Nationals fight to support local shows

The Nationals in Government are spending big to help agricultural show societies and regional communities recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Nationals in Government are spending $36 million to help support show societies hit by social distancing restrictions, while the NSW Nationals in Government have allocated a further $10.77 million to…

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Nats secure millions to support regional news

The Nationals in Government have announced 107 regional publishers and broadcasters who applied to the Public Interest News Gathering (PING) Program will receive a share of $50 million in funding committed to support regional news services in 2020-21. This funding was secured to support newspaper businesses and commercial broadcasters across regional and remote Australia. Unprecedented…

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Cash flows to fix local roads

The State and Federal Nationals in Government will join forces to turbocharge a program that will improve local roads across regional NSW and create thousands of local jobs. The Australian Government has committed $191 million to build on the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Local Roads program, ensuring even more regional communities benefit faster. The…

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New sports hub to kick off in Cooma

NSW Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro has marked two significant milestones in the local region. Mr Barilaro said the green light has officially been given for the new $15 million state-of-the-art sports facility in Cooma, which was committed to during the 2019 State Election. “The people of Monaro love their sport and this new…

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Kempsey to get Country Universities Centre

A new Country Universities Centre will be established in Kempsey to boost jobs and provide higher education study options for Macleay Valley youth thanks to the support of the Nationals in Government. NSW Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan welcomed the announcement for the region. Mr Conaghan…

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Stimulus fast-tracks work on old Grafton Bridge

Work to ensure the old Grafton Bridge continues to provide a safe and reliable crossing for many years to come has commenced as part of the NSW Nationals in Government’s economic stimulus package. NSW Nationals Member for Clarence and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads Chris Gulaptis said stimulus funding from the $2.3 billion COVID-19 package…

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300,000 regional seniors benefit from travel card

More than 300,000 seniors have now successfully signed up for the Regional Seniors Travel Card which has put $250 in their pocket to spend on fuel, taxis and pre-booked NSW TrainLink trains and coaches. NSW Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the card had eased the burden of travel costs for…

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Major boost for Myall Lakes SES units

NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has announced that community safety continues to be paramount for the Government with the delivery of five state-of-the-art vehicles and marine vessels for the State Emergency Service (SES) across the Myall Lakes. The new equipment forms part of the $56.4 million SES fleet replacement program funded by…

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More places for local children in preschools

More families will have access to preschool thanks to a new round of funding creating additional places in preschools for children on waitlists. The NSW Nationals Government are continuing their commitment to increase access to preschool for communities across the State with another round of Start Strong Capital Works Grants for community preschools. NSW Nationals…

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Saluting their service

Community groups and organisations across the State will be better equipped to remember the service and sacrifice of our current and former Australian Defence Force personnel thanks to the Nationals in Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program. Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie congratulated Forster-Tuncurry RSL Sub-Branch, which was among the recipients…

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New Department bringing jobs to the regions

An office for the newly-created Department of Regional NSW will be established in Dubbo, Queanbeyan, Armidale and Coffs Harbour, bringing hundreds of new jobs to the regions and putting regional communities at the forefront of government decision making. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders welcomed the announcement for his region. “People in regional NSW…

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Tackling homelessness in the Tweed

Intensive work to reduce rough sleeping in Tweed Heads and surrounding areas is delivering positive results with dozens of people assisted into safe and secure housing. Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the NSW Nationals in Government’s $5.1 million assertive outreach program is helping turn the tide on homelessness in the region. “Staff have been…

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