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HOTLINE TO HELP WAR ON GRAFFITI VANDALS

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is urging people to report sightings of graffiti to the NSW Government’s new free state-wide hotline.

“Until now there has been no single number to notify authorities about graffiti, which has caused confusion and delays in removal,’’ Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Graffiti Hotline will make it easier to report graffiti in NSW, which will result in faster clean ups.”

The hotline (free call 1800 707 125) opened on March 1 and will operate from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Every Local Government area in NSW has established an email address to receive referrals from the Graffiti Hotline and police will also be given the data.  

“Anyone can phone the hotline to report graffiti in NSW and callers can remain anonymous if they are concerned for their privacy and safety,” Mr Grant said.

“After receiving a report, hotline operators will send the information to the Government agency or local council responsible for cleaning it up.”

Mr Grant ridiculed the notion that taggers and others who deface property without permission were “artists”.

“They might like to think of themselves as artists, but they are really vandals who show no respect for other people’s property, Mr Grant said.

Mr Grant said the hotline delivered on an election promise and would form a key part of the NSW Government’s strategy to reduce the impact of graffiti on local communities.

The O’Farrell Government has also funded clean-up squads run by Rotary and other community groups and is working with local councils on reducing graffiti.

“Each year, graffiti attacks cost the state more than $100 million, and State Rail alone spends more than $50 million alone cleaning up trains,’’ Mr Grant said.

“This is money the Government would prefer to be spending on our schools, libraries and roads.

"Graffiti is a scourge on our community and the cause of great anger for people who take pride in their surroundings, ’’ Mr Grant said

The Graffiti Hotline will also help authorities focus on locations that most often under attack.

“Information gathered from the hotline will help police respond to graffiti and assist in the development of innovative programs to prevent this crime,” Mr Grant said.

 “By getting rid of this unsightly rubbish quickly, we hope to discourage vandals by denying them the notoriety they crave.

“It will also help build community pride and reduce fear of crime.”

GRANT URGES CAUTION WITH OPTIONS FOR APOLLO ESTATE

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is not persuaded by the strength of the arguments in favour of dismantling Dubbo's Apollo Estate.

Mr Grant expressed hesitation at moves to scatter social housing residents throughout the Dubbo community in the absence of a comprehensive analysis of the likely benefits and disadvantaged of adopting such an approach.

"Dubbo Mayor Mathew Dickerson is entitled to his view of the Apollo Estate but the issue is a complex one that does not readily lend itself to a close comparison with events at the Gordon Estate in the past," said Mr Grant.

"I don't share the Mayor's enthusiasm for dismantling the Apollo Estate prior to a detailed examination taking place.

"It's worth remembering that not everyone was in favour of the breakup of the Gordon Estate. That decision was made to bring an end to the multitude of problems existing in that area of town.

"It has often proven easier to control an issue within a limited geographic area, there is a lot of thought that needs to go into this. Its fate should not be determined in response to a knee jerk reaction."

 

 

TRUNDLE STUDENTS BUSY PLANTING AND PRUNING THANKS TO MINE GRANTS

Friday, September 23, 2011

Trundle Central School has received $1,000 from local operator Northparkes Mines to develop unique environmental projects.

The EnviroSmart grant will help teachers and their students develop projects which, while on a much smaller scale, are based on the environmental management plans in place at all NSW mining operations.

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant and NSW Minerals Council Deputy CEO Sue-Ern Tan visited Trundle Central School yesterday to congratulate the students and teachers.

"The EnviroSmart program inspires school children to think about the environment and look after their local school grounds," Mr Grant said.
"Five other schools were awarded grants in the Dubbo electorate including Holy Family Primary School, Parkes High School, Parkes East Public School, Middleton Public School and Parkes Christian School.
"Trundle Central School will use the grant to construct organic no-dig garden areas for students to study recycling, composting, worm farming, crop rotation and water saving techniques, as well as growing produce.

Mr Grant said he was impressed by the work the school was doing to challenge students to think carefully about the impact they have on their local environment.
"The students took pride in showing me their garden which was full of delicious looking veggies. Small project like this go a long way in minimising our impact on the environment for everyone's benefit," Mr Grant said.

MP OPENS FOOD DESTINATION

Friday, September 23, 2011
Dubbo's newest food destination will be officially opened by the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today.
The $3.2 million Whylandra Street development, named Urban Village, demonstrates a renewed vote of confidence in West Dubbo, Mr Grant said.

"I very much welcome the investment that the complex will bring to Dubbo and I'm sure it will give others the confidence to invest here," Mr Grant said.
"New developments like this strengthen the community through creating new jobs. I'm pleased to learn that 90 locals have been employed with the potential for 140 jobs when all the stores are leased; in today's challenging economic climate this is great news."

The new complex developed by John Nixon includes Oporto, Pizza Capers, Subway and Dubbo's second Rose Garden Thai Restaurant.

"This will give travellers passing through Dubbo somewhere else to stop, provide them with varied food options and may even encourage them to spend the night in town.
"West Dubbo is moving from strength to strength. The Woolworths has been open for a while now, the West Side Hotel has recently been refurbished and there is a new doctor's surgery being built."
Urban Village Dubbo has been four years in the planning.

