Martin Heydon http://www.martinheydon.com/ Fine Gael TD - Kildare South Tue, 07 Feb 2023 11:54:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 http://www.martinheydon.com/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-newerfavicon-32x32.jpg Martin Heydon http://www.martinheydon.com/ 32 32 Heydon confirms €10m in active travel funding for Kildare http://www.martinheydon.com/2023/02/heydon-confirms-e10m-in-active-travel-funding-for-kildare/ Wed, 01 Feb 2023 18:04:56 +0000 http://www.martinheydon.com/?p=4721 Minister of State and TD for Kildare South Martin Heydon has confirmed almost €10m in funding has been allocated to Kildare to support active travel across the county. A total of 30 projects will receive funding including six Safe Route to School programmes. Minister Heydon said: “Active travel schemes bring significant benefits to local [...]

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Minister of State and TD for Kildare South Martin Heydon has confirmed almost €10m in funding has been allocated to Kildare to support active travel across the county.

A total of 30 projects will receive funding including six Safe Route to School programmes.

Minister Heydon said: “Active travel schemes bring significant benefits to local areas helping to connect communities and improve people’s quality of life. By investing in walkways and cycleways we create safe corridors for people to visit friends and family and get to local shops, schools, and amenities.

“The Programme for Government commits to furthering investment in active travel. Last year all of the money allocated to local authorities was drawn down and I am confident Kildare County Council will do the same this year.

“We have some excellent examples of active travel schemes here in Kildare and I look forward to seeing them develop further along with expanding infrastructure to more parts of the county.”

In total the National Transport Authority (NTA) has allocated a total of €290m to Ireland’s local authorities to invest in walking and cycling infrastructure in 2023.

Approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects will be funded including the development of segregated cycle lanes and widened footpaths, new walking and cycling bridges, and new pedestrian crossings.

 

Active Travel Investment Grants for Kildare County Council
Project name 2023 allocation
Maynooth North-South Corridor €                         90,000
Royal Canal Greenway (Maynooth – FCC Boundary) €                     3,000,000
Naas to Kill Active Travel Scheme  €                           10,000
Green Lane Active Travel Scheme €                         240,000
Naas to Sallins Greenway €                              5,000
Sallins Village Active Travel Scheme €                         140,000
Celbridge Road Active Travel Scheme €                           10,000
Kilcock Road Active Travel Scheme €                           20,000
Craddockstown Active Travel Scheme €                         160,000
Kilcullen Road Active Travel Scheme €                     2,675,000
Celbridge Active Travel Bridge €                         500,000
Active Travel Office – Staff Costs €                         700,000
R417 Athy Active Travel Scheme €                           60,000
Monread Road Active Travel Scheme €                           90,000
Dublin Road Active Travel Scheme €                         150,000
Cycle Parking €                         110,000
Leixlip to Maynooth Interim Cycle Scheme €                           10,000
Monasterevin Town Active Travel Scheme €                           15,000
Naas to Newbridge Inter-Urban Active Travel Scheme €                         100,000
Newbridge Road Active Travel Scheme €                         100,000
R445/R416 Newbridge Active Travel Scheme €                         100,000
Cycle Safety Improvements at Existing Signalised Junctions €                         800,000
Blessington Road Active Travel Scheme €                         500,000
Meadowbrook Active Travel Scheme €                         110,000
R418/R408 Maynooth Active Travel Scheme €                           10,000
SRTS Round 1 – Straffan National School €                           50,000
SRTS Round 1 – St. Brigid’s Primary School, Kildare Town €                           50,000
SRTS Round 1 – Holy Child National School, Ballycane €                           50,000
SRTS Round 2 – Patrician Primary/St. Conleth’s,
Newbridge
 €                           20,000
SRTS Round 2 – Scoil Bhríde/Scoil Phádraig, Clane €                           20,000
SRTS Round 2 – Scoil Mochua, Celbridge €                           20,000
Poplar Square, Naas – Active Travel Measures €                           50,000
Total: €9,965,000

 

 

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Visits Kildare in Advance of New Public Holiday in Honour of St. Brigid http://www.martinheydon.com/2023/01/taoiseach-leo-varadkar-visits-kildare-in-advance-of-new-public-holiday-in-honour-of-st-brigid/ Mon, 30 Jan 2023 11:51:21 +0000 http://www.martinheydon.com/?p=4748 At the invitation of Minister Martin Heydon, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited Kildare on Friday, to mark the first public holiday for St Brigid which will take place on the 6th of February.   Following the visit, Minister Martin Heydon said, “I was delighted that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar accepted my invitation to Kildare on Friday to formally [...]

