$290,000 for Prince Alfred Bridge memorial

The NSW Nationals in the state government will provide $290,000 to develop a memorial for the former Prince Alfred Bridge timber road viaduct at Gundagai. Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the memorial would include two locations with tourist features to pay tribute to the former local landmark. “The 711-metre timber bridge first built…

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Local projects boost youth wellbeing

Programs championed by Coffs Coast community organisations are among the latest to be funded by the NSW Government’s Children and Young People Wellbeing Recovery Initiative. Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the projects will help support recovery and boost resilience for young people in our region following the impacts of natural disasters and…

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Rewarding excellence in teaching

Options for rewarding excellent teachers with higher pay and enhanced status have been unveiled in a new paper from the NSW Government. Under the options released for consultation, classroom teachers who are assessed as ‘expert teachers’ under the Rewarding Excellence in Teaching program could attract salaries of up to $147,000 a year, or beyond, in…

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$4.5-million Taree headspace officially opened

The new Taree headspace office has been officially opened. The new service, located at 1 Pulteney Street, Unit 101A (First Floor) was part of the Federal Coalition Government’s investment of $873.2 million in headspace, as part of the single largest expansion of the network to deliver 164 services across Australia by 2025-26. Federal Nationals Member…

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NSW students above the national average, but more to do

Students in NSW continue to perform above the national average according to the latest NAPLAN results. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell congratulated the 400,000 NSW students, their teachers and schools that took part in NAPLAN online this year, and noted their results confirmed the government’s focus on regional education and the…

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Historic investment in NSW public schools continues

Public school students across NSW will be supported through a direct investment of $10.93 billion in 2023, as set out in the annual School Budget Allocation Report (SBAR) released today. This includes a record $1.41 billion through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM), delivering needs-based funding to support the individual learning needs of students. Nationals Minister…

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Labor puts the boot into Basin communities again

The Labor Party has turned its back on NSW Basin communities with Federal Water Minister Tanya Plibersek’s admission that funding, previously allocated for water infrastructure, is being redirected into a secret fund to undertake water buybacks. In last week’s Federal Budget, funding was cut to the National Water Grid, the New Dungowan Dam and Wyangala…

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Travel boost for apprentices and uni students

The NSW Nationals in the state government are boosting the budgets of regional apprentices and university students with a new $250 travel card to help with the cost of the commute to work, training or university. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the initiative will take the pressure off the hip…

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Celebrating our teachers

A new campaign featuring teachers from public schools across NSW has been launched to encourage people to pursue a rewarding career in teaching. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning, Sarah Mitchell, unveiled the campaign today as part of events taking place in schools and communities across the state to celebrate World Teachers’ Day. Ms…

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Students Stand Tall in Tamworth

Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson was on hand at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre to launch the inaugural Stand Tall Regional Tour. 3,960 students and 264 teachers attended the event to hear from speakers like Olympic medallist Nicola Olyslagers, The Voice winner, Bella Taylor-Smith, blind big wave surfer Derek Rabelo, and keynote…

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Tumut’s new world-class hospital officially open

New services including a CT scanner, ultrasound and renal dialysis as well as an expanded emergency department and improved maternity services are all part of the new $50 million Tumut Hospital, officially opened today. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the new hospital, which opened to patients late last year, ensures…

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