Lismore’s new mountain bike track open for business

The new mountain bike skills course at Nesbitt Park in Lismore has been officially opened. The creation of the course involved demolishing part of the existing BMX track, undertaking drainage work, re-establishing landscaping and vegetation, and installing the sorts of bike skill features that normally would be found in a bushland setting. Nationals MLC Ben…

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Historic Blue Mountains tunnel a step closer

Plans to build Australia’s longest road tunnel between Blackheath and Little Hartley are powering ahead, with a major contract awarded for the environmental assessment. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said AECOM Australia had been selected in a competitive tender process to work on the proposed 11-kilometre tunnel, a central component of…

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COVID support payments expanded

The NSW Nationals in the state government have announced an additional $287.5 million in COVID-19 financial support to assist workers and vulnerable communities in rural, regional, and metropolitan NSW. The additional funding will see the COVID-19 emergency hardship payments, test and isolate support payments, and community empowerment grants expanded across all of NSW. Deputy Premier…

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Responding to Covid19

Stay-at-home order for Yass Valley

Restrictions will be reintroduced for the Yass Valley Council area from 12:01am Tuesday, September 14 for two weeks. One COVID case has been confirmed in the area following a recent positive sewage detection. Urgent investigations and contact tracing are underway. Following updated health advice from NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant about the growing…

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Locals urged to help build Newell overtaking lanes

Local businesses, suppliers, and contractors are invited to tender for work to build new overtaking lanes along the Newell Highway between Coonabarabran and Narrabri. The NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments are jointly funding the rollout of additional overtaking lanes along this busy freight corridor, with 19 new lanes already delivered, eight under…

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$1.5 million boost to youth mental health services

Young people across NSW will have access to expanded digital mental health support thanks to a $1.5m investment from the NSW Nationals in the state government. The Moderated Online Social Therapy (MOST) platform, designed by youth mental health organisation Orygen, will be embedded in eight eligible youth mental health services across NSW between now and…

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Full steam ahead for HSC

All HSC students will get the opportunity to complete their studies in 2021, with the full complement of HSC exams to go ahead from November 9. Nationals Education minister Sarah Mitchell has announced students will be able to sit their HSC exams and receive their results in time for university offers to be made. The…

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Nats welcome border bubble return

The Queensland government has announced the NSW-Queensland border bubble will be reinstated. The bubble, originally introduced during last year’s COVID outbreak, will allow students and essential workers to travel from the 12 New South Wales Local Government Areas, where restrictions are being eased, into Queensland. The bubble will come into effect from 1:00am on Monday,…

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Pop up vaccination hubs in Tamworth and Lithgow

Tamworth’s Sports Dome will be transformed into a Super Sunday mass-vaccination hub this Sunday, September 12. Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the hub would be a walk-in, with no appointment necessary. “I want to remove any barriers to access a vaccination, and this is a great opportunity for the 20,000 plus residents of…

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Roadmap to freedom for the fully vaccinated

Stay-at-home orders for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be lifted from the Monday after NSW passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target, under the roadmap to freedom released today. The roadmap is subject to further fine-tuning and health advice if circumstances change drastically or if cases within a…

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