Christmas present for holidaymakers with full access to upgraded Newell Highway

A major upgrade to 27 kilometres of the Newell Highway between Mungle Back Creek and Boggabilla in Northern New South Wales near the Queensland border has opened to traffic – months ahead of schedule.

03 December 2020

Media release

Extending battery back-up for regional and remote phone towers

Mobile phone towers will be able to keep operating longer if the power goes out during or after natural disasters, thanks to a major new investment by the Morrison McCormack Government.

01 December 2020

Media release

Transcript - 2VM Radio Interview
Subject: Inland Rail project.

27 November 2020

Interview

Inland Rail breaks ground on Narrabri to North Star

Progress on the Australian Government Inland Rail project continues, with the second section of the 1,700 kilometre Melbourne to Brisbane freight line between Narrabri and North Star (N2NS) now under construction.

27 November 2020

Media release

Inland Rail partnership to leave water legacy

Inland Rail will deliver enduring water benefits in Gilgandra with an agreement signed today that will see the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) fund four additional bores across the Shire.

26 November 2020

Media release

Keynote Speech to Regional Development Australia, Orana
Subjects: COVID-19 impact on regional Australia, regional communications, rural health, skilled labour, taxation policies, regional tourism.

26 November 2020

Speech

18 November 2020

Speech

Next round of Mobile Black Spot Program now open

The Australian Government is continuing to expand and improve mobile coverage across regional and remote Australia, with Round 5A of the Mobile Black Spot Program now open for applications.

18 November 2020

Media release

Transcript - ABC Western Plains interview
Subjects: Mobile Black Spot Program - Round 5A

18 November 2020

Interview

National local government award winners announced

Councils across the nation have been recognised for their ingenuity in delivering programs to benefit their communities at this year’s National Awards for Local Government.

17 November 2020

Media release

Government welcomes partnership with new ALGA President

Federal Local Government Minister, Mark Coulton met with newly elected President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) Cr Linda Scott today, kicking off a fruitful partnership in joint delivery of critical infrastructure and…

17 November 2020

Media release

Transcript - Australian Local Government Association Roads Forum
Subjects: Australian Local Government Association, NBN, Drought, Road Infrastructure;

17 November 2020

Speech

Broadcasting Services Amendment Bill 2020

As Regional Communications Minister, I was pleased to this week speak on the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Regional Commercial Radio and Other Measures) Bill 2020.

13 November 2020

Speech

$693 million contract awarded for Inland Rail construction between Narrabri and North Star

The communities of North West NSW are another step closer to realising the transformational benefits of Inland Rail and hundreds of local jobs with joint-venture Trans4m Rail announced as the constructor for 171km of upgraded rail track between…

09 November 2020

Media release

Delivering on our commitment to bushfire-affected communities

The Nationals have welcomed the $8.3 million investment to boost the resilience of communications networks in bushfire-prone areas of regional Australia.

29 October 2020

Media release