Health reform secures record public hospital funding

Public hospitals across Australia will have record funding for the next five years after all states and territories signed onto the Australian Government’s new health reform agreement. This record funding agreement will deliver more doctors, more nurses and more services across public hospitals in every state and territory. This commitment ensures the Australian health system…

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Country showground upgrades to create local jobs

Please note, this photo was taken before social distancing measures were implemented Showgrounds across the state are set to receive funding from the NSW Nationals in Government to upgrade facilities and help create local jobs. NSW Nationals Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin announced Alstonville, Mullumbimby, Bonalbo, Lismore, Murwillumbah, Nimbin and Tenterfield showgrounds were…

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New Macksville Hospital opened

The new $73 million Macksville District Hospital has been officially opened by the NSW Nationals in Government. NSW Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the opening celebrated a commitment to building another state-of-the-art development in the Oxley region. “This state-of-the-art facility will enhance and improve patient and ambulatory care, as well as provide a…

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Ski slopes to reopen from June 22

Holidaymakers can start planning trips to the state’s ski fields with the NSW Nationals in Government announcing the alpine region will be open from June 22. Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said work was underway to ensure appropriate COVIDsafe measures were in place at Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and Perisher. “One of the…

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Funding for bushfire-affected farmers

Bushfire-affected primary producers in the Mid-Western Region have received a much-needed boost with more than $1 million in Special Disaster Bushfire Grants from the NSW Nationals in Government. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said 17 out of 21 grant applications in the region had been approved, with $1,033,465.95 already distributed to Mid-Western Region…

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Community groups benefit with Nats in Tweed

NSW Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has announced two projects will receive a combined total of $979,975 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund. The Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre has secured NSW Nationals in Government funding to deliver the innovative Tweed Coast YouthPlanted Program. This program has been co-designed with young people themselves and the Cabarita…

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Nats in Government begin replanting after bushfires

A $1 million expansion will double the capacity of Forestry Corporation’s Grafton Production Nursery, fast-tracking efforts to replant timber plantations affected by fires over the Black Summer, Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis has announced. Mr Gulaptis said he was delighted to have his Nationals colleague, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Forestry John Barilaro onsite…

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Funding to boost domestic violence support

Domestic violence victim-survivors will have more vital help available during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the NSW and Federal Nationals in Government investing more than $21 million to boost frontline services and other supports. The investment comprises $12.8 million from the state and $8.8 million from the Commonwealth. This funding is vital as the pandemic has…

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Six projects to make Orange roads safer

Motorists will soon benefit from a suite of safety measures rolling out across the Orange electorate with more than $16 million to be invested into 10 projects, through round three of the NSW Nationals in Government’s Safer Roads Program. Local NSW Nationals MLC Sam Farraway said Orange would welcome six new projects through the Safer…

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Regional Education Minister Andrew Gee

Boosting student numbers in regional Australia

More Australian students will receive scholarships to study outside the capital cities to support regional communities and education providers. The second round of applications for the Australian Government’s Destination Australia program allows regional universities and vocational education providers to apply to offer scholarships of up to $15,000 a student per year. The Nationals in Government…

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Pat Conaghan

Conaghan joins National Acknowledgement of Country

Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan joined many Australians in a National Acknowledgement of Country on Wednesday to show respect for our nation’s Traditional Owners. Mr Conaghan said it was part of National Reconciliation Week, which runs until next Wednesday and this year’s theme is ‘In This Together’. “Today and the whole of this week…

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Michael Johnsen

Grassroots sports groups share in $4.6 million boost

NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen has announced sports organisations in his electorate have shared in $4.6 million of grants to purchase equipment, improve facilities and increase participation opportunities. Mr Johnsen said the grants would assist local sporting organisations as COVID-19 restrictions slowly eased. “Sport is a vital part of the fabric of…

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Investing in our smart farming future

Sustainable farming efforts are being boosted thanks to the Nationals in Government with more support on offer under the latest round of the $43.5 million Smart Farms Small Grants program. This program is developing and extending new tools and technologies to help farmers and regional communities adopt best practice land management. Nationals Deputy Leader and…

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