Nats welcome border bubble return

The Queensland government has announced the NSW-Queensland border bubble will be reinstated. The bubble, originally introduced during last year’s COVID outbreak, will allow students and essential workers to travel from the 12 New South Wales Local Government Areas, where restrictions are being eased, into Queensland. The bubble will come into effect from 1:00am on Monday,…

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Pop up vaccination hubs in Tamworth and Lithgow

Tamworth’s Sports Dome will be transformed into a Super Sunday mass-vaccination hub this Sunday, September 12. Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the hub would be a walk-in, with no appointment necessary. “I want to remove any barriers to access a vaccination, and this is a great opportunity for the 20,000 plus residents of…

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Roadmap to freedom for the fully vaccinated

Stay-at-home orders for adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be lifted from the Monday after NSW passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target, under the roadmap to freedom released today. The roadmap is subject to further fine-tuning and health advice if circumstances change drastically or if cases within a…

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Regional road

Take extra care in rural road safety month

The NSW Nationals in the state government are appealing for drivers in regional NSW to take extra care this Rural Road Safety Month, as a confronting new video is released, showing the tragic impacts of a fatal crash near Dubbo. Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said he hoped the video would…

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Good news for Nambucca fishing community

Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey has announced $153,000 in funding through the Recreational Fishing Trust for the installation of two fishing platforms at the Nambucca Heads V-Wall. “This is fantastic news for the local community and I congratulate Nambucca Valley Council for receiving the funding for this project,” Ms Pavey said. “The current works…

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Extra aerial firefighting muscle for the regions

The NSW Nationals in the federal government have announced funding for the lease of a Large Air Tanker to boost aerial firefighting muscle this fire season. Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said the extra resourcing was important as the Bushfire Danger Period was already in place across a number of local government…

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Record canola crop boosts Winter harvest

Australian Winter crops are set for another bumper year with favourable conditions and a record amount of land sown. ABARES Executive Director Jared Greenville said the Australian Crop Report forecasts another harvest well above the historical average. “This year is looking set to be another strong year for growers, with the national Winter crop harvest…

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Smart Farms Small Grants boost for Cowper

Individuals and organisations in Cowper can apply for a share of $13 million in Smart Farms Small Grants funding from the NSW Nationals in the federal government for activities to assist farmers and land managers improve their understanding and management of their soil. Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said the grants provide an…

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State-wide vaccination blitz for education staff

School, early childhood, TAFE NSW, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university staff can access the Astra Zeneca vaccine, right across NSW. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said tens of thousands of vaccinations have been reserved exclusively for education staff at the Qudos hub in Homebush. “The Qudos hub is…

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Sound decision to boost Riverina investment

A Wagga Wagga acoustic veneer panel manufacturer will soon have the specialist technology and equipment upgrades needed to service new local and overseas markets, thanks to support from the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Regional Job Creation Fund. Duty Nationals MLC for Wagga Wagga, Wes Fang, said a $330,000 grant from the NSW Nationals…

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Keeping cats at home to protect native wildlife

A new initiative has been launched to help curb the toll on native wildlife caused by domestic cats across the state. Domestic cats are estimated to kill around 67 million native mammals, 83 million native reptiles and 80 million native birds in Australia each year. Under the new initiative, RSPCA NSW will engage councils across…

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Looking after mental health in lockdown

NSW Nationals Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor, Chief NSW Psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright, and Lifeline Chairman John Brogden are calling on the community to be aware of their own mental health and that of their family and loved ones while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. Mrs Taylor said lockdown can be an incredibly stressful…

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Local fishos reel in share of $17 million in new projects

The NSW Nationals in the state government have announced a record 94 grants have been awarded through the Recreational Fishing Trust. The Trust takes fishing licence fees and invests them back into local community projects like jetties, boat ramps, cleaning tables, and education projects. Through these latest grants, more than $17 million will be given…

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