New Department bringing jobs to the regions

An office for the newly-created Department of Regional NSW will be established in Dubbo, Queanbeyan, Armidale and Coffs Harbour, bringing hundreds of new jobs to the regions and putting regional communities at the forefront of government decision making. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders welcomed the announcement for his region. “People in regional NSW…

Regional Australia grows as people seek country living

Tens of thousands of people are choosing regional Australia over the capital cities according to a new Regional Australia Institute (RAI) report tracking population movements between 2011 and 2016. Deputy Prime Minister Nationals Leader Michael McCormack said The Big Movers: Understanding Population Mobility in Regional Australia report showed more and more Australians were attracted to…

New police to keep our regions safer

Regional NSW Police Districts have been allocated extra new officers, thanks to the efforts of the NSW Nationals in Government. Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said the Coffs/Clarence and Richmond police districts, which cover his electorate, got an extra nine officers. “This is another instalment of the historic 1500 increase to the NSW Police Force…

John Barilaro

Department of Regional NSW established

A dedicated Department of Regional NSW has been established to better coordinate support for communities, businesses and farmers in the bush that have endured drought, bushfire and flood and now face the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Premier, NSW Nationals Leader and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the department will bring together…

NBN Co boosts data for rural and regional customers

The Nationals in Government have welcomed more broadband data for Sky Muster satellite customers living in rural and remote Australia. The initiatives include permanent enhancements to NBN Co’s Sky Muster Plus offering, and a temporary increase to data allowances for standard Sky Muster plans to support the increased data needs of rural and regional Australians…

Billion-Dollar Investment In Regional Dams

The State and Federal Nationals in Government will deliver a $1 billion water infrastructure package for rural and regional communities impacted by the devastating drought in NSW. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Deputy Premier John Barilaro said both governments had been working together to fund critical water infrastructure projects, including new and expanded dam…

Water Minister Cracks The Whip On Bureaucrats

NSW Nationals Water Minister Melinda Pavey has told public servants that if building dams was not their priority then they should “vacate the room immediately”. Mrs Pavey showed up uninvited to a private meeting between some of NSW’s most senior bureaucrats, where she delivered a fiery spray at a speechless room. “If you’re not interested…

First Homebuyer Bonanza In Regional NSW

Dubbo is top of the pops when it comes to regional first-home owners, with recent data outlining the city’s status as an area of growth. First homebuyers in regional NSW have saved millions of dollars in stamp duty thanks to the NSW Government’s Housing Affordability Strategy introduced in July 2017. NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo…

Kevin Anderson and John Barilaro

Nats in Government Helping Drought-Stricken Towns

The Nationals in Government are continuing to work hard on delivering real support for drought-affected communities. NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said there was a lot of help on the table, with emergency assistance to maintain town water supplies, ongoing financial support for farmers and regional communities, keeping teachers at drought-affected schools, as…

Nationals In Government Deliver Future Drought Fund

Farmers and regional communities that have suffered through years of unrelenting drought have been taken care of by the Nationals in Government. These vital communities across rural and regional NSW now have access to the tools they need to prepare for, manage and sustain their businesses with the passage of the Future Drought Fund legislation…