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REGIONAL DENTISTRY 2017 SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED

 Casey Hogden

 

A young dentistry student who has an ambition to practice in regional areas when fully qualified is the recipient of the 2017 NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship.

Casey Hogben of Korora near Coffs Harbour has been named as the successful applicant for the scholarship which is sponsored for the eighth successive year by the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams and is administered by the National Rural Health Alliance.

Since 2010 Senator Williams has provided $4,800 annually to a commencing dentistry student to assist in their first year studies.

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FUNDING TO REPAIR BRIDGES

Councils in the Richmond electorate are being invited to apply for a share of the $360 million Bridges Renewal funding programme to have ageing bridges repaired.

The Commonwealth Government’s Bridges Renewal programme has opened a third round of funding where the government will meet up to half the cost of the repair according to the Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams.

He said whilst Councils can nominate bridges that need upgrading, local residents should also contact their local council with suggestions.

State, territory and local governments are eligible to apply for up to 50 percent of project costs to a maximum of $5 million.

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WOULD YOU LIKE A COMMONWEALTH AGENCY IN YOUR TOWN?

A Senate inquiry is the perfect opportunity for people in the Singleton, Muswellbrook, Cessnock and Lake Macquarie areas and all towns in the Hunter electorate to lobby for the relocation of a Commonwealth agency to their area.

The Nationals Senator for NSW John Williams said the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee will be holding an inquiry into the operation, effectiveness and consequences of relocating corporate Commonwealth entities, as well as the economic, environmental and capability implications.

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REVITALISING EDUCATION IN HUNTER

The Coalition Government has launched a comprehensive review to boost outcomes for regional, rural and remote students not just at school, but also as they go on to further study, training and employment.

The review will hear stories and feedback about regional and rural education from across the country and Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams says he hopes educators, students, families, employers and the local community will have their say.

Senator Williams said location shouldn’t be a liability, and this review delivers on the Nationals commitment to tackle the unique challenges people face in areas like Muswellbrook, Singleton, Denman, Cessnock and Broke and it will come up with solutions to better support students in school and into pathways beyond school.

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AUSTRALIA'S FIRST NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH COMMISSIONER A NATIONALS PROMISE

The Coalition Government is delivering on its election commitment to appoint a National Rural Health Commissioner.

Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner will be an independent and high-profile advocate for regional, rural and remote health.

The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams welcomed the introduction of legislation into the House of Representatives by the Nationals Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, to establish the role of the Commissioner as part of important reforms to regional and rural health in Australia.

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