Nats in government support local dairy business

A $500,000 grant from the Regional Job Creation Fund will help the expansion of The Little Big Dairy Company at Rawsonville near Dubbo and provide new job opportunities. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the grant will go towards building a new shed for storage and office space, as well as the purchase…

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Nats in government continue Griffith hospital redevelopment

The $250 million redevelopment of Griffith Base Hospital is a step closer, with NSW Health Infrastructure lodging the State Significant Development application for the work. The hospital will provide the Griffith area with: an expanded Emergency Department; a significant increase in aged care and rehabilitation beds; operating theatres, surgical, and medical inpatient units; maternity, medical…

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Nats in high spirits with bush jobs boost

The expansion of an award-winning craft distillery in the Upper Hunter is the first of 23 projects being backed by the NSW Nationals in the state government’s $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund. Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro has met the owners of Magpie Distilling at the White Hart Hotel in Murrurundi…

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Disaster relief extended for flood-affected communities

The NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments have announced additional assistance for communities affected by February’s devastating floods. Recovery grants of up to $50,000 for small businesses and $75,000 for primary producers are now available in Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kyogle, Lismore, and Richmond Valley. Previously, support was available for communities impacted by…

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Record school budgets are for students, say Nats

NSW Nationals Education Minister Sarah Mitchell is cracking down on schools that don’t spend their funding on students. The new rules for public school principals mean they must spend all their record education funding on the students it is intended for. “Public schools in NSW are better funded than at any point in history,” Ms…

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Layzell outlines plans to fix Dungog roads

NSW Nationals candidate for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell and NSW Nationals Regional Transport Minister Paul Toole have met Dungog Shire Council officials to outline how the NSW Nationals in Government plan to continue to assist in fixing local roads and bridges. Mr Layzell said local roads have been a massive issue for Dungog Shire for…

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Nats deliver fee-free trade training for women

The NSW Nationals in the state government will support 3000 fee-free training places for women in trades to help boost female representation in construction, manufacturing, engineering, transport and logistics. The fee-free Built For Women program will target women aged 16 to 24, as well as female jobseekers, women at risk of unemployment, and women in…

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New Queanbeyan police station open for business

The new $31 million Queanbeyan Police Station has officially opened following a formal ceremony attended by Deputy Premier and Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM. Mr Barilaro said the new station is a substantial commitment into regional infrastructure and the Monaro Police District. “The safety of our community is…

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Nats in government transform training in Scone

The NSW Nationals in the state government have announced a major expansion of TAFE training facilities in the Upper Hunter. A $3 million multi-trades workshop and mobile training storage facility will be built at the Scone Connected Learning Centre. Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro said the $3 million workshop will complement the…

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Securing the future of mining communities

The NSW Nationals in the state government have announced a new program designed to ensure a strong future for coal mining communities for decades to come. The Royalties for Rejuvenation program will see $25 million in coal royalties set aside each year to ensure coal mining communities have the support they need to develop other…

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Nats luminary heads up vital freight organisation

The Hon Warren Truss AC – the former longserving Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister – has been reappointed Chair of the Australian Rail Track Corporation. Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Michael McCormack said Mr Truss’s wealth of knowledge in governance, freight and regional Australia continued to make him a valuable asset to the…

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New pilot programme for Northern Rivers veterans

Referrals are being taken for a pilot program for Northern Rivers veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress and Substance Use Disorders. The program will be run by The Buttery, a not-for-profit, charitable mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation organisation based near Bangalow in Northern NSW, and will be funded with a $300,000 grant from the…

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Anzac Day

On Sunday, April 25 we observe ANZAC Day, and remember those who fought for their country in the past and those who continue to serve today. The ANZAC legend was born on the other side of the world 106 years ago. In the early hours of April 25, 1915, Australian, New Zealand, and Allied troops…

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