Drought relief approved for Richmond Valley Council

Richmond Valley Council has received a $1 million Nationals in Government grant to assist with drought relief, which will be used to support important community infrastructure. Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan joined local mayor Robert Mustow to officially announce the projects. Mr Hogan said the funds were provided to council to assist with…

End to environmental flows from Chaffey during drought

A common-sense approach has prevailed in relation to holding critical water supplies in Chaffey Dam for as long as possible during one of the worst droughts on record. NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the breakthrough came after a series of meetings between Government and key local stakeholders. Mr Anderson said an emergency…

Helping deliver donated fodder

Throughout May trucks carrying a total of 574 tonnes of hay will be rolling into Gollan to help drought-affected farmers, thanks to a $137,000 NSW Nationals in Government Donated Fodder Transport subsidy. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said this was part of a broad range of support available to assist farmers and their…

Details of major drought relief boost revealed

Farmers and communities across the state will continue to receive vital drought assistance with the NSW Nationals in Government providing a $310 million boost to the Emergency Drought Relief Package. NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said that this crucial funding would ease the financial burden on regional communities caused by the drought.…

Local upgrades thanks to Drought Stimulus Package

Finley residents will soon benefit from having a shaded path connecting homes to the town’s CBD, schools and parks as well as improved road safety, with the green light given to upgrade a significant local thoroughfare, thanks to NSW Nationals in Government funding. Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Steph Cooke said $1 million from…

It’s not time to forget drought, says Nats MP

While the world is dealing with COVID-19, and parts of NSW rebound from the summer’s devastating bushfires, NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said it is timely to remember that more than 75 per cent of the state is still in some level of drought. Mr Saunders said a significant amount of money has…

LLS rates waived again this year for state’s farmers

The NSW Nationals in Government will once again waive all Local Land Services (LLS) rates for this year to provide relief for farmers going through devastating bushfires and crippling drought. Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said during these difficult times, every little bit of support counted and that waiving LLS rates would help reduce the cost…

Drought and fire assistance

As our communities continue to face challenges with both the drought and fires, we want to ensure everyone is aware of the assistance that is available. Yourself, or a neighbour or friend, could benefit from this information. • Farmers and small businesses that have been hit by the bushfires can now access recovery grants of…

Funds flow for emergency water infrastructure

More than 30 urgent water infrastructure projects will get underway in drought-stricken communities thanks to $87 million in funding from the NSW Nationals in Government. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Water Melinda Pavey made the announcement in Dubbo following a historic Community Cabinet held in Bourke. “The entire…

Local tradies the first pick for school maintenance

NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen says a new initiative will enable local tradies to get school maintenance jobs in the region. Mr Johnsen said local tradies would be given preference with a new online system allowing businesses to engage directly with the NSW Government on projects in the region. “The online procurement…