Rural Affairs


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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…


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.