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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. 


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.


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.”


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


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

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


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Local seniors are the big winners as the Seniors Card program welcomes over 1,300 new businesses that have joined as part of a new business recruitment campaign.

The NSW Government is aiming to deliver more value for older people by increasing the number and geographic spread of businesses offering discounts to Seniors Card members.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the Government was committed to assisting older people with the cost of living and supporting them to stay active, healthy and socially connected.

“At the last election, we pledged to significantly increase the number of businesses in Seniors Card and I’m very pleased to say that we are delivering on that commitment,” Mr Grant said.

The business recruitment campaign has seen businesses ranging from lawyers and accountants to clothing stores, restaurants, fitness centres and electricians and plumbers join Seniors Card.

Members can get discounts of 10, 15, 25 and even 50 per cent off selected goods and services just by presenting their Card. 

“This is another example of how the NSW Government is making Seniors Card even bigger and better,” Mr Grant said.

“There are almost 1.5 million Seniors Card members in NSW and we know they prefer to shop with businesses that accept the Card, so it’s a great boost for business and for the community.”

The business recruitment campaign will run until mid-December and all NSW businesses are encouraged to join.

For more information about NSW Seniors Card, go to


Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant is encouraging local non-government organisations (NGO’s) working in the drug and alcohol sector to enter an expression of interest in the Government’s Early Intervention Innovation Fund that was recently announced by the Assistant Minister for Health, Pru Goward.

The Early Intervention Innovation Fund will provide $8 million over four years to build the evidence base for early intervention models to support people at risk with a particular focus on young people using drugs.

The Early Intervention Innovation Fund provides two funding pathways including:

  • The Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Evaluation Grants – focusing on building the evaluation capacity of NGOs to evaluate existing programs to build an evidence base and ultimately improve program delivery. Grants of $30,000 to $150,000 will be provided over two years.

  • The Alcohol and Drug Early Intervention Innovation Grants – which allows NGO’s and their partners, including the NSW health system, to drive new innovative approaches for the delivery of early intervention to vulnerable young people. Grants of $50,000 to $1 million over two years will be awarded.

Mr Grant said that it was a great opportunity for NGO’s in the area to develop new and innovative ideas to increase and improve early intervention services for young people in the community.

“I encourage NGO’s within the community to apply for these grants so we can reach out to young people in our community and prevent them from going down the path of addiction,”Mr Grant said.

“This fund is one component of the Government’s record investment in Drug & Alcohol services and shows our commitment to investing in evidence based services that will make a real impact in stopping drug abuse before it happens.”

Assistant Minister for Health Pru Goward said the Government is building a system that empowers non-government organisations to intervene earlier and work with our

young people to identify the early intervention services that they respond to in order to stop them from becoming addicted to drugs.

Expressions of interest for the grants will close on 28 November 2016.

Further information on the fund can be found at:


Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant welcomed a new Regional Development Framework which has been launched by the NSW Government to drive economic growth, business confidence and job creation across the area.


Mr Grant said the Regional Development Framework aims to grow regional business confidence, create jobs and encourage business investment.

“This framework is the first of its kind, providing an overall vision across government for regional development, building on previous regional plans and laying a positive platform for the future,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Government is committed to providing quality services, infrastructure and opportunities in the area, aligning efforts to support growing regional centres, and identifying and activating economic potential.

“This whole of government approach will ensure investments maximise the potential for growth and new jobs in each region including the Dubbo electorate.”

Actions under the framework include improved regional governance structures to facilitate regional development, building the evidence-base for investment in regional development, attracting investment and co-investment, and building the capabilities of the regional workforce.

Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro said the NSW Government has a strong record when it comes to delivering for regional areas committing more than $13 billion investment in our first term and a further $6 billion in our second term.

“Regional NSW is leading the nation on jobs growth with more than 56,5000 jobs created over the year to June 2016 and regional business confidence is running high,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The Regional Development Framework will help continue that positive trajectory by helping the Government identify further opportunities that can make a real difference to regional communities.”

A copy of the Regional Development Framework is available at


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant today welcomed a $46 million NSW Liberals & Nationals Government program to boost student learning through better technology in regional and remote public schools.

“All 34 schools in the Dubbo electorate will share in the Connecting Country Schools program which will upgrade schools’ Wi-Fi access and internet capacity,” Mr Grant said.

“Digital technology is vital to student learning in a modern education system. This upgrade will allow for wireless speeds four times faster than currently available.

“High-quality internet capacity is increasingly important for effective learning in today’s classrooms, where digital resources are a vital component of education.

“To ensure schools make best use of their upgraded wireless and internet capability, they will be required to make an application and consult with their school community to identify how they intend to use the technology to improve teaching and learning.”

Mr Grant said not only would this increased technological capacity benefit students, it will promote even more innovative classroom practices among teachers.

“There is a learning gap between rural and metropolitan students which needs to be addressed. Country students deserve educational infrastructure that is as good as their city cousins,” Mr Grant said.

The Connecting Country Schools program will invest up to $46 million to boost wireless access and internet capacity in up to 13,000 learning spaces in around 900 regional schools.

Connecting Country Schools builds on the achievements made since 2013 under the NSW Government’s $80 million Rural and Remote Education Blueprint. The Blueprint used the benefits of technology to establish Aurora College, Australia’s first virtual selective high school giving country students access to specialist subjects and opportunities not available at their local school.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Public schools across the Dubbo electorate will benefit from a share of the record $219 million in additional needs-based funding in 2017, made possible by NSW signing the Gonski agreement.

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant said in 2017 local public schools will receive an additional $4,816,348 in needs-based funding.

“The NSW Government is delivering on its commitment to deliver additional school funding based on student need,” Mr Grant said.

“These extra resources go directly to our Dubbo schools allowing principals to better meet the unique needs of their students and the school community.

“I have seen schools in the Dubbo electorate employ additional teachers with expertise to assist students who need extra support in key learning areas like literacy and numeracy.”

In NSW public schools, needs-based funding is distributed under the Resource Allocation Model (RAM), which uses information about student need to deliver resources where they are needed most, consistent with the Gonski recommendations.

Some examples of local needs-based funding allocations in the Dubbo electorate include:

  • Buninyong Public School will receive $1,394,893 an increase of $277,731 in 2016

  • Mudgee High School will receive $1,046,593 an increase of $286,594 in 2016

  • Wellington Public School will receive $1,122,308 an increase of $109,049 in 2016

  • Narromine Public School will receive $1,130,360 an increase of $ 205,077 in 2016.

Since 2014 public schools across NSW have received $504 million in extra funding helped by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government signing up to the Gonski agreement.

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