Jan 23, 2017

Rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is now complete in Young and been welcomed by the Nationals' MP and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack. Five thousand premises can now access the NBN as both fixed line and wireless services go live this week making superfast broadband available to both homes and businesses.

"Residents and small businesses in Young can now take full advantage of the opportunities available in Australia's new high-speed broadband era and this is great news for education, health and businesses in our region," Mr McCormack said.

Young is now connected to the NBN using both fixed line and wireless technology. Depending on location, premises can now connect to the fixed line service which offers speeds of up to 100 Mbps and fixed wireless technology is available to those outside of the town centre, offering wholesale download speeds of up to 50 Mbps, more than twice as fast as ADSL2+ services experienced in metropolitan areas.

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Jan 23, 2017

Residents of Cowra and the surrounding area are set to enter the internet fast lane according to the Nationals’ MP and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack, as the whole town is now fully live with both fixed line and wireless National Broadband Network (NBN), making superfast broadband available to almost 5000 homes and businesses.

“This is great news for those residents and small business operators in Cowra who can now take full advantage of the opportunities available in Australia’s new high-speed broadband era,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Coalition Government’s NBN will boost productivity and provide a platform for innovation to ensure the economic and social benefits of the internet are available to everyone regardless of whether they live in the city or the regional areas of the country.

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Jan 20, 2017

• Specific funding for investment ready projects in regional, rural and remote Australia.
• Funding will be available across two streams – infrastructure projects and community investments.
• Information session scheduled in Dubbo on 31 January and Wagga Wagga on 2 February 2017.

Community groups and local councils are encourage to apply for funding under the Building Better Regions Fund, which is available for community and infrastructure projects in the Riverina and Central West.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the fund is dedicated purely as an investment in opportunities across rural, regional and remote Australia.

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Jan 18, 2017

CONFIDENCE among Australia’s small and medium enterprises has lifted eight points – to a net balance of plus 46 – in the latest Sensis Business Index (December 2016), confirming the bright future for business, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

“Today’s report shows small business confidence has surged and is now sitting at a six-year high, confirmed by small businesses themselves,” Mr McCormack said.

“It confirms the anecdotal evidence I have heard from small businesses over the shop counters, on the farms and in the workshops across Australia. It is clear Australians value the vital role local small businesses play in creating local jobs and providing essential services, and more and more we see small business in the box seat to deliver those jobs and services into the future.”

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Jan 10, 2017

SMALL business payment terms, times and practices are in the spotlight thanks to an inquiry of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

“In the six months I have been Australia’s Small Business Minister, I have travelled the country listening to the concerns, ideas and feedback from as many small businesses as I can,” Mr McCormack said.

“It’s clear small business owners and operators have concerns with payment terms, times and practices, which is why I applaud the Ombudsman on her inquiry.”

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Dec 24, 2016

It’s often said that birthdays, weddings and funerals are the only opportunity that families and friends get to come together to catch up and be in each other’s company. It seems somewhat strange then that each year all around the world on or around the 25th December we gather to be together with our loved ones for Christmas, to eat and drink, laugh and cry about the year that’s been and what’s to come, often forgetting the reason as to why we do.

In the midst of the Christmas rush, the shopping bonanza, end of school and work, the Christmas parties and get-togethers we are easily distracted from the main event, the humble birth of an infant in a stable in Bethlehem, more than 2000 years ago. As our lives become more hectic may we never forget that the birth of Jesus Christ is the reason for this joyous season.

Whatever you choose to do to celebrate Christmas and the holiday period, whether it be by having a BBQ at Lake Forbes, catching up with mates under the verandahs in Lockhart, picking cherries in Young for the Christmas pav, riding the 5 o’clock wave at Wagga Wagga beach or stopping for a break on the Newell in West Wyalong, I pray that everyone in the Riverina and Central West drives to the conditions, takes plenty of breaks, protects themselves from the sun and heat and is water wise when playing in and around pools, rivers, creeks and dams.

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Dec 19, 2016

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack has welcomed the news that grant money will soon flow to those primary producers across the Central West affected by the devastating floods from earlier this year.

Additional disaster assistance was announced on 19 December 2016 by the Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and the New South Wales Acting Minister for Justice and Police David Elliot.

The assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

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Dec 19, 2016

Caretakers and locals have welcomed an extra set of eyes that will help to keep watch over the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre in Forbes, now that a funding agreement has been executed to deliver two solar powered closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for the town.

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack today announced that as part of Round Two of the Coalition Government’s Safer Streets Program two CCTV cameras would soon be installed at the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre.

Mr McCormack said $13,600.00 in funding has been authorised under Safer Streets Round Two for use by Forbes Shire Council.

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Dec 18, 2016

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack today announced the winner of the 2016 Riverina electorate colouring competition.

The theme for this year’s competition was “Christmas in the Riverina and Central West” and Mr McCormack said that this year’s competition was one of his toughest to judge yet, with close to 1000 entries from across the width and breadth of the newly formed electorate.

“The entries received this year were outstanding which made my task to pick a winner a tough but a very fun one,” Mr McCormack said.

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Dec 15, 2016

Police and security agencies will soon have more than an extra set of eyes on the streets of Temora, now that a funding agreement has been executed to deliver 16 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for the town.

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack today announced that as part of Round Two of the Coalition Government’s Safer Streets Program 10 CCTV cameras would soon be installed in Temora’s central business district and six CCTV cameras at Lake Centenary.

Mr McCormack said $40,970.00 in funding has been authorised under Safer Streets Round Two for use by Temora Shire Council.

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