$263.5 million boost for on-farm irrigation in NSW

Farmers and irrigators in southern New South Wales will share in more than $260 million of Commonwealth and New South Wales Government funding to improve on-farm irrigation efficiency, and return water savings to the local environment. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt congratulated the successful funding recipients of Round Five of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program.…

Have your say on the Horticulture Code of Conduct

Stakeholders have an opportunity to shape the regulation of Australia’s $9.23 billion horticulture sector with the release today of an issues paper to inform the independent review of the mandatory Horticulture Code of Conduct. In June, Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, initiated the review of the Horticulture Code…

The Nationals thank Bruce Scott

The Nationals Federal President, Mrs Christine Ferguson has paid tribute to the Hon Bruce Scott MP following his announcement today that he will retire from the Federal Parliament after more than 25 years of outstanding service to Australia at the next Federal election. Bruce was first elected in 1990 and has served The Nationals with…

Report into National Agricultural Statistics Review released

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Kelly O’Dwyer, today delivered on an election commitment, releasing the final report of the National Agricultural Statistics Review to better underpin the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of the agriculture sector. Minister Joyce said the report was the culmination of more than two years’ work by…

NATIONALS TO CONTRIBUTE TO FIREARMS REVIEW

The Federal Nationals will establish a Party Room Working Group to canvass the views of regional firearms users and other interested parties on the adequacy, efficiency and effectiveness of existing firearms controls, such as licensing arrangements and the categorisation of various firearms. The Working Group will be led by Senator Bridget McKenzie. The Working Group…

$1.45 billion NT prawn farm awarded major project status

A $1.45 billion prawn farm that will create 1,600 direct jobs and produce more than 100,000 tonnes of prawns a year has been awarded Major Project Status by the Australian and Northern Territory Governments. The announcement today comes on the back of the recent launch of the Australian Government’s Northern Australia White Paper. Deputy Prime…

REGIONAL ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANISATIONS TO INSPIRE

The Australian Government has announced more than $745,000 for 68 arts and cultural projects across regional Australia, through the Regional Arts Fund. The projects will animate community spaces, provide opportunities for participation and increased understanding of artists with disability, assist in the preservation and transmission of Indigenous culture and provide opportunities for local artists to…