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CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY IN THE DUBBO ELECTORATE

Friday, December 09, 2016

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today announced that 12 projects across the Dubbo electorate have been successful in a funding under the NSW Government’s 2016 Community Building Partnership (CBP) program.

The NSW Government has committed funds to new community infrastructure projects that will enhance much needed local facilities.

“This grassroots funding will directly benefit our community and will deliver new infrastructure community groups, and will help pay for much-needed improvements to sporting facilities and community infrastructure,” said Mr Grant.

I congratulate all those organisations that were successful in their application and look forward to watching each project progress.”

The successful groups in the Dubbo electorate for 2016 are:

  • The Hear our Heart Ear Bus project, receiving $50,000 to fitout their new bus
  • Narromine Turf Club, receiving $3,000 to fix up the finishing post   
  • Gulgong Little Athletics, receiving $2,500 to purchase a lifesaving defibrillator
  • Mid-Western Council, receiving $20,000 to upgrade the canteen at Billy Dunn Oval
  • The Cooyal Parents Association, receiving $15,000 to build a playground
  • Dubbo Athletics Club, receiving $2,500 to purchase a defibrillator
  • Rotary Club of Narromine, receiving $4,000 to relocate the historic bridge to the wetlands
  • Glen Willow Sports Complex Mudgee, receiving $13,000 to upgrade lighting
  • Mudgee High School, receiving $20,000 to resurface their basketball court
  • Narromine Shire Council, receiving $20,000 to upgrade Tom Perry Park
  • Gulgong Tennis Club, receiving $30,000 to upgrade the tennis courts, and
  • Gulgong Showground Trust, receiving $20,000 to complete an electrical upgrade

Further details of the program and all successful grants funded for the 2016 program can be found at www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au.  

YOUNG REGIONAL $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM NOW OPEN

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Artists and arts workers aged 18-25 years in the Dubbo electorate are being urged to apply for a $10,000 Young Regional Artist Scholarship (YRAS) to help reach their career goals.

Member for Dubbo and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the YRAS program will invest in 100 scholarships to the value of $1 million in total over four years, and hopes to see the initiative unearth talent in the area.

“This scholarship program provides an enormous leg-up to talented youth who are dedicated to their art and want to connect with renowned art organisations and training opportunities,” Mr Grant said.

“This program is fostering the next generation of regional artists and helping them to develop their career path.

“Our region is renowned for artistic talent and I encourage our young artists to apply for this career-changing opportunity.”

Mr Grant said he designed the scholarship program to cover all art forms to help young regional artists develop their careers through skill development opportunities.


“This program gives young regional NSW artists and arts and cultural workers the opportunity to pursue a self-directed professional development program and meet leaders in their art form,” Mr Grant said.


“I have been blown away by the achievements of the YRAS Alumni to date and I look forward to further talent being uncovered through this NSW Government program.”

Local artists and arts workers can apply from any art form, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen and the visual arts to apply for this terrific opportunity.

The scholarships are available to fund activities including mentorships or internships, residencies, short-term courses and workshops, travel and the creation of new work.

For the purpose of this scholarship, regional NSW is defined as Local Government Areas outside the metropolitan and metropolitan fringe of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.


Round Two of the NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships for 2016-17 is open until Monday, 20 February 2017.


For more on the application process, assessment and eligability criteria, go to www.arts.nsw.gov.au or email arts.funding@arts.nsw.gov.au

NEW FLEET TO DELIVER JOBS BOOST FOR REGIONAL NSW

Monday, December 05, 2016

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to re-invest $300 million in savings from an order for new trains for the Sydney train network into the new country fleet.

The contract for the new XPT fleet will also set a target for 100 per cent assembly in NSW, with a preference towards regional NSW, meaning more jobs for regional areas.

The target means that tenderers for the new fleet will be actively competing to offer the best possible deal for regional NSW. This will include assembling significant components in the regions, as well as stabling and maintaining the trains in regional NSW.

