$20 million events boost to drive regional tourism

Major events are set to come back bigger and better under a funding boost that drives tourists to the regions and helps communities back on their feet. Acting Premier Paul Toole has opened applications for Round Two of the NSW Government’s $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund (REAF) to help bring new major sporting, lifestyle,…

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Record NSW investment in shark mitigation measures

Shark response capabilities will be enhanced at beaches across the state, with the NSW Nationals in the state government announcing a boost of $4.4 million for a suite of immediate additional mitigation methods, as well as ongoing funding of more than $85 million to continue this strategy until 2026. Nationals Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders…

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Barnaby Joyce Rural Press Club address

Deputy Prime Minister and federal Nationals’ leader Barnaby Joyce addressed the Rural Press Club this week. This is what he had to say:   Winston Churchill once stated that he was “always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught”. Australia has to become as strong as possible as quickly as possible,…

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Knights $20 million Centre of Excellence officially opened

The ribbon has been officially cut on the Newcastle Knights’ new $20 million Centre of Excellence at District Park, Broadmeadow. The Centre provides an integrated world-class high-performance training, administration, and community facility for the identification, development, and fostering of rugby league talent in the Hunter. It includes three full-sized training fields, a state-of-the-art gym, multipurpose…

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Earlier NAPLAN results thanks to NSW Nats’ push

Improvements to NAPLAN, including moving the test to Term 1 and returning results much earlier, will be implemented from 2023 following a review led by NSW. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said she was pleased that changes were happening in line with the review initiated by NSW in 2019 to make…

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Further recognition for Clarence timber industry icon

J Notaras and Sons timber processors General Manager Donna Layton has been named the 2022 Clarence Electorate Local Woman of the Year. Clarence Nationals’ MP Chris Gulaptis said Donna was a big believer in personal and professional development and had obtained a university degree in business management. He said this helped her save jobs and…

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First digger on site for UNE Tamworth

The University of New England’s second campus is a step closer following the signing of the funding deed between the university and the NSW Government. Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said $26.6 million from the NSW Government’s Growing Local Economies fund will help ensure economic and social benefits for the whole New England North…

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Boosting teacher numbers in the bush

More teachers are on their way to public school classrooms across NSW, particularly in the regions, with the next round of applications for two popular NSW government teaching programs opening today. The FASTstream and Mid-Career Transition to Teaching programs were first offered last year and the response was amazing. The FASTstream program received more than…

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New freight transport advisory council launched

Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway has launched the new NSW Freight Transport Advisory Council (FTAC). Mr Farraway said the new council would replace the Freight and Logistics Advisory Council (FLAC) and the Road Freight Industry Council (RFIC) and represent the entire freight chain across different transport modes with a single body.…

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New flood recovery centres open

Two pop-up Recovery Centres will open to flood-affected communities on the Central Coast today. Nationals Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the Recovery Centres, located at Spencer and The Entrance, would assist communities transition from response into clean-up and recovery. “Recovering after a flood event is an…

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