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At the invitation of Minister Martin Heydon, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited Kildare on Friday, to mark the first public holiday for St Brigid which will take place on the 6th of February.

 

Following the visit, Minister Martin Heydon said, “I was delighted that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar accepted my invitation to Kildare on Friday to formally recognise the remarkable legacy of St Brigid in advance of the new public holiday in her honour which we have long campaigned for.”

 

“We visited Solas Bhríde, where An Taoiseach lit a special candle marking the ‘Pause for Peace’ initiative, a global call for peace spearheaded by Into Kildare and Solas Bhríde, which will be recognised in the Dáil and around the world at noon on St. Brigid’s Day this Wednesday.

 

“An Taoiseach planted an oak tree as a special reference to the symbol that gave our county its name, Cill Dara or ‘Church of the Oak” where St. Brigid built her church.

 

“Establishing this public holiday serves as a special chance to pay tribute to Brigid of Kildare, a strong woman who was known for promoting peace and as an advocate for justice. The new holiday on February 6th is also poised to bring a surge in tourism and a corresponding economic boost to Kildare and the entire country.

 

“Kildare town is lucky to be home to a wide range of wonderful local businesses. I was glad to bring An Taoiseach to some of the business people in the market square following our visit to St. Brigid’s Cathedral, one of Ireland’s most significant ecclesiastical sites.

 

“Finally, we visited the Newbridge Family Resource centre which plays a vital role in the community, offering a wide range of services for individuals and families from the cradle to the grave.

 

“We met Ellen Duggan, Brian McQuaid, Cllr. Peggy O’Dwyer and the team at the Newbridge Family Resource Centre who have an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of those in the community through the various programs and groups associated with the centre.

 

“I was glad to have An Taoiseach hear first-hand of the wonderful work undertaken in the centre and how impactful Government funding has been in carrying out these services for the community.”

 

“It was an honour to have An Taoiseach visit Kildare in the build up to the long campaigned for public holiday in honour of Brigid of Kildare.” concluded Minister Heydon.

 

 

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Kildare County Council to receive €807,328 from Community Recognition Fund http://www.martinheydon.com/2023/01/kildare-county-council-to-receive-e807328-from-community-recognition-fund/ Tue, 24 Jan 2023 11:48:14 +0000 http://www.martinheydon.com/?p=4745 Kildare South TD and Minister Martin Heydon has confirmed that Kildare County Council will be receiving €807,328 from the Community Recognition Fund, designed to specifically support communities across the country that have welcomed and are hosting families and citizens from Ukraine and other countries.   Minister Heydon said, “This €807,328 in funding allocated to Kildare [...]

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Kildare South TD and Minister Martin Heydon has confirmed that Kildare County Council will be receiving €807,328 from the Community Recognition Fund, designed to specifically support communities across the country that have welcomed and are hosting families and citizens from Ukraine and other countries.

 

Minister Heydon said, “This €807,328 in funding allocated to Kildare County Council from the Community Recognition Fund, announced by my colleague Minister Heather Humphreys, will be used to support a variety of initiatives that will be delivered in conjunction with community organisations Co. Kildare.

 

“The Fund aims to support the development of facilities that will be used in the future by all members of the community, including sports clubs, community organizations, transport infrastructure, and local groups in recognition of the vital role that a thriving community plays in overcoming the collective challenges from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

 

“Communities across Kildare have exhibited exceptional generosity in recent weeks, extending the open arms of hospitality and opening their homes and facilities to those fleeing war.

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“I would like to encourage community groups across Kildare to engage directly with Kildare County Council in the coming weeks to ensure that high quality projects can be delivered from this funding, benefitting our towns and villages for years to come.” Minister Heydon concluded.

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Martin Heydon TD for South Kildare to retain position as Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine http://www.martinheydon.com/2022/12/martin-heydon-td-for-south-kildare-to-retain-position-as-minister-of-state-in-the-department-of-agriculture-food-and-the-marine/ Thu, 22 Dec 2022 11:43:26 +0000 http://www.martinheydon.com/?p=4742 Martin Heydon, Fine Gael TD for Kildare South has been reappointed as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with Special Responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety and New Market Development by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.   Minister Heydon said "I am honoured to have been reappointed as Minister [...]