 

Earlier this year, the NSW Government announced that it would commit a further $50 million to speed up the delivery of new XPT trains, which would see the procurement process kicking off in the first half of next year- two years earlier than promised.

“It’s fantastic that a faster, modern, comfortable train fleet is on the way for rail passengers in the bush but it’s even better that there’s been a commitment to assemble large parts of these new trains in the areas where they will be used,” Mr Grant said.

“NSW is the best performing economy in the country but we know much of the activity is happening in Sydney. We need to make sure that people in regional areas are reaping the economic benefits too.

“Rail passengers in the bush deserve modern, comfortable trains that require less maintenance and are more reliable,” Mr Grant said.

 

“Boosting jobs and skills in regional NSW is a huge priority for the NSW Government and this is another example of our commitment to the cause,” Mr Grant said.

 

The new fleet will replace the 60 XPT passenger cars currently operating on the NSW TrainLink network, taking customers between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Dubbo, and going through regional towns including Bathurst, Orange, Taree, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Casino, Goulburn and Albury.


Opportunities to replace more than 50 XPLORER and Endeavour trains that serve other key regional destinations like Armidale, Moree, Griffith, Broken Hill, Canberra, the Hunter and South Coast (between Kiama and Bomaderry), will also be investigated as part of the work.

 

It is expected that the new XPT trains will be on the tracks by the early 2020s. 

DUBBO LOCAL WINS SPORTING SPIRIT VOLUNTEER AWARD

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Volunteers are the backbone of regional communities; importantly so when it comes to sporting volunteers as without sporting volunteers we simply couldn’t play sport.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has congratulated Dubbo local Scot Watmore of the South Dubbo Wanderers Football Club for winning the Orana Region Sporting Spirit Volunteers Award.

“Scot Watmore has been an active volunteer for the past fourteen years, invests countless hours each week supporting young players of the club and is an outstanding mentor and community member,” Mr Grant said.

“Scot has also held numerous positions on the committee including secretary and is a fantastic advocate for increasing participation rates in the sport and promoting club membership.”

“I congratulate Scot on receiving this award, an award well deserved highlighting his passion for the community and the sport.” said Mr Grant

Mr Grant said we all rely on the hard work and dedication by people like Scot Watmore, and all those in the community who volunteer their time so we can enjoy our weekend sport.

The Office of Sport’s Western Region Sporting Spirit Volunteer Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of our regions sporting volunteers in time for International Volunteers Day.

Held annually on 5 December International Volunteers Day is a day for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts and to showcase the difference they make in our communities.

Mr Grant extends his thanks and appreciation for all volunteers in our communities. 

Road upgrade completed on Fairydale and Salesyards lanes

Monday, November 28, 2016

Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, today announced the completion of works on a project to upgrade Fairydale and Saleyards Lanes, which will support future housing growth and improved connectivity in Mudgee.


“I am excited that the NSW Government has been able to support these important road works through $2.6 million in funding under the Restart NSW Cobbora Transition Fund program,” Mr Grant said.


“These works will not only support a quality road network and increase road safety for local residents, but will also assist local businesses as the population of the area continues to grow.


“Expanded housing options in the region are also expected to make it easier for workers in non-mining industries to afford to live in the area.


“The Restart NSW program is a great example of how the Government is committed to supporting regional communities by enabling the delivery of more jobs and business opportunities, and improving the way of life for locals.”


The road upgrade, which is being delivered by Mid-Western Regional Council, was proposed to enable housing development to occur in Mudgee, as the area grows rapid as a result of current and future mining activity.


Upgrades on this project have included:

  • widening and resurfacing of the existing road;
  • realignment of a 130-metre section on Fairydale Lane;
  • drainage works;
  • construction of a shared-use pathway for cyclists and pedestrians on Fairydale Lane; and
  • a pedestrian pathway on Saleyards Lane.

