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ADDITIONAL FUNDING ASSISTANCE FOLLOWING MARCH FLOODS

Today’s announcement of Category C assistance for more flood-affected areas of the Richmond electorate is great news in what has been a difficult time according to the Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams.

He said the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and the NSW Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant have announced more areas and sectors will be eligible for grants under the jointly-funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Senator Williams said grants of up to $10,000 will be available to eligible banana, beef and soybean growers in Ballina Shire and macadamia growers in Byron Shire. 

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Win for Australia's Hire Industry

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Australia’s hire industry has finally seen ‘a win for common sense’ with the passing of new legislation to release the majority of the hire industry from the clutches of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (PPSA).

After more than five years of being tied up in red tape and where hire industry members have literally seen hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment seized and lost, both Houses of Federal Parliament have passed a Bill to fix what Bill proponent, Senator John (‘Wacka’) Williams

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GOOD BUDGET FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL NSW

The Federal Budget commitment to infrastructure spending and new investment initiatives are good news for regional areas according to the Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams.

Senator Williams said the Turnbull-Joyce government has announced $75 billion will be spent over the next ten years for critical airport, road and rail infrastructure, including an $8.4 billion injection for the Inland Rail.

He said the Inland Rail fast-track freight line will link Melbourne and Brisbane by 2024 and is projected to create 16,000 new jobs at the peak of construction.

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HELPING PARENTS PREPARE FOR WORK ON THE NORTH COAST

Disadvantaged parents of young children will soon have access to the training and support they need to become work ready, thanks to the Turnbull Government’s decision to expand the successful ParentsNext program.

The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams said the best form of welfare is a job and the government is focused on helping more parents of young children into work.

He said ParentsNext will connect North Coast parents of young children with personalised support to improve their work readiness by the time their children start school.

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VOLUNTEER GRANTS FOR HUNTER

Eighteen community groups and individuals in Hunter will receive volunteer grants that have been announced today.

The Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams said he had been advised by the Minister for Social Services the Hon. Christian Porter that $73,000 had been approved for a range of purposes including the purchase of equipment, training and transport.

Grants are between $1,000 and $5,000.

Senator Williams said the successful recipients are –

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