Local tradies the first pick for school maintenance

NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen says a new initiative will enable local tradies to get school maintenance jobs in the region. Mr Johnsen said local tradies would be given preference with a new online system allowing businesses to engage directly with the NSW Government on projects in the region. “The online procurement…

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Grants to help rebuild fire-affected communities

Primary producers and small businesses impacted by recent fires in the Northern Tablelands, North Coast and Mid North Coast have received welcome relief with the announcement of $15,000 recovery grants. NSW Nationals Agriculture Minister and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall welcomed the announcement, saying it was critical to help farmers get back on their…

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Nationals deliver $1 million in BlazeAid funding to take the strain off bushfire recovery

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall have announced a $1 million cash injection for volunteer organisation BlazeAid, allowing it to continue rebuilding vital farm fences destroyed during the recent devastating bushfires. Mr Barilaro said the funding would alleviate financial pressures on BlazeAid so it could get…

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Steph Cooke

Historic legislation to protect farmers passed

NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed the passing of the Right to Farm Bill 2019 through the NSW Parliament. This historic legislation will make sure that farmers can carry out their lawful business activities without the fear of vexatious nuisance claims. It will also protect farmers from trespass and harassment. Ms Cooke…

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Water

Nationals pass bill to fast-track water infrastructure

NSW Nationals Water Minister Melinda Pavey has welcomed the passage of the Water Supply (Critical Needs) Bill 2019 through NSW Parliament. Mrs Pavey said the temporary legislation would allow the Government to fast-track water infrastructure projects where there is a critical town water supply need for the next two years. “With 98 per cent of…

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Australian War Memorial

Commemorating the fallen on November 11

On November 11 Australia will commemorate the anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has encouraged people to participate in a local commemorative service and observe a minute’s silence at 11am. “Remembrance Day is a time to remember the honourable Australian service…

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Cash flowing to help fix local roads

Regional communities are set to benefit from the first round of the NSW Nationals’s $500 million Fixing Local Roads program. Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders is encouraging regional councils to apply for funding to repair, maintain or seal local roads. “The NSW Nationals went to the 2019 State Election committed to making important local roads…

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Small country newspapers get boost from government

The Federal Nationals in Government are giving grants to small country newspapers to support their sustainability. Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said four small publishers in his electorate would share in more than $440,000, providing a welcome boost to local journalism. “I’m thrilled that the Gilgandra Weekly, Condobolin Argus, Coonabarabran Times and Coonamble…

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Parkes Logistics Terminal officially opens

Parkes is set to be the epicentre of regional growth and opportunity with the opening of a $35 million logistics terminal that will connect to The Nationals in Government’s $9.3 billion investment in the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail. The private sector investment by Pacific National, SCT Logistics and Linfox will enhance productivity from Inland…

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Federal Nationals’ Drought Response Plan

The Nationals in Government continues to stand with our drought-affected farmers and regional communities. We’ve committed more than $7 billion to drought. It’s not a set-and-forget response. We continue to listen to farmers and communities affected and will continue to respond. Our National Drought Response Plan has three parts: HELPING THOSE AFFECTED RIGHT NOW First,…

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Marshall’s tough talk on food labelling

NSW Nationals Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall has secured support to lobby for urgent action on meat and milk food labelling. The issue of plant-based “milk” and fake meat made from plants has been of major concern to primary producers and consumers for some time, and Mr Marshall is determined to make sure soy, almond and…

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Gurmesh Singh

Nationals launch Buy Regional campaign

The NSW Nationals in Government are encouraging retailers to list their details on the new Buy Regional hub, which is connecting metropolitan shoppers with rural and regional small businesses in the lead-up to Christmas. Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said the Buy Regional campaign was an online hub showcasing regional shops and sellers together…

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Small businesses working hard through drought

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has congratulated Tamworth City Dance Academy for being named Regional Business of the Year, New England North West. Mr Anderson also paid tribute to a number of businesses and people who were recognised at the awards ceremony as well. “Businesses small, medium or large are facing some pretty…

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