Flood Recovery Assistance for Cootamundra

A Recovery Assistance Point will begin operating in Cootamundra tomorrow (Friday, November 11) to support individuals, families, farmers and business owners recover from the recent flooding. Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said Recovery Assistance Points bring together NSW Government agencies, community organisations, and welfare bodies all under one roof. “As we transition from response…

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Coffs bypass business boost

Coffs Harbour businesses are about to get a boost from the city’s bypass, with an industry briefing being held for local subcontractors and suppliers by major contractor Ferrovial Gamuda Joint Venture. Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said with major construction to kick off early next year, the project team is keen to ensure…

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Labor rips funding from emergency personnel

At a time when Australia has been experiencing widespread and devastating flooding in multiple states, the Albanese Labor Government has chosen to rip funding from our crucial frontline workers. The Coalition Government backed our essential first responders by providing $10 million over two years to charity organisation Fortem Australia, for essential mental health and wellbeing…

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Game changing technology for wine industry

Wine producers across NSW will test a new vineyard management app to strengthen the industry’s ability to respond to biosecurity threats. Minister for Agriculture and Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Track & Trace pilot project will be carried out in Mudgee, as well as Orange, Tumbarumba and Canberra. “Under the pilot,…

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New disaster reconstruction authority

A new authority dedicated to disaster preparedness, recovery, and reconstruction from natural disasters will be established under legislation introduced to Parliament today. The creation of a NSW Reconstruction Authority was a key recommendation of the independent Flood Inquiry, conducted by Professor Mary O’Kane AC and Mick Fuller APM. Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the Reconstruction…

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Improving access for all at Taree railway station

Access to the Taree railway station is about to improve with Abi Civil Pty Ltd awarded a contract for accessibility upgrades as part of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Transport Access Program. Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Transport and Roads and Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the $3.6 million Taree station…

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Chris Gulaptis valedictory speech

There have been a few tears and plenty of laughs as Nationals Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis delivered his valedictory speech today. This is what he had to say. I feel like I am about to give my own eulogy—but no, he’s still alive, so it is actually last rites and confession. My staff and…

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Championing gender equality with landmark women’s strategy

The NSW Women’s Strategy 2023-2026 launched today, provides a whole-of-government and whole-of-community approach to improve the economic, social, physical, and mental wellbeing of women and girls across NSW. The Strategy focuses on three key pillars which will shape NSW Government policy and guide investment to ensure the best results for women in NSW. The pillars…

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Labor taxing flood grants?

Over a week has passed and there is still no clarification from the federal Labor government on whether victims of recent flooding across eastern Australia will be taxed on flood assistance grants they receive. Shadow Minister for Emergency Management, Senator Perin Davey, said the Prime Minister and Minister Murray Watt need to be more transparent…

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Nats deliver Forster’s first ambulance station

Local paramedics have been handed the keys to Forster’s first ambulance station with construction of the new state-of-the-art station now complete. Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the new purpose-built station on Breese Parade was delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $232 million Rural Ambulance Infrastructure Reconfiguration program. “We’ve reached the final…

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More communities now disaster-declared

Joint-funded disaster assistance is now available in an additional 11 local government areas following severe flooding across New South Wales which began on September 14 and which continues to impact significant parts of the state. The LGAs are: Bega Valley, Junee, Muswellbrook, Nambucca Valley, Shoalhaven, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Temora, Walcha, Yass Valley, and the…

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Pens down for HSC class of 2022

The 2022 Higher School Certificate exams are officially over, after 3,629 Design and Technology students finished the final exam. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said this marks the end of a 13-year schooling career for 67,327 HSC students. “The Class of 2022 have worked tremendously hard to get to this point…

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154 new paramedics join the ranks

Frontline services have received a welcome boost with another 154 new paramedic recruits inducted today, part of a $1.76 billion funding boost in ambulance services. This is the second cohort of paramedics starting work this financial year, following 95 paramedics joining the ranks in August. The recruits are in addition to the record 750 paramedics…

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