Spectacular boost to school arts programs

A new grants program has been created to help rebuild school arts programs as students return next term. Nationals Minister for Education and Early Childhood Sarah Mitchell has launched the Arts Recovery Program, which will operate with funds earmarked for the world’s biggest variety show – the NSW Schools Spectacular. The Spectacular, which highlights the…

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NSW to introduce world’s largest shark management program

The world’s largest suite of shark management tools and technologies will be deployed to NSW beaches after funding was nearly tripled to expand the NSW Government’s Shark Management Program. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said increasing funding to $21.4 million would support the expansion of the effective, evidence-based shark management program…

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COVID update for Hilltops LGA

Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is urging residents in the Young district to come forward for testing as the Hilltops local government area returns to stay-at-home orders for seven days from 6.00pm Friday, September 17. Stay-at-home orders mean you can only leave your place of residence for a reasonable excuse, including to: obtain food…

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Boost for domestic softwood timber supply

The domestic softwood timber industry has received a significant boost with the NSW Nationals in the state government directing Forestry Corporation to divert selected softwood log exports, impacted by the China trade embargo, to domestic markets. Deputy Premier and Forestry Minister John Barilaro said this will see at least an extra 270,000 tonnes of timber…

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Rebuilding Rappville

Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan and Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow have announced work is about to begin on rebuilding Rappville, south of Casino. Rappville was devastated by the Black Summer bushfires. More than 50 homes were destroyed, lives were lost, and livelihoods were shattered. It is an incredibly resilient community. Richmond…

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Barnaby Joyce Press Club speech

After defeating Darius Ill in 330 BC, Alexander the Great went on to the Indus Valley, left and returned, left and never visited again, creating the vacuum which was the first-noted iteration of the troubles of Afghanistan. It was not much past the shadow of Bucephalus leaving, with Alexander’s Bactrian Princess Roxana, that the remnant…

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Number one disease threat intercepted

Biosecurity officers at the Sydney Gateway Facility have intercepted a mail parcel with two live rooted rose plants, which are known hosts of Australia’s top plant disease threat. Head of Biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Andrew Tongue, said importing plants carried a huge risk of diseases. “Roses are a host…

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Changes to stay-at-home orders for regional NSW

Stay-at-home orders will be lifted for Bega, Blayney, Bogan, Cabonne, Dungog, Forbes, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Parkes, Singleton, Snowy Monaro and Upper Hunter Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 1pm today (Thursday, September 16). Unfortunately stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Albury and Lismore LGAs from 6pm today (Thursday, September 16) for one week, due to an…

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Prioritising the mental health of students and school staff

Thousands of specialist staff are supporting the wellbeing and mental health of school communities during the COVID-19 lockdown. Nationals Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Government has been prioritising the mental health of students by ramping up wellbeing support. “We know how difficult the last 18 months have been for our students, which…

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Water

Water blueprint launched

The NSW Nationals in the state government have launched the NSW Water Strategy – a 20-year blueprint to deliver resilient and sustainable water resources to communities across the state. The strategy coincides with the launch of the Water Project Map – a new tool for people to access information about all water infrastructure projects across…

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Black Summer bushfire recovery grants extended

The NSW Nationals in the federal government have extended applications for Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Program grants in eligible local government areas until 5.00pm Wednesday, October 6, 2021. The areas include the MidCoast, Port Macquarie-Hastings, and Dungog Shire council areas. Grants of between $20,000 and $10 million are available to support regions affected by the…

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Lismore’s new mountain bike track open for business

The new mountain bike skills course at Nesbitt Park in Lismore has been officially opened. The creation of the course involved demolishing part of the existing BMX track, undertaking drainage work, re-establishing landscaping and vegetation, and installing the sorts of bike skill features that normally would be found in a bushland setting. Nationals MLC Ben…

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Historic Blue Mountains tunnel a step closer

Plans to build Australia’s longest road tunnel between Blackheath and Little Hartley are powering ahead, with a major contract awarded for the environmental assessment. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said AECOM Australia had been selected in a competitive tender process to work on the proposed 11-kilometre tunnel, a central component of…

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