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Martin Heydon, Fine Gael TD for Kildare South has been reappointed as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with Special Responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety and New Market Development by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

 

Minister Heydon said “I am honoured to have been reappointed as Minister of State by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the people of Kildare South as their TD and as a Minister in Government.

 

“I will continue my work to secure investment and new jobs in South Kildare, advocating for policies that support the growth and success of existing businesses in our county and working to attract new businesses and investment to the area that serve to benefit our local economy.

 

“Increasing school places across the constituency is another key priority of mine. By advocating for new builds and expansion of existing facilities to address the issues of shortages in secondary school places in the Newbridge and Kildare areas, I hope to improve access for pupils across the county.

 

“In addition, I am committed to addressing traffic congestion by delivering the second bridge for Newbridge town and working to ensure the completion and opening of the Athy ring road. These projects will help to improve the flow of traffic and reduce congestion in the area, reducing commutes to work, school and to home.

 

“The Curragh Plains constitutes an important part of Kildare’s rich historical heritage and I hope to ensure that this areas long awaited conservation and management plan is finalised and implemented in the New Year.   I will also continue to assist Kildare County Board in getting the St. Conleth’s Park redevelopment works commenced, a project that will benefit all Gaa players and supporters in the county as well as businesses in Newbridge.

 

“I want to thank everyone who has supported me and given me this opportunity, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with all of you to make a positive impact in South Kildare.” Minister Heydon concluded.

 

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Minister Heydon confirms newly established Bus Route 897 from Athy to Kilkenny City http://www.martinheydon.com/2022/12/minister-heydon-confirms-newly-established-bus-route-897-from-athy-to-kilkenny-city/ Fri, 16 Dec 2022 11:40:34 +0000 http://www.martinheydon.com/?p=4739 Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon has announced that a new bus route between Athy to Kilkenny City, serving Carlow, will commence January 1st 2023. The route will be provided by TFI Local Link Carlow Kilkenny Wicklow through funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA).   Minister Heydon said: “Beginning in the [...]

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Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon has announced that a new bus route between Athy to Kilkenny City, serving Carlow, will commence January 1st 2023. The route will be provided by TFI Local Link Carlow Kilkenny Wicklow through funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA).

 

Minister Heydon said: “Beginning in the New Year, the 897 Bus Route from Athy to Kilkenny City will replace Route 817, which previously provided one daily round trip between the two areas at midday. The newly enhanced service will provide a passage through Kilkenny, Castlecomer, Carlow Town, Athy and areas including Moneenroe, Crettyard, Newtown Cross and Ballylynan.”

 

“As part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, a major national transport initiative developed and funded by the NTA, the route works towards increasing connectivity between towns and villages in Kildare and across the country.

 

“There has been a lot of interest in a bus route from these local villages to access Athy and Kilkenny for shopping, hospital appointments, social activities and onwards journeys. Today, I am glad to see that come to fruition, and I look forward to the impact further connectivity will have for local residents.” Minister Heydon concluded.

 

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Minister Heydon and Councillor Wyse confirm Robertstown eco-park project to receive funding of €500,000 from Town and Village Renewal Scheme http://www.martinheydon.com/2022/12/minister-heydon-and-councillor-wyse-confirm-robertstown-eco-park-project-to-receive-funding-of-e500000-from-town-and-village-renewal-scheme/ Tue, 13 Dec 2022 11:38:23 +0000 http://www.martinheydon.com/?p=4736 Minister Martin Heydon and Cllr. Brendan Wyse have confirmed that Robertstown has secured €500,000 under Minister Heather Humphreys’ Town and Village Renewal Scheme.   Minister Heydon said “In fantastic news today, Cllr. Brendan Wyse and I can confirm that our colleague Minister Heather Humphreys has allocated half a million euro to the village of Robertstown [...]

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Minister Martin Heydon and Cllr. Brendan Wyse have confirmed that Robertstown has secured €500,000 under Minister Heather Humphreys’ Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

 

Minister Heydon said “In fantastic news today, Cllr. Brendan Wyse and I can confirm that our colleague Minister Heather Humphreys has allocated half a million euro to the village of Robertstown for the development of community lands into an eco-park that will deliver a range of amenities for local people to use and to benefit from. The new park will also work as a great attraction for the tourists that will come following the Greenway in future, which will also be of excellent economic benefit to the area.”

 

Cllr. Brendan Wyse said “This site is actually right beside the route of the future Grand Canal Greenway, which is already on its way and is being built as far as Sallins. Tourists from Dublin, potentially all the way to Offaly will be coming through here and we’ll have an eco-park here right beside us which will benefit those tourists but also the people from the area. This will ensure that we’ll have natural play areas, playing services, a carpark, and boardwalks through this lovely wetland area here.