The NSW Government's $20 million Restart NSW Cobbora Transition Fund was established to create infrastructure that drives economic growth and productivity in the region.

The fund recognises the impact that land acquisition and other activities associated with the Cobbora Coal Project have had on local communities.

$287,000 FOR GULGONG’S HOLTERMANN MUSEUM

Monday, November 28, 2016

Gulgong’s Holtermann Museum is set to be expanded with a $287,000 grant from the NSW Government, Minister for the Arts and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant announced today.


The grant will go towards building a multi-purpose building, an exhibition room with office space, visitor reception, research area and courtyard that will cater for a variety of activities and be used by locals and tourists of all ages.


The funding has been secured through the NSW Government’s ClubGRANTS Category 3 scheme for arts and culture infrastructure and will also involve restoration of the rear wall of the main historic building.


Mr Grant said the funding will greatly benefit the region with the multi-purpose building to be used as a small theatre, a venue for workshops or exhibitions and include storage facilities.


“I’m proud the NSW Government has awarded funding for this project that has been a labour of love for so many who have fundraised and dedicated their time to preserving our local heritage,” Mr Grant said.


“This injection of funding is an investment in our community’s cultural, social and economic future.”


Mr Grant said as Minister for the Arts he was proud of the NSW Government’s record to provide opportunities for regional NSW to access a diverse range of locally driven art and culture.


“Gulgong Holtermann Museum will be a place that the community can be proud of and be used for many activities including screenings, meetings and exhibitions,” Mr Grant said.


“The NSW Government understands how important enhancing local facilities is to meet the needs of thriving regional communities.

 

“Art and culture is crucial to local communities and the NSW Government is investing in facilities to boost this vibrant and important sector.”

The Gulgong Holtermann Museum Incorporated applied for $278,000 for its $323,718 project. 

NO MORE EXCUSES - ADVOS NOW IN PLAIN ENGLISH

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has welcomed the announcement that new Plain English Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO) will roll out statewide on 3 December so perpetrators have no excuses for not understanding the orders.

 

“These new ADVOs use clear and simple language so there is no excuse for a domestic violence perpetrator to breach an order,” Mr Grant said.

 

“We have removed all the complex legal jargon and spelled out a defendant’s obligations in Plain English, so they can no longer claim they didn’t understand the meaning or consequences of the ADVO.”

 

“The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research found that one in five ADVOs are breached, and the NSW Government is making it clear – any breach is an unacceptable risk.

 

“The new ADVOs are designed to put a stop to violence, intimidation and harassment through a clear explanation of what a perpetrator can and cannot do under the order.”

 

The new ADVO is also being translated into 29 different languages to assist people whose first language is not English.

 

In addition, the penalties for breaching an order, including up to two years in prison, have been moved to the top of the document so it’s now the first thing perpetrators see.

 

Chief Executive Officer of White Ribbon Australia Libby Davies welcomed the introduction of Plain English ADVOs as a critical step to strengthen the safety of women.

 

ADVOs are powerful tools but must be easily accessible and understood to ensure they are effective. We commend the NSW Government on this initiative,” Ms Davies said.

In addition, the NSW Government’s recent changes to ADVOs means final ADVO applications can be determined even if the victim doesn’t come to court, they will protect a victim’s current partner if they are being harassed by the victim’s ex-partner, and will stop self-represented defendants from personally cross-examining child witnesses during ADVO applications.

$1000 GRANTS TO SUPPORT LOCAL DV COMMITTEES

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today welcomed a NSW Government grant of $1000 to three local Domestic Violence Committees in the area, as part of the 2016 Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants which supports projects that raise awareness about domestic and family violence.

Mr Grant said that the grant provides assistance to the invaluable work of the Dubbo Violence Prevention Collective, Narromine Domestic Violence Committee and the Forbes Domestic Violence Committee.

