deputy Nationals leader Perin Davey says the government has misled Parliament with numbers as rubbery as their election promises on the Murray Darling Basin plan. Senator Davey, the shadow minister for water, said in a bizarre over-reach the Minister for Water, Tanya Plibersek, has ignored publicly available advice from her own Department and claimed to…

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Certainty for farmers, water users, and the environment

There is more certainty for farmers and the environment after the NSW Government’s licensing and measurement reform became law in Water Sharing Plans for the Border Rivers and Gwydir Valleys. Nationals Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson and Minister for Environment James Griffin have approved changes to the Border Rivers, Gwydir and Macquarie Water…

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