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Endorsed: Leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro congratulates Andrew Schier. As a local farmer and father, he knows the people, he knows the issues.

Endorsed: Leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro congratulates Andrew Schier. As a local farmer and father, he knows the people, he knows the issues.

Nationals announce Barwon candidate for the 2019 election

A meeting of the Barwon Electorate Council of the NSW Nationals on Saturday, April 7 endorsed Gilgandra resident Andrew Schier as The Nationals candidate for the 2019 election.

I congratulate Mr Schier on his endorsement; he is a superb candidate for the job.

Andrew is well respected in the Gilgandra community. As a local farmer and father, he knows the people, he knows the issues and he’s got the right sort of fight in him to stand up for us in Macquarie Street.

New transport fund to help drought affected farmers

A new Drought Transport Fund announced today by the NSW Government will help farmers manage livestock through dry conditions. The NSW Drought Transport Fund will provide up to $20,000 in low interest loans, with a two-year interest and repayment free period.

These measures form part of the wider NSW Drought Strategy, which includes a rural resilience program, rural support workers and financial counselling, and the Farm Innovation Fund for on-farm drought preparedness work and capital improvement.

More information on the NSW Drought Transport Fund and application details are available from www.droughthub.nsw.gov.au.

Safework NSW awards for 2018 welcomes nominations

The SafeWork NSW awards for 2018 are now open for nominations.

The awards recognise individuals and organisations which have shown exceptional commitment to health, safety and return-to-work practices/

These awards give us an opportunity to recognise workplaces in our Barwon electorate that are putting their employees first, and setting a great example for other organisations

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who has improved safety in their workplace through innovation, forward thinking and positive change to be recognised.

New 40km/hr rule to protect our emergency service workers and volunteers

I welcome the NSW Government’s decision to introduce a new road rule requiring motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing emergency service workers and volunteers attending to road incidents.

The 40km/hr rule will provide extra protection for our emergency service personnel who put their lives on the line.

The new rule will begin as a 12 month trial from 1 September 2018 following a comprehensive public education campaign.

Funding available for disability advocacy group

I welcome the announcement that up to $26 million is available for disability advocacy services until 2020.

The funding will support people with disability to access these services during the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and in the early stages of full Scheme.

A key focus of the NSW funding will be on activities that support inclusion of people with disability in their communities.

Liverpool range wind farm brings jobs to locals

The Liverpool Range Wind Farm in Coolah is set to deliver 800 new jobs and significantly boost the local economy.

The $643 million wind farm will generate almost one gigawatt of power, enough to power nearly 500,000 homes, and supports NSW’s plan to reduce greenhouse gases.

This is fantastic news for local people and the local economy because of the extra money flowing through local towns.