Maclean Interchange opens to traffic

The Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade is continuing its streak of openings with the Maclean interchange to fully open to traffic this week. NSW Nationals Member for Clarence and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Infrastructure Chris Gulaptis said the new interchange would provide safe and quick access to the new motorway, and improved…

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Rangari Road upgrade seals election promise

Work to seal Rangari Road will soon begin, delivering smoother, safer journeys between Manilla and Boggabri. Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the NSW Nationals in the state government were delivering on their election commitment with $9 million to upgrade and seal the remaining 19-kilometre section of Rangari Road on the back of community feedback.…

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$2.9 million for UNE project to manage weeds

A New England-based project which is developing technology to autonomously and remotely control weeds in agricultural production is one of 10 Australian research initiatives to share in a $25 million funding injection from the NSW Nationals in the federal government. The project, titled ‘Novel autonomous robotic weed control to maximise agricultural productivity’, involves developing an…

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Energy prices fall with Nationals in government

There’s good news for Australian families and small businesses as large energy retailers have announced lower retail prices for energy customers. EnergyAustralia joined AGL and Origin Energy in announcing price reductions, which mean in the coming weeks electricity prices will fall for around 2.8 million households and businesses. Customers will benefit from the changes, as…

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Dunoon Men’s Shed upgrade completed

The NSW Nationals in the federal government are making sure even our smallest communities are getting their fair share, with the Dunoon Men’s Shed benefitting from funding. The group needed to extend the shed to give the members more room to build their projects, and also wanted new tools and protective equipment for the workshop.…

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Michael McCormack

Funding flows to local roads and communities

The NSW Nationals in the federal government have delivered the first payment toward crucial small-scale local road and community infrastructure projects nationwide under a $500 million local government support initiative. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said local councils are well-positioned to get projects underway quickly as part…

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First state Agriculture Commissioner appointed by Nats

Agriculture industry powerhouse Daryl Quinlivan has been appointed the state’s first Agriculture Commissioner, delivering on a major NSW Nationals election commitment. NSW Nationals Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall announced Mr Quinlivan’s appointment in Coffs Harbour and said the he would champion farmers’ rights. “Establishing an Agriculture Commissioner was a major election commitment for the NSW…

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More help for bushfire-affected communities

Primary producers impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires will benefit from expanded eligibility for the $75,000 recovery grant and timeframe changes announced by the NSW Nationals in the state government, with small businesses also given more time to request support. NSW Nationals Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said the $75,000 Special Disaster Grant, which was scheduled to…

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Stephen Bromhead

More drought relief announced thanks to Nats

The NSW Nationals in the state government have committed up to $8.5 million to MidCoast Council for critical works as part of its emergency response to drought in regional NSW. NSW Nationals Minister for Water Melinda Pavey joined Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead to announce the funding on Friday. Ms Pavey said the funding…

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Water

ACCC backs Nats’ water stance

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) yesterday released findings of its Murray-Darling Basin water markets inquiry and confirmed increased transparency in the water market can be achieved without impacting on the privacy of entitlement holders. NSW Nationals Water Minister Melinda Pavey welcomed the report and noted a key finding that the public disclosure of…

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Nationals win UN backdown on anti-meat campaign

The NSW Nationals in the federal government have welcomed the United Nations’ decision to abandon its misleading and ideological campaign against meat producers both in Australia and around the world. Federal Nationals Deputy Leader and Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the UN’s attempt to blame meat producers for driving climate change was reckless and irresponsible…

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Regional Education Minister Andrew Gee

Corporates set sights on regional Australia

NSW Nationals Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education Andrew Gee welcomed the establishment of the RAC2031 initiative, which he said would contribute to and complement the NSW Nationals in the federal government’s commitment to create jobs and boost investment in country Australia. “I was delighted to address the RAC2031 last week, especially given the group’s…

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Nats in state government provide drought stimulus

New projects that will facilitate the flow of money through local economies, generate jobs and support local businesses will soon start rolling out across the Narrabri region with the NSW Nationals in the state government confirming $900,000 in funding to be allocated to five local projects. NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway said funding…

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Mark Coulton

Applications now open for Regional Connectivity Program

A $53 million program to improve connectivity in the regions has been welcomed by the NSW Nationals in the federal government. The Regional Connectivity Program will provide targeted investment in local telecommunications infrastructure projects to maximise economic and social opportunities in regional, rural, and remote communities across the country. Telecommunications providers, regional communities, regional development…

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Planning works underway for Wyangala Dam

Preliminary investigative and planning work to raise the Wyangala Dam Wall are underway, with WaterNSW progressing an environmental impact study, early scoping, community engagement, concept design and the final business case. NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said she welcomed the update from WaterNSW, which had been working hard to keep the community informed…

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