Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper – Stronger farmers, stronger economy

The Commonwealth Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper is an investment in our farmers and our competitive strengths in agriculture. This is a vital part of our plan to build a strong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia. A strong agriculture sector contributes to a strong economy—and that means more jobs, more exports, higher incomes…

Interest rates drop for farm business concessional loan schemes

Interest rates on loans across the Australian Government’s concessional loan schemes for farm businesses are set to fall on 1 August. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the government was providing $250 million a year for the next 11 years through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper in low interest drought loans to give farmers surety…

Building council bridges across the nation

THE Australian Government is inviting applications for the second round of its popular $300 million Bridges Renewal programme. The programme is designed to improve access for communities and deliver greater productivity for the nation. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the second round of the programme will provide…

jobactive open for business across Australia

The Minister for Employment, Eric Abetz and the Assistant Minister for Employment, Luke Hartsuyker today welcomed the start of the Australian Government’s new $6.8 billionjobactive employment service across Australia. The Ministers said that jobactive signalled a new era of more practical and effective support for job seekers and employers than was ever-achieved under Labor’s failed…

Still time to have your say on country of origin labelling, says Joyce

Consumers have until Friday to have their say on country of origin labelling options before a survey about different labelling options wraps up, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has said. “For as long as I’ve been in politics, the issue of country of origin labelling has been raised with me,” Minister Joyce said. “We have answered…

Tintenbar to Ewingsdale nears completion

WORKS on the $862 million Tintenbar to Ewingsdale section of the Pacific Highway upgrade are almost complete, with the road expected to open to traffic before the end of the year. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upcoming completion of the upgrade is an important step towards…

Full steam ahead on Tasmanian freight

THE Australian Government has approved the release of $54.6 million of the $59.8 million committed for rail upgrade projects as part of Tasmania’s Freight Rail Revitalisation scheme. The funding will be matched by the Tasmanian Government. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgrading projects would ensure rail’s…

Heavy Vehicle Road User Charge frozen for another year

TRUCKIES and other heavy vehicle operators around the nation will benefit from an extension to the current freeze of the heavy vehicle Road User Charge. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the charge will remain at the current 26.14 cents per litre for the 2015-16 financial year. “This…

Inspiring Rural Communities – new grants announced

SUCCESSFUL applicants from the 2015 Creating Inspiring Rural Community Leadership and Engagement (CIRCLE) grants programme were announced today. The programme, developed by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), and made possible with a $500,000 grant from the Australian Government, fosters community leadership development in regional and remote areas. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister…

Fuel excise change a boost for local roads

COUNCILS across Australia will receive an extra $1.105 billion over the next two years from the Australian Government for local road and street works following the reintroduction of Consumer Price Index-linked fuel excise. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said every cent of the extra $23 billion revenue raised…