Rural Affairs

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The big Inland Rail questions answered

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack answers NSW Farmers’ questions on the Inland Rail.

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Grassroots approach to farm insurance

SPONSORED: Mackenna Powell has invested years into helping farmers safeguard their livelihood. “It’s the best thing I ever did,” she says.

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We all want an inland rail network. But does it need to cut through 300 farms?

It’s a once-in-a-generation project that will revitalise rural Australia – so why are landowners so upset? The Farmer investigates why the existing rail corridor is being bypassed.

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We’d love to farm – so give us a break

Purchasing a first home is hard enough for most Australians, but for prospective young farmers, it’s virtually impossible. It’s time to give the new generation some tax relief.

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Challenges of living in a mobile black spot

Want to get in touch with NSW Farmers’ Rural Affairs Committee chair Sonia O’Keefe? It’s pretty complicated – as she’s stuck in a mobile phone black spot. And in this day and age, it’s just not good enough.

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Drought affected farmers: We'll get through it

With 99% of the state covered by one of the three drought categories, farmers are doing all they can to protect livelihoods by putting into practice all they’ve learned from past dry times.

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Coleambally community is strong

Farmers have big hearts. Locals from Coleambally and Darlington Point in the NSW Riverina are pulling together to raise much-needed funds.

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Sky-high prices for regional flights

A high-level Senate inquiry is examining the soaring costs and poor provision of air travel to rural, regional and remote communities. But there may not be a simple solution, as our investigation finds.

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Solving the Blue Mountains roadblock

Agricultural development in the west of the state depends on better transport – or even digging a tunnel – through the 
Blue Mountains. Surely 40 sets of traffic lights is just too much…

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From scones to medical marijuana

Baking scones, legalising medicinal marijuana and campaigning for drought all in a day’s work for the Country Women’s Association, Australia’s most powerful female lobbying group.