 

“The announcement from Minister Humphreys’ Department today means that money will now be in place to progress that project so we’re very happy here for the people in Robertstown.”

 

Minister Heydon continued “The initiative is part of Our Rural Future which aims to develop these kinds of amenities across Ireland and will see increased investment out to 2025 to provide Government investment and support in rural towns and villages, such as Robertstown, as hubs of economic and social activity.

“This funding today for the eco-park is fantastic news and is another example of us working together to continue the investment in Kildare South.” Minister Heydon concluded.

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Minister Heydon and Councillor Kelly confirm Portarlington community project to receive funding of €500,000 from Town and Village Renewal Scheme http://www.martinheydon.com/2022/12/minister-heydon-and-councillor-kelly-confirm-portarlington-community-project-to-receive-funding-of-e500000-from-town-and-village-renewal-scheme/ Tue, 13 Dec 2022 11:36:24 +0000 http://www.martinheydon.com/?p=4732 Minister Martin Heydon, Fine Gael TD for the Portarlington area and Laois Cllr. PJ Kelly have confirmed that Portarlington has secured €500,000 for a new community development under Minister Heather Humphreys’ Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Minister Heydon said “Cllr. PJ Kelly and I can confirm that our colleague Minister Heather Humphreys has allocated [...]

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Minister Martin Heydon, Fine Gael TD for the Portarlington area and Laois Cllr. PJ Kelly have confirmed that Portarlington has secured €500,000 for a new community development under Minister Heather Humphreys’ Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

Minister Heydon said “Cllr. PJ Kelly and I can confirm that our colleague Minister Heather Humphreys has allocated half a million euro to Portarlington for the development of a community park, plaza and event space.

“The initiative is part of Our Rural Future funding which aims to develop these kinds of amenities across Ireland and will see increased investment out to 2025 to provide Government investment and support in towns and villages, such as Portarlington, as hubs of economic and social activity.

“This funding today is fantastic news and acts as another example of us working together to continue investment for towns and communities across the constituency.

Cllr. PJ Kelly said “This exciting new development will work as an amenity for locals in the town and a great attraction for the tourists who will provide excellent economic benefit to the area.”

Minister Heydon continued “This welcome announcement from Minister Humphreys’ Department means that money will now be in place to progress this project. Building on the €1.1m allocation for the Market Square in Portarlington, this investment will have a significantly positive impact on the town, businesses and its residents.

“ I look forward to the impact this significant investment in Portarlington will have on the local community in years to come.” Minister Heydon concluded.

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Five Kildare Schools included in new Safe Routes to School Programme http://www.martinheydon.com/2022/12/five-kildare-schools-included-in-new-safe-routes-to-school-programme/ Mon, 12 Dec 2022 13:27:25 +0000 http://www.martinheydon.com/?p=4713 Five Kildare Schools including two in Newbridge have been included as part the safe routes to school programme. Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon has said. Round 2 of the successful programme was confirmed by Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD  and the national Transport Authority today [...]

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Five Kildare Schools including two in Newbridge have been included as part the safe routes to school programme. Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon has said. Round 2 of the successful programme was confirmed by Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD  and the national Transport Authority today (Monday).

“The Safe Routes to School Programme aims to create safer walking and cycling routes within communities, alleviate congestion at the school gates and increase the number of students who walk or cycle to school by providing improvements to walking and cycling facilities.

Under this programme 5 additional Kildare schools in Newbridge, Clane, and Celbridge will soon benefit from safer infrastructure which will allow them to walk, cycle and scoot to school every day. The launch of the second round of the programme today will see over 37,000 students across Ireland benefit from safer infrastructure and encourage them to cycle, walk and wheel to school.

“In June 2021 5 Kildare schools were included in round 1 of the programme.  These school communities have been working with Kildare County council on the rollout of the scheme in Monasterevin, Kildare town, Straffan, Naas and Maynooth.  Now, having secured the additional funding as part of Budget 2023, it is great to see the programme continue to go from strength to strength.

“Our ambition is that every child in Ireland will have the option to make their daily commute to the classroom by foot, bicycle or scooter in a way that they are safe and protected; one that I am confident is shared amongst children, their parents, teachers and the wider school community in Kildare”, concluded Minister Heydon.

