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NSW ENERGY SWITCH COULD SAVE HOUSEHOLDS $1000 A YEAR

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


In what will be a major shakeup for electricity market, NSW households can now quickly change electricity deals with Service NSW’s free Energy Switch service, potentially saving them up to $1000 a year on their bills.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today announced the new cost of living initiative and encouraged the residents of the electorate to test out the new quick and easy price comparison and switching tool.

“Energy Switch is a game changer for NSW households trying to reduce cost of living pressure. There are a lot of Government price comparison websites – but this takes things to the next level. It empowers citizens by enabling them a change electricity providers and lock in a better deal with the click of a mouse or a quick chat with Service NSW.” Mr Grant said.

"Energy Switch uses a customer’s latest e-bill to scan the entire retail electricity market, giving them a list of the cheapest three electricity plans available based on their individual usage profile. If a switch is requested, Service NSW will inform the energy provider, taking the leg work out of the process for the customer.

“We know power prices are a pinch point for many households which is why this service has been established to help reduce the cost of living.

“Cost of living is a big issue facing local families and this initiative could provide them with much needed bill relief."

Energy Switch will allow people to regularly review their plan as electricity usage and prices fluctuate over time.

Research carried out by Service NSW found 70 per cent of NSW households pay too much for electricity, particularly customers who haven’t switched for more than 12 months

Energy Switch is one a raft of NSW Government initiatives helping to ease cost of living pressure for households. Others include cheaper Green Slips and refunds, Active Kids vouchers, free car registration for regular toll users and the FuelCheck app.

To access Energy Switch visit https://energyswitch.service.nsw.gov.au/

ORANA MID-WESTERN TO BENEFIT FROM ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW COPS

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Orana Mid-Western Police District will be one of 58 commands across NSW to receive a Child Protection Officer and an Elder Abuse Prevention Officer.

Member for Dubbo and Minister for Police Troy Grant was on hand on Tuesday to announce that 1500 new police will be added to the NSW Police Force over the next four years – the biggest increase in 30 years.

Mr Grant said protecting some of the most vulnerable members of our community – our children and the elderly – is undoubtedly one of the most important roles that NSW Police perform.

“The 1500 extra police will benefit every single community across NSW including Dubbo, thanks to a record investment of $583 million by the Liberals & Nationals Government,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Government has already delivered more than 1000 new police since we were elected, and these 1500 new recruits will put more police where they are needed – out on the frontline, tackling crime across the state.

“NSW has some of the lowest crime rates in 20 years, and with this boost to police numbers, our men and women in blue will be able to meet future crime challenges head on.

“To ensure police have greater capability to keep a watchful eye on known offenders against children, and ensure our elderly are better protected from abuse, all commands across NSW will receive a Child Protection Officer and Elder Abuse Prevention Officer.”

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the safety and security of NSW communities is the Government’s highest priority.

“NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has provided the Government with a resourcing blueprint for the NSW Police Force that focuses on proactive and high visibility policing,” said Ms Berejiklian.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s careful economic management is enabling us to make record investments in our frontline services. These 1,500 new police are another example of our hard work paying off for the community.”

NSW Commissioner of Police Mick Fuller said this commitment to the New South Wales Police Force is historic.

“I am very excited at the opportunities we’ll now have to enhance our capability,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“We have re-engineered the organisation to ensure our structure has us well placed to prevent, disrupt and respond to crime throughout the community.

“Now we can also grow the Force to boost our efforts even further.”

President of the Police Association of NSW Tony King said this investment in police numbers will undoubtedly help ease the burden and strain on current officers.

“I am thrilled the Government has listened and worked with us to deliver the biggest increase in police numbers in more than three decades,” said Mr King.

FAMILIES TO BENEFIT FROM TRESILLIAN CARE CENTRE

Friday, November 16, 2018

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has welcomed the arrival of a Tresillian Family Care Centre in Dubbo.

Mr Grant was part of a delegation that officially opened the facility, which is the result of a joint partnership been Tresillian, the NSW Government and the Western NSW Local Health District and will focus on supporting local parents struggling with the demands of a new baby.

“We are pleased to partner with the Tresillian to open a new Family Care Centre in  Dubbo,” Mr Grant said.

“This important initiative is aligned with the NSW Rural Health Plan which emphasises the need for service development in maternal, child and family healthcare in rural and regional areas. 

“Earlier this year, the NSW Government announced $2.2 million in funding for five new regional Tresillian Centres, including Dubbo.”

The arrival of Tresillian in the city will alleviate the need for parents to travel to access vital support with their babies and toddlers.

“At the moment, many parents experiencing complex issues such as mental health, have to travel vast distances to access specialist services but the opening of this facility in Dubbo means families will now be able to receive specialist support closer to home,” Tresillian CEO Robert Mills said.

“The presence of Tresillian’s specialist child and family health expertise, in Dubbo and surrounding communities will also enhance the capacity of the Western NSW rural health workforce with professional development and clinical support.”

Tresillian is Australia’s largest early parenting organisation offering an array of programs to help parents with the challenges often experienced in the critical early years of their child’s life, while importantly focusing on the emotional wellbeing of the family as a whole.

“The new Centre will be a hub providing specialist child and family health services to families across Western NSW LHD,” said Western NSW LHD chief executive Scott McLachlan.

“The services available to families will include centre-based and home-based consultations, group programs and importantly video-consultations which will extend the reach of the service to provide access to families across the local health district.”

MULTICULTURAL GRANT PROGRAM OPEN

Friday, November 09, 2018

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams have announced $300,000 in grant funding is available for multicultural projects in NSW.

The Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity Projects grants program particularly supports projects that demonstrate collaborative relationships and partnerships between the private sector and community and non-government organisations.

“There are so many dedicated organisations in our local community that devote endless time, passion and energy into supporting our multicultural community,” Mr Grant said.

“These grants will support programs, activities and networks in our local community to develop and thrive, especially where service gaps or unmet community needs exist.

“I encourage all eligible local community organisations to consider applying for the Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity Projects Grants.”

Mr Williams said grants of up to $40,000 were available for meaningful 12-month projects.

“These grants are available to all eligible organisations and will have positive long-term effects in our community,” Mr Williams said.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government works hard to deliver great outcomes for diverse communities all over NSW. I especially encourage regional and new and emerging communities to apply for this program.”

Multicultural NSW project-based grants have previously supported youth engagement and empowerment programs, refugee and asylum seeker projects and volunteering programs.

Applications are now open and will close 5pm, Friday 14 December 2018.

For more information about Multicultural NSW Celebrating Diversity grants, see: https://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/grants/about_grants/


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