ADDITIONAL $75 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR DROUGHT HIT COMMUNITIES

Drought affected communities will soon see relief flowing in the form of $1 million in grants to Local Government areas to help stimulate regional and rural economies. The Drought Communities Programme extension grant hub opened last week and drought impacted councils have already begun submitting their applications. Nearly one third of eligible councils have started…

CONSTRUCTION OF ROOKWOOD WEIR NOW ONE STEP CLOSER

Construction of Rookwood Weir has taken another positive step forward with the Australian and Queensland governments moving closer towards finalising arrangements for the project’s development and operations. The Australian and Queensland governments are working to a timeline where the Weir’s construction is due to commence in the 2019 dry season and be completed by late…

NATS WELCOME PERIN DAVEY

Conargo businesswoman Perin Davey will lead The Nationals’ Senate ticket in New South Wales at the next election following a preselection of grassroots party members today. Welcoming Ms Davey to The Nationals’ team, Nationals’ Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said her varied experience and practical skillset will be an asset. “Perin is a…

THE NATIONALS’ MINISTRY

The Nationals will continue our focus on delivering for the more than 8 million Australians who live in rural and regional areas with strong representation in key portfolios in the Liberal and Nationals Government. In addition to responsiblities as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, I will add Regional Development. This continues…

MORE HELP FOR DROUGHT-AFFECTED FARMERS

Direct assistance and concessional loans to aid drought-stricken farmers across the nation will increase to $1.8 billion as part of the next phase of the Coalition Government’s drought package. The Liberal-Nationals Government has today announced additional funding for local infrastructure in drought-affected areas, new tax breaks for farmers, the appointment of a National Drought Coordinator…

NATS SALUTE LOCAL CHAMPION LUKE HARTSUYKER

The Nationals have thanked and congratulated Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker who has today announced his plans to retire at the next Federal Election. Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals’ Leader Michael McCormack and Deputy Nationals’ Leader Bridget McKenzie praised Mr Hartsuyker’s achievements for the Cowper electorate over 17 years as its local MP. Luke Hartsuyker’s advocacy…

IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR FARMING FAMILIES

Thousands of farming families will receive immediate additional financial support to help them and their communities fight one of the worst droughts of the past century. On 19 June the Commonwealth Government extended the availability of the Farm Household Allowance scheme from three to four years, effective from 1 August. This was the most prominent…

ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR INLAND RAIL

To maximise local employment benefits of the Inland Rail, for an important section of the 1,700kms Brisbane to Melbourne route, the Federal Liberal and Nationals’ Government has announced it will be establishing a ‘One-Stop-Shop’. It comes after the preferred construction contractor for the Parkes to Narromine section of the Inland Rail – the INLink Joint…

NATS WELCOME ENERGY REPORT

The Nationals welcome today’s report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) into Australia’s national electricity market. The report provides a blueprint to reduce household energy bills and secure power reliability. Spanning some 400 pages and providing 56 recommendations, the Liberal and Nationals’ Government will now consider this substantial report in detail. The Nationals…