Back to school budget boost

Parents will receive help to pay for school supplies thanks to a new $193 million program in the 2022-23 NSW Budget. The Premier’s Back to School program will provide families with a $150 subsidy for each child who attends a primary or secondary school in NSW in 2023. The program will help boost the family…

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$59 million support for regional youth

A record $59 million over four years will be invested in regional youth as part of the 2022-23 NSW Budget to deliver local programs that ensure young people continue to thrive in their communities. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the package included funding to appoint more Youth Community Coordinators (YCCs)…

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$1 billion for primary industries

The NSW Nationals in the state government will invest more than $1 billion in economic, social and environmental programs to build more resilient and stronger primary industries in the 2022-23 State Budget. Nationals Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Dugald Saunders said the NSW primary industries sector was valued at $20.9 billion last year, and…

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All systems go for Coffs Harbour bypass

The NSW and Australian governments have announced Ferrovial Gamuda Joint Venture will design and construct the new $2.2 billion Coffs Harbour Bypass, with major construction to begin early next year. The project will upgrade around 14 kilometres of the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour, starting from south of Englands Road roundabout and finishing at the…

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$50 million to support female firefighters

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) stations across the state are set to benefit from a $50 million investment including new bathrooms and change rooms in the upcoming Budget to support female firefighters. The NSW government hopes more women will take up a career in firefighting, with women currently making up only 10 per cent of…

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Representative school sport fees covered for NSW students

Student access to representative school sport will be increased through a $1.2 million investment to fund local and state sports association affiliation fees in 2022 for every student in NSW public schools. The move will both reduce the financial burden on families and the administrative burden on schools. A 2021 Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne study…

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Annual General Conference is back!

Leaders past and present come together in Port Macquarie as the NSW Nationals hold their first Annual General Conference since 2019. New federal Leader David Littleproud was joined by former leaders Barnaby Joyce, Michael McCormack, and the Hon Ian Sinclair. Mr Sinclair was the Deputy Leader of the federal Parliamentary Country Party from 1971 to…

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Big Bonanza for Coffs

The Big Bonanza festival, to be held for the first time on the Coffs Coast in November, will now be even bigger thanks to $200,000 in funding from the NSW Nationals in the state government. Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said he is pleased the Festival organiser, Gig Big, has received this significant…

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2,000 more reasons to love Trangie Community Tennis Club

The Dubbo region’s future tennis aces will be given access to dedicated coaching thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Local Sport Grant program (LSGP). Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders has announced $2,000 for the Trangie Community Tennis Club to deliver junior coaching. “After a brief hiatus, a dedicated committee reformed the…

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