The NSW Nationals want to keep NSW moving and to do that we need roads, rail, and ports – both air and sea – to continually improve.
The NSW Nationals have been in government since 2011 at a state level and 2013 at a federal level. During that time, we have worked hard to deliver a fair go for the people of regional, rural, and remote NSW.
Our policies are based upon traditional Australian values of fairness, equality, and mateship – which are reflected in our We Believe statement – and upon motions presented by grassroots members to our Annual General Conference.
Many regional communities are built around resources – fishing, forestry and mining are just a few of the industries providing vital jobs outside of the cities.
The NSW Nationals have always had a focus on agriculture, a sector worth more than $8 billion to our economy each year. But our support does not stop at farmers, pastoralists, and horticulturalists.
There are hundreds of thousands of small businesses in our state, and more than a third of them are in the regions.
The NSW Nationals in Government have invested heavily in improving regional telecommunications, which in conjunction with more Federal Government and private sector investment has reduced the number of mobile phone blackspots.
The NSW Nationals acknowledge Indigenous Australians as the traditional custodians of our land and work to give them an effective voice in Parliament.
The NSW Nationals value investing in improved education outcomes from childcare level right through schooling to vocational and tertiary learning.
The NSW Nationals believe investing in our regional centres is vital to the growth of our state – supporting regional business and industry and supplying a convenient place for a range of essential services.
Access to a range of diverse artistic and cultural experiences is important for the social wellbeing of all Australians.
Emergency services workers – both paid and voluntary – make a huge contribution to the safety of people and property in regional NSW.
People living and working in regional, rural, and remote areas have a close connection to the land and have an appreciation for the environment and sustainable development. We choose to live outside of the cities because we love our pristine beaches and waterways, our forests and bushland, and great outback spaces.
It is important to enjoy the natural beauty of our land, and ensure it is well-cared for into the future.
The NSW Nationals are committed to sustainability in many forms – well-managed forests, productive agricultural land, river management, alternative energy sources, recycling, and research programs to address land degradation and salinity.
The NSW Nationals support research to establish whether rare and endangered flora and fauna exist on reserves or in areas of remnant vegetation on agricultural private property located within rural areas, and will designate ‘environmentally sensitive areas’ if rare flora and fauna are found.
The NSW Nationals acknowledge our climate is changing, resulting in more extreme and variable weather patterns.