NARROMINE SQUASH COURT LIGHTING UPGRADE COMPLETE

Friday, September 23, 2011


Squash enthusiasts in Narromine are enjoying the benefits of a NSW Government grant that was used to replace defunct lighting at the local squash centre.

The $5,000 grant was secured under the Community Building Partnership program when the former Member for Dubbo was in office.

Mr Grant said he was delighted to visit the Narromine Squash Club and see firsthand how the money was used.

"The squash club in Narromine was built towards the end of the 1960's, the lighting system was in disrepair and well in need of an upgrade. The grant was made available to the club, they applied and were successful," Mr Grant said.

"As a squash player I know the importance that a centre like this brings to a small community. The Narromine Square Club is invaluable to the community as it provides a social avenue for people in rural communities.

"Facilities like these are integral to small communities as they assist in their social fabric, I congratulate the Narromine Squash Club for the work they do to encouraging healthy lifestyles."




SYDNEY PROPERTY DEVELOPERS TOUR DUBBO

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A group of 15 Sydney-based property developers are on a two-day tour of potential residential developments in Mudgee and Dubbo this week as part of a NSW Government-backed initiative to boost the construction of new homes in the Orana region.
The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the tour was initiated in response to increased demand for new residential developments in the region.

“Both Mudgee and Dubbo have a thriving or emerging mining industry, resulting in a growing need for more housing for employees and their families,” Mr Grant said.

“NSW Trade and Investment has partnered with the Mid-Western Regional Council and Dubbo City Council to showcase the range of development opportunities on offer.

“I’m pleased to say that a number of metro-based property developers have taken up our invitation to explore the opportunities available in Mudgee and Dubbo.

“In each area the developers will view the available land and representatives from both councils will be available to answer questions from the tour participants.”

Mr Grant said that any development deals resulting from the tour would benefit the region’s small businesses and local construction industry.

“This tour has the potential to become a real boom for the Orana region’s construction industry. Additional housing will also help the local mining industry to attract skilled employees to the area," said Mr Grant.

“The NSW Government’s Regional Relocation Grant will also act as an added incentive to entice people to move to the Orana region. The grant offers a $7,000 incentive to people who sell their home in Sydney and move to a regional NSW community.

“The grant, together with our policies which will ensure that regions get their fair share of jobs growth and infrastructure spending, will play an important role in getting the NSW economy moving again.

“This is just one of a number of measures the NSW Government is implementing to attract more people, growth and investment into regional areas.”

The tour visited Mudgee on Tuesday 20th September and then Dubbo on Wednesday 21st September.

The Property Developers Tour was organised by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Trade and Investment. For more information on the department’s programs, visit www.business.nsw.gov.au/region

TROY GRANT SUPPORTS ABORIGINAL REPRESENTATION ON LOCAL COUNCILS

Monday, September 19, 2011
Aboriginal people can make a much greater impact on resolution of local issues by becoming involved in Local Government; the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said yesterday when he spoke at the Local Government Aboriginal Network Conference in Dubbo.

Mr Grant- who represented the NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell at the conference- said an elected Aboriginal councillor can become the source of change in relations between the Aboriginal community and the local council.
"Consider this point, at most council elections in NSW, the percentage of Aboriginal candidates and councillors is less than two per cent across the state, less than the proportion of the state’s Aboriginal population," Mr Grant said.
"I encourage more Aboriginal people to consider a role in local government, and for the Local Government network to play a role in making this become a reality."

Mr Grant said we cannot overestimate the benefits of having Aboriginal people in local government.
"Especially with regard to the issues of heritage and culture, which as you know are critical to all Aboriginal communities. Irreparable damage can be controlled by the council, either as the approval body under planning law for new developments or as the body doing the works. The important thing is that councils take Aboriginal heritage into account as early on as possible."

Mr Grant said the Planning Minister has instructed all councils making new plans to conduct an Aboriginal heritage study first.

"Councils are also developing their own Aboriginal heritage plans that document the Aboriginal heritage study and set a clear process for Aboriginal community consultation and how Aboriginal heritage fits in with other council plans," Mr Grant said.

TROY GRANT GIVES FUNDING COMMITMENT TO COOKAMIDGERA COMMUNITY

Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has given a commitment to secure the appropriate funding needed for flood mitigation projects in the village of Cookamidgera, near Parkes, which has suffered from periodic flooding for several years.

Mr Grant met with Cookamidgera residents at a community meeting at the village hall recently, after the Cookamidgera Landcare group contacted Mr Grant with their concerns.

"The residents of Cookamidgera have been subject to repeated flood events for many years. The December 2010 floods were particularly damaging, causing substantial damage to the village streets and local homes," Mr Grant said.

"There have been many unsuccessful attempts by the Cookamidgera Community and Landcare Inc to obtain funding for identified mitigation work. Some of the work that needs to be carried out is the construction of a levee bank, cleaning out of Bartley's Creek as well as minor works to improve flooding in Haynes and Flagstone Street.

"During my visit to Cookamidgera I was made aware of the heartache, financial loss and stress that community members have endured as a result of the floods. It therefore gives me great pleasure to be able to help this small but vibrant community in my electorate."

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