 

“These grants helps raise awareness about the devastating impact of domestic and family violence, reinforces messages about positive behaviors and increases awareness of services available in the Dubbo, Narromine and Forbes communities.”  Mr Grant said.

 

The Dubbo and Narromine Domestic Violence Committees will use their funds to promote the Men’s White Ribbon Poster and High Heel Run. The Forbes Domestic Violence Committee will continue with their Love Bites program in the lead up to White Ribbon Day.

 

“These projects are being supported as part of local initiatives to coincide with 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which commences with White Ribbon Day on Friday 25 November and runs until 10 December.” Mr Grant said.

 

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said, “The NSW Government is proud to support the work of domestic and family violence committees in promoting the importance of domestic and family violence prevention in local communities.”

 

“The NSW Government is leading the nation in tackling domestic violence by continuing to support victims while putting perpetrators in the centre of the frame.”

NEW CAMPAIGN SET TO BOOST EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A new campaign has been launched aimed at boosting the employment of people with disability in the Dubbo electorate.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today welcome the launch of the 2016 Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign which seeks to mobilise and inspire people with disability, and the broader community, by highlighting the career successes of people with disability. The theme for the 2016 campaign is “I can, I am.”

“One of the NSW Government’s priorities is to increase employment opportunities for people with disability and assist them in realising their potential,” Mr Grant said.

“This year’s campaign aims to change the community’s mindset and, ultimately, boost the employment of people with disability.

“I would encourage everyone in our community to engage with and spread the important messages of this campaign.”

This year’s Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign brings to life the employment stories of four people in film.

The videos provide an inside view to their individual experiences in the workplace and about the work that inspires them. They illustrate that no matter what the circumstances, with the right support, a person with disability can be the right person for the job.

The 2016 Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign runs from 21 November until 11 December 2016, and is timed to celebrate International Day of People with Disability on 3 December 2016.

Boosting employment of people with disability and making NSW more inclusive are key priorities of the landmark NSW Disability Inclusion Act and the innovative NSW Disability Inclusion Plan.

To learn more about the campaign and current events or find out about your employment options as a job seeker or an employer, please visit www.dontdismyability.com.au

COMMUNITY ENCOURAGED TO NOMINATE FOR 2017 NSW WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today said the search has begun for outstanding women to be recognised, with the nominations for the sixth annual 2017 NSW Women of the Year awards now open at www.women.nsw.gov.au.

Mr Grant said he is calling on the Dubbo electorate to nominate extraordinary women from all walks of life, who deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements.

“Every NSW community is made up of women who stand out with their remarkably inspiring success stories,” Mr Grant said.

“The Women of the Year Awards are a chance for the NSW Government and the community to officially recognise the phenomenal contribution they make.”

Mr Grant said six categories are open for nominations to honour the significant achievements of women.

“Nominations are open for the prestigious NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year, A.H. Beard’s Community Hero Award, Rex’s Regional Woman of the Year, Harvey Norman’s Young Woman of the Year Award, Aboriginal Woman of the Year and a new category, Business Woman of the Year, which all celebrate the excellent achievements of women from across NSW.”

Winners will join an honour-roll of inspirational alumni, including mining engineer and burns survivor Turia Pitt, leading scientist Dr Cathy Foley, domestic violence survivor and founder of the Beauty Bank Jen Armstrong and migrant communities advocate Faten el Dana.

Mr Grant said now is the time to nominate an impressive woman you know.

“Don’t miss out on acknowledging a remarkable woman from our community. Entries close on January 10, 2017 – so start nominating!”

Minister for Women Pru Goward, said “nominations for the Awards never fail to remind us that many women are making a difference to the lives of people around them, in their communities and across NSW. They are achieving incredible things.”

A ceremony announcing the 2017 winners will be held on International Women's Day on March 8, 2017 with the Hon Mike Baird, Premier of NSW. Nomination can be made online at www.women.nsw.gov.au


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