Nats deliver more support for flood-affected communities

Non-government organisations in flood-affected communities will receive $4.5 million in grants this month as part of the $13.3 million NGO Flood Support Program. Acting Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said this funding supports groups that have been the backbone of the Northern Rivers community. “When the floods hit and people lost their…

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Free hospitality courses to kickstart careers

A suite of fee-free short courses are now available for people looking to secure jobs or further their career in hospitality, as part of a new NSW Government program which aims to supercharge the sector and grow the economy. The Kickstart Your Career in Hospitality program aims to alleviate labour shortages that are hampering the…

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Increased mental health support for Northern Rivers

The flood-impacted communities of Woodburn, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah, and Lismore will see increased mental health support, thanks to a significant investment from NSW Nationals in the state government that will see four new Safe Haven centres open to support people at their most vulnerable. Nationals Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the four Safe Havens,…

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Funding to train teachers in NSW’s first bilingual Aboriginal language school

The first bilingual Aboriginal Language School in NSW, Gumbaynggirr Gingana Freedom School (GGFS), will receive $185,508 in funding from the NSW Government for a new two-year pilot partnership. Nationals Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin announced funding to further support NSW Aboriginal Language revitalisation and will offer three cadetships…

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Award for senior who’s helping Gulgong stay active

A local champion of healthy living and staying active has been recognised for his contribution to the Gulgong community. Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders made a special visit to Gulgong Multipurpose Service for the long-awaited announcement: Bill Sloan is the recipient of the 2022 Local Seniors Achievement Award. “Bill has been a volunteer Community…

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Facelift for Bellingen Memorial Hall

Bellingen Memorial Hall will receive upgraded audio and lighting equipment thanks to $410,000 in funding from the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Creative Capital Program. Nationals Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said the installation of new sound and lighting equipment will increase participation and collaboration across arts and cultural groups throughout the region.…

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Fixing local roads

Local roads in the Tamworth region may now be in line for vital repair, maintenance and sealing work under Round Four of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Fixing Local Roads Program. Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the last two rounds of the program had delivered more than $13 million in road…

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Coffs Coast police boost

The Coffs-Clarence Police District will be bolstered by an additional eight police this financial year, bringing the total increase in officers in the past four years to 24. A significant boost to specialist police units to target organised crime, domestic violence and terrorism will also form part of 550 new positions in the NSW Police…

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Natural disaster assistance extended

Jointly funded Commonwealth-State disaster assistance is now available in 42 local government areas (LGAs) following the June-July severe weather and flooding across NSW. Assistance has now been extended to the LGAs of Kempsey and Port Macquarie Hastings. NSW Nationals minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the recovery…

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First sod turned for new Coffs ambulance station

The Coffs Harbour community is a step closer to a new ambulance station with Nationals Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor and Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh turning the first sod to mark the beginning of construction at the Marcia Street site. Mr Singh said the new station will replace the existing station…

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Safer Upper Hunter driving through better lighting

The NSW Nationals in the state government are providing more than $239,000 to help Upper Hunter councils install and maintain street lighting to improve road conditions for motorists. Upper Hunter Nationals MP Dave Layzell said the grants, under the Traffic Route Lighting Subsidy Scheme, were helping to provide improved and more reliable lighting on many…

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Cowra Civic Centre gets major upgrade

The Cowra Civic Centre will offer higher standards of comfort and better views of the stage thanks to $1.5 million from the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Creative Capital program. Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the NSW Government’s investment is about supporting quality arts venues and boosting tourism and the local economy.…

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Bobin Public School’s road to recovery

Almost three years after fire swept through the site, Bobin Public School is once again flourishing. A November 2019 bushfire destroyed four of the school’s five buildings and damaged the library. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell visited the school to catch up with students, staff, and parents. Ms Mitchell said it…

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