Full Details of 5 Kildare Schools included in Round 2

Kildare Schools in Round 2
Patrician Primary School, Chapel Lane, Newbridge
St Conleths infant School, Naas Rd, Newbridge
Scoil Bhride, Prosperous Road, Clane
Scoil Phádraig, Clane
Scoil Mochua, Aghards Road, Celbridge

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Kildare GAA clubs encouraged to apply for funding to Enhance Walking Tracks http://www.martinheydon.com/2022/12/kildare-gaa-clubs-encouraged-to-apply-for-funding-to-enhance-walking-tracks/ Fri, 09 Dec 2022 18:40:56 +0000 http://www.martinheydon.com/?p=4709 A once-off funding opportunity from Healthy Ireland is designed to make community walking tracks located on GAA grounds in Kildare more accessible to more people, Kildare South TD and Minister Martin Heydon has said.   Minister Heydon was speaking in relation to funding of €800,000 which will be focused on enhancing existing walking tracks [...]

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A once-off funding opportunity from Healthy Ireland is designed to make community walking tracks located on GAA grounds in Kildare more accessible to more people, Kildare South TD and Minister Martin Heydon has said.

 

Minister Heydon was speaking in relation to funding of €800,000 which will be focused on enhancing existing walking tracks on GAA grounds to ensure they are more accessible to those with mobility issues, older persons, and wheelchair users.

Minister Heydon said: “This announcement from my Fine Gael colleague and Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan, will encourage people to utilise the fantastic facilities right on their doorstep. I encourage all GAA clubs in Kildare with existing walking tracks to take advantage of this funding opportunity.

“Our GAA clubs are at the heart of the locality and generate a real sense of community spirit here in Kildare. The grants available will allow for the upgrading or installation of lighting, designed to prolong the hours of usage which will prove essential during this cold and dark winter for those who would still like to get their training in.

“The funding will be determined via a competitive application process and is open to all GAA, LGFA, and Camogie clubs in Kildare with an existing walking track.

“As a proud Kildare GAA supporter, I look forward to the impact this will have in our local communities as the appetite for safe secure walking spaces continues to grow.  Accessibility and safety are at the core of this upgrade and underpins the work being conducted by Healthy Ireland. Fine Gael is committed to delivering stronger, safer communities across Ireland and this funding will ensure that local Kildare communities will have access to safe facilities, and will reap the consequent health and wellbeing benefits,” concluded Minister Heydon.

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€2.5m Sound and Vision funding a vital lifeline to local radio http://www.martinheydon.com/2022/12/e2-5m-sound-and-vision-funding-a-vital-lifeline-to-local-radio/ Thu, 01 Dec 2022 11:34:56 +0000 http://www.martinheydon.com/?p=4698 Additional funding is to be made available to the broadcasting sector before the end of the year, news which has been welcomed by Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon.   Minister Heydon explained: “€2.5 million additional funding has been allocated for commercial radio through the Sound and Vision scheme, which is operated [...]

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Additional funding is to be made available to the broadcasting sector before the end of the year, news which has been welcomed by Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon.

 

Minister Heydon explained: “€2.5 million additional funding has been allocated for commercial radio through the Sound and Vision scheme, which is operated by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). This is welcome news for the independent broadcasting sector, which has faced serious challenges, particularly in the past couple of years, suffering significant losses to advertising revenues.

 

“The Sound and Vision Scheme has both supported important public service content for the Irish public as well as making a real and significant contribution to meeting the costs of producing content for the radio sector. The additional €2.5m funding is to be provided before the end of the year and will be rolled out through the BAI in 2023. The value of this funding is greater than the full year cost of the levy for the commercial radio sector.

 

I know that this news will provide a lifeline to local radio stations in particular, including our own station Kfm in Kildare and Midlands 103. This is only fitting as these very same stations provided a lifeline to so many during the pandemic, providing news, entertainment, comfort, and support to listeners on a daily basis.

 

“I also welcome news that the Minister intends to ask the BAI to engage with the sector with a view to understanding the dynamics of the current economic environment and its impacts on the sector. The BAI will be asked to report back to her within 100 days. This is an important step and one that must be backed up with robust and independent data.

 

“The Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill provides for a scheme to enable local broadcasters to avail of grant funding to provide training or professional development for persons employed by these stations or providing services to the broadcaster in relation to promoting good professional journalistic practices. Reducing the broadcast levy is not the only way to support the sector – but it’s vital that we quickly establish the true scale of how the current economic environment has impacted this sector if we are to chart the best path forward”, concluded Minister Heydon.

 

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