Dec 15, 2016

Temora residents can connect to free Wi-Fi at their local Department of Human Services Agent thanks to a new trial announced by the Nationals’ Member for Riverina, Michal McCormack.

Temora is one of four sites in New South Wales currently offering free Wi-Fi access to connect to Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services, and nearly 1000 government and community websites.

Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge said the trial is about making it easier for people living in regional and remote areas to access online support services.

 

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Dec 12, 2016

In the midst of the Christmas rush the Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack wants to remind volunteer groups across the Riverina and Central West not to forget to apply for grant funding through the 2016 Commonwealth Government Volunteer Grants program.

In recognition of the valuable role all of our local volunteers play, the Coalition Government has invested $10 million in the Volunteer Grants 2016 funding round. 

“We all know of the valuable role that volunteers and groups play in our local community, including helping at local sporting events, fundraising and assisting after an emergency or natural disaster,” Mr McCormack said. 

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Dec 09, 2016

Dollars from on-farm grain sales are set to land in farmers’ bank accounts a lot faster thanks to the success of Wagga Wagga entrepreneur Naomi Stuart. Naomi was this week named as one of ten founders of the SheStarts competitive start-up program that will see her receive $100,000 in pre-seed funding and take part in a business incubator program.

Naomi has earnt the praise and congratulations of Federal Small Business Minister and local Nationals’ MP Michael McCormack for her achievement this week as a result of her innovative tool that will better support and assist farmers to improve business efficiency and cash flow.

“I’m extremely proud of Naomi and her ability to harness technology ensuring farmers have the certainty of knowing that money is in the bank at the point of sale, meaning that farms continue to operate and their bills are paid on time,” Mr McCormack said.

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Dec 01, 2016

Farmers across the Riverina and Central West now have certainty for the coming harvest with the passage of the Backpacker Tax through the Parliament this week according to the Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack.

“I’ve been in Parliament for the past two weeks, standing up for the regions and representing the interests of those who rely on backpackers to harvest their crops and pick the fruit from the trees,” Mr McCormack said.

“I have fought alongside my Coalition colleagues to reduce the Backpacker Tax – so backpackers remain attracted to visiting our communities and so farmers have access to the necessary labour to help with their harvest.

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Dec 01, 2016

SUMMER and the so-called “silly season” can often see safety take a backseat but a simple one-stop-safety-shop for consumers is set to offer important product safety information for consumers this Christmas, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

The Government’s product safety reminders come as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launches its “Safe Summer” campaign.

“As Aussies turn our minds to toys, stocking stuffers and the all-important Christmas lunch, product and food safety is more important than ever which is why I am partnering with the ACCC to urge Australians to remain cautious and safe as Christmas and summer approach,” Mr McCormack said.

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Nov 30, 2016

Young is set to get a big bite of the NBN cherry according to the Nationals’ MP and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack, as part of the fixed line area of the National Broadband Network (NBN) goes live this week making superfast broadband available to more than 2700 homes and businesses, meaning those in the northern part of the town can begin ordering their NBN service from a retail service provider this week and the remaining premises will be connected in early January 2017.

“This is great news for those residents and small business operators of Young 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 bush.

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Nov 30, 2016

Residents, landholders and travellers throughout the Riverina and Central West will benefit from improved mobile phone coverage with four new mobile base stations to be delivered under round 2 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, the Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack announced today.

“I’m so pleased to announce that these new towers will provide improved coverage for the rural and regional communities near Temora, Trungley Hall and Wyangala,” Mr McCormack said.

“As we continue to connect more and more by mobile phone it’s so important that residents, farmers, small businesses and travellers have the ability to connect, communicate and get on with their lives without the delays and inconvenience of having no mobile phone coverage.

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Nov 30, 2016

SMALL Business Minister Michael McCormack today announced the appointment of Professor Gary Banks AO as the part-time Chairperson and member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) for a five-year term.

ASAC is established under the authority of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975 to advise the responsible Minister and the Australian Statistician on current and longer-term statistical issues and priorities.

Mr McCormack said Professor Banks takes the helm of ASAC with impressive experience in Government and private sector advisory roles.

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Nov 30, 2016

TODAY’S passage of legislation to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) will restore confidence and stability on Australian worksites and among small business and deliver on yet another key election commitment from the Coalition Government, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

“There are hundreds of thousands of jobs across Australia in the building and construction sector – with countless subcontractors who run their own small businesses and employ hundreds of thousands of Australians,” Mr McCormack said.

“Australia’s construction sector has more than 340,000 small businesses and around 97 per cent of the construction sector businesses are small.

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Nov 28, 2016

Forbes’ famous H E Silos took a starring role at the NSW Business Chamber Awards, taking out the business of the year award and earning the congratulations of Federal Small Business Minister and local Nationals’ MP Michael McCormack.

Located in the Central West, H E Silos began as a general engineering Australian-owned family business, constructing silos in both Forbes and Gunnedah, having now grown to become an agricultural specialist and excelled at the 2016 NSW Business Chamber Awards in Sydney last week.

“I’m proud H E Silos, a family enterprise in the Central West, out of almost 15,000 small businesses in our electorate is excelling above its weight and getting gongs like it did last week. It helps boost local business confidence and provides the recognition this business deserves,” Mr McCormack said.

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