Upper Hunter critical freight route to be rebuilt

The Federal Coalition Government and the NSW Government have committed to rebuild MR358 between Merriwa and Willow Tree. The $48.3 million project to restore this critical livestock freight route will be funded $38.64 million by a re-elected Coalition Government and $9.66 million by the NSW Government. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the stretch of…

$3 million to improve Guyra Early Learning Centre

The Coalition Government will provide $3 million towards a $4.2 million project for the Guyra Early Learning Centre to re-locate to a new, fit-for-purpose centre. The modern facilities will double childcare spaces and include a carpark, making it easier for the Guyra community to access increased employment or study opportunities. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce…

New Centre of Excellence for University of New England

The Coalition Government has committed $15 million for the University of New England (UNE) to establish an Agvet Chemical & Technology Innovation Centre of Excellence (CoE). The CoE will bring together farmers, scientists and industry experts from across Australia and globally, through the establishment of a Chair of Regulatory Sciences and supporting secretariat located at…

Federation University receives Regional Research Collaboration funding

 The Coalition Government will invest more than $3 million in Federation University to undertake research to improve outcomes for regional Australians with chronic health conditions.  Minister for Regional Education, Bridget McKenzie said a total of more than $19 million is being invested in a range of projects to boost the research capabilities of Australia’s regional…

Refurbishment of the Courthouse Theatre at Federation University’s Ballarat campus

 A re-elected Coalition Government will invest $5 million to refurbish the famous Courthouse Theatre at Federation University’s Ballarat campus to enhance teaching spaces.  Minister for Regional Education, Bridget McKenzie said the historic 1868 former Ballarat Supreme Court is one of Ballarat’s most beautiful heritage buildings.  “This beautiful, historic building has been used as a teaching…

Funding for new CQ University Cairns CBD campus

A re-elected Coalition Government will invest $50 million to construct a new campus in Cairns to turbocharge the region and meet growing student demand. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the new campus will create more economic opportunities and stronger futures for people in Far North Queensland. “The Coalition Government is committed to supporting regional…

Carbon and biodiversity world leaders in the Goulburn Valley

The Nationals’ world-first Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Package is set to take off in Victoria’s Goulburn Broken region. “The Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Package rewards farmers with a passive income stream from biodiversity outcomes and carbon abatement,” Minister Littleproud said. “Farmers have stewardship of over 50 per cent of Australia’s landscape, and it is about time they…

New South Wales gets telecommunications boost

Residents across regional and remote New South Wales will soon be better connected following successful applications for funding mobile and broadband upgrades under Round 2 of the Regional Connectivity Program.  Minister for Regional Communications, Bridget McKenzie said the projects form part of the Coalition Government’s continuing roll-out of the $257 million Regional Connectivity Program (RCP). …

Address (Deputy Prime Minister) – National Press Club

Four hundred thousand people have already voted and there are assumptions two million will have voted before election day. The people, in so many instances, have made up their mind and this is in a frame of geopolitical uncertainty, global economic pressures, cost of living pressures and a vision for our nation that deals with…