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ROADS TO RECOVERY FUNDING ANNOUNCED

Almost $1.2 million will be distributed to councils in the Richmond electorate in the latest funding round under the Federal government’s Roads to Recovery programme.

Announcing the allocations today, the Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams said the Federal government is providing $3.2 billion to councils around Australia between 2014-15 and 2018-19 to repair and upgrade roads.

This includes the initial doubling of funding for 2015-16 and the additional $1.1 billion announced in June last year from the Fuel Excise Bill.

Senator Williams said in the August payments Tweed Shire Council will receive $658,333, Byron Shire Council $499,903 and Ballina Shire Council $40,438.

ROADS TO RECOVERY FUNDING FOR SINGLETON

Singleton Council will receive funding under the Federal government’s Roads to Recovery programme.

The Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams said the Council will receive $250,000 as its August payment.

He praised the Roads to Recovery programme which is providing $3.2 billion to councils across the nation between 2014-15 and 2018-19 to support maintenance of the local road network and improve road safety.

GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR VETERANS ASSISTING VETERANS

The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams today announced Federal government funding for essential advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families, war widows and widowers in the Tweed Heads area.

Senator Williams said Tweed Heads and Coolangatta R.S.L. Sub-branch has been awarded $14,658 through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.

He said grants under the programme help fund salaries for trained advocates and pension staff, essential office supplies, computer equipment, internet access and other administrative needs.

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REVIEW INTO WORKING HOLIDAY MAKER ARRANGEMENTS

A review and public consultation will take place on all issues which surround the supply and remuneration conditions of labour performed by Working Holiday Maker visa holders.

The Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams says farmers and tourism operators have expressed strong opinions about the supply and taxation of working holiday visa holders, and the proposed 32.5 percent tax rate is seen by many as a disincentive for them to work.

Senator Williams said the 200,000 who come to Australia to pick fruit and vegetables and undertake rural and associated work must not have the door shut on them or the growers and farmers will suffer.

Read more: REVIEW INTO WORKING HOLIDAY MAKER ARRANGEMENTS

MY WORK WILL CONTINUE

I am pleased to say that today I have been re-elected to the Australian Senate following the July election.

Thank you to everyone for their support.

I am looking forward to spending the next three years working hard for the people of New South Wales.

John Williams

Senator for NSW. 

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