Getting on with the job at Dungowan Dam

Water security in Tamworth has been increased thanks to funding announced by the NSW Nationals in Government to fast-track critical water infrastructure projects. NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the region had seen much-needed rain but was still dealing with the repercussions of the drought and the disastrous effect it had on our…

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Helping deliver donated fodder

Throughout May trucks carrying a total of 574 tonnes of hay will be rolling into Gollan to help drought-affected farmers, thanks to a $137,000 NSW Nationals in Government Donated Fodder Transport subsidy. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said this was part of a broad range of support available to assist farmers and their…

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Fireproofing critical communications gear

The Nationals in Government are investing $37.1 million to strengthen telecommunications resilience in bushfire and disaster-prone areas so that communities can stay connected during emergencies. Federal Nationals Minister for Regional Communications Mark Coulton MP said the Government was taking swift action to implement measures to improve telecommunications resilience and redundancy following the 2019-20 bushfire season.…

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Transforming streets and public spaces

NOTE: Image taken prior to social distancing restrictions Communities are encouraged to come up with ideas to transform local streets into shared public spaces as part of a program to increase places for people to safely walk, cycle or exercise. NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the new $15 million Streets as…

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New payment to help seniors stay safe in aged care

An additional COVID-19 specific support package totalling $205 million will help seniors remain safe and healthy in aged care. Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan welcomed the additional funding as it will help all Commonwealth-funded residential aged care providers protect our elderly loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic. “Senior Australians are highly vulnerable to…

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Bushfire recovery gets massive funding boost

Local economic recovery plans will help towns and regions hit by bushfires get back on their feet as part of a new $650 million package of support from the Federal Nationals in Government. As part of the Regional Bushfire Recovery and Development Program, bushfire affected communities will share in $448.5 million to support the delivery…

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Details of major drought relief boost revealed

Farmers and communities across the state will continue to receive vital drought assistance with the NSW Nationals in Government providing a $310 million boost to the Emergency Drought Relief Package. NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said that this crucial funding would ease the financial burden on regional communities caused by the drought.…

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Major boost to drought relief efforts

This year has been a tough one for regional NSW, Deputy Premier John Barilaro says, with the devastating bushfires taking their toll and the economic fallout from COVID-19, all while we still sit firmly in the shadow of the worst drought in recorded history. But throughout all of this, the NSW Nationals have remained unwavering…

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Bushfire recovery grants support communities

Rappville was one of many regional communities devastated by the recent bushfires, but the Nationals in Government are helping rebuild and recover. More than 50 homes were destroyed, lives were lost, and livelihoods were shattered when the res ripped through the region, but it is an incredibly resilient community, local Nationals Member for Page Kevin…

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Country courthouses get makeovers

The NSW Nationals in Government are investing $9 million to improve regional courthouses to help boost local economies during the pandemic. Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro said the package included improvements to 63 regional courthouses, with upgrades to fire safety and security, as well as structural repairs and general maintenance. “The NSW…

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Funding for critical remote airstrip upgrades

Australians living in regional, rural and remote Australia will be better connected with vital air services following a $9 million Federal Nationals in Government’s investment. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said funding under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program will enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in…

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New Mudgee Hospital handed over to health district

The health sector in Mudgee and the wider Mid-Western region has received a major boost, with the new Mudgee Hospital being handed over to the Western NSW Local Health District. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said construction on the $70.7 million facility was due for completion at the end of the month, and…

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Nats secure funding for Macquarie Homestay

Macquarie Homestay will be able to help create a positive space for guests thanks to funding secured by NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders. Mr Saunders said the organisation, which houses guests from out of town while loved ones are receiving medical treatment in Dubbo, had successfully applied for $24,825 which will help it…

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Mark Coulton

Rural Aussies urged to seek medical care during COVID-19

Federal Nationals Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton is urging Australians to keep their health in check during the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to seek medical treatment and care. Chairing the fifth special rural health COVID-19 roundtable with key rural and indigenous health stakeholders, Mr Coulton heard reports of people delaying accessing essential health care and…

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