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NSW GOVERNMENT TAKING ACTION TO REDUCE RATES OF RURAL CRIME IN THE CENTRAL WEST

Monday, October 17, 2016

The NSW Government is encouraging communities to report instances of rural crime to the police, as it works towards lowering crime rates in regional NSW.

To mark the beginning of Rural Crime Week, Minister for Police and Justice and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant was joined by Western Region Commander and NSW Police Corporate Sponsor for Rural Crime, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, to emphasise the importance of reporting crime to the police.

“The NSW Government is taking practical steps to reduce rates of rural crime, and Rural Crime Week serves as a timely reminder to people across regional NSW that all crimes in the bush should be reported to police. Even the smallest piece of information can help,” Mr Grant said.

“To ensure that rural and regional areas get the targeted policing they need, I have advocated strongly for and secured the introduction of a Deputy Commissioner for Regional NSW. It is clear that the crime trends in the bush differ greatly to those in the city.

“The crimes we see in our region – including the theft of livestock, produce and equipment, illegal shooting and trespassing – cost communities millions of dollars each year and have a significant impact on the livelihood of our farmers.

The NSW Government has also received the recommendations of the Bradshaw Review into rural crime. Further steps to strengthen NSW Police’s ability to reduce rural crime will be announced shortly.

For more information about rural crime prevention strategies, please visit: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/crime_prevention/rural_crime

If you have any information about a rural crime, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

 For more support services available to farmers or rural residents, please visit: https://www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/Facts---Information/Rural-Mental-Health/Rural-Mental-Health

COMPETITION: DESIGN THE STATE MEMBER’S 2016 CHRISTMAS CARD

Monday, October 17, 2016

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant is running his successful Christmas card competition again this year and is now calling on all primary school students from across the electorate to take part.

“I encourage primary school students across the Dubbo electorate to submit an entry in this year’s competition, the winning design will take pride of place on the front of my 2016 Christmas card which is sent to hundreds of people and organisations across NSW,” said Mr Grant

“I have run this competition every year since my election in 2011 and have seen it grow in popularity each year. This competition gives children in our communities the chance to showcase their creativity and talents.

“The theme this year is ‘Christmas in your community’.

Entry is open to all Primary School students who reside in the Dubbo electorate, which includes the Local Government Areas of Narromine, Dubbo Regional and Mid-Western Regional Councils.

This year Mr Grant is putting up some prize money, the winning entry will receive a $200 Voucher to store of the students choice, 2nd place will receive a $100 Voucher with $50 voucher for 3rd place. The winning entry will also be posted on Troy’s Facebook Page and website.

All entries must be A4 in size and be able to be reproduced, no cotton, glitter or anything stuck to the page. Entries must not be folded and the artist’s name, age and school should be clearly marked on the back of each entry.

Entries must be received no later than 5pm Friday 25th November 2016.

Entries should be sent or delivered to:

Troy Grant MP

Member for Dubbo

18 Talbragar St

(PO Box 1327)

Dubbo NSW 2830

BOOST IN QUALITY TEACHING FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Deputy Premier and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said that local schools and students will benefit from the NSW Government’s new Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020.

 

Mr Grant said the $340 million investment in quality teaching by the NSW Government will help to ensure students have the essential literacy and numeracy skills they need to succeed at school and later in life.

 

“The skills of reading, writing and numeracy are crucial – particularly in the first few years of school. Everything a student achieves in school depends on a solid foundation in these skills,” Mr Grant said.

 

The NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy will focus on areas including:

 

  • Increasing our focus on early intervention, with experts supporting the literacy and numeracy skills of at-risk Kindergarten to Year 2 students in nearly 700 schools;
  • Evidence-based literacy and numeracy progressions that map student learning from Kindergarten to Year 10;
  • A ‘Best Start’ Year 7 literacy and numeracy assessment on entry to high school, to identify students needing additional assistance and plan the support they need to succeed; and
  • Ensuring graduating primary and secondary teachers are better prepared to teach literacy and numeracy by strengthening initial teacher education programs.

 

The following local schools are set to benefit from targeted assistance:

 

Ballimore Public School

Buninyong Public School

Dubbo North Public School

Dubbo South Public School

Dubbo West Public School

Euchareena Public School

Eumungerie Public School

Goolma Public School

Gulgong Public School

Hargraves Public School

Lue Public School

Mumbil Public School

Narromine Christian School

Narromine Public School

St John's School

St Laurence's Primary School

St Mary's Catholic School

Stuart Town Public School

Trangie Central School

Wellington Public School

Wongarbon Public School

 

 

“The support is targeted at helping those schools which face additional challenges to ensure students are on track for success,” Mr Grant said.

 

“The initiative will help students of all abilities to develop better literacy and numeracy skills which continue to be so important to success in work and future studies.

 

“Parents can expect more regular information about their children’s progress, and teachers will be better able to identify areas needing improvement.”

 

“I look forward to seeing checking in with staff and students to see this massive investment of funds being put to good use in our local schools as I travel across the electorate in the weeks and months ahead” said Mr Grant.

For further information on the strategy: www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/about-us/literacy-numeracy/literacy-and-numeracy-strategy-summary.pdf or contact the Dubbo Electorate office.

DUBBO CADET FIRE FIGHTERS GRADUATE

Friday, September 23, 2016

Students from Dubbo College (Delroy Campus) and Macquarie Anglican Grammar School have been congratulated today at two separate presentations for their successful completion of the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Secondary School Cadet Program.

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant and NSW RFS Executive Director Bronwyn Jones praised the 36 students who completed the program, noting it is the ideal way to introduce young people to the important role volunteer fire fighters play within communities.

"These cadets have completed a 10 week course that has given them skills which will last a lifetime,” Mr Grant said.

“As well as examining fire behaviour, the students have been taught essential fire safety techniques and gained an appreciation of the work our emergency services do every day in this State.

"The cadet program also offers students the opportunity to experience firsthand the commitment and camaraderie that comes with volunteering.

“This is the fourth time that Dubbo College (Delroy Campus) has offered the NSW RFS Secondary School Cadet Program to its students, with 23 students graduating this year.”

A second presentation was later held at Macquarie Anglican Grammar School where Ms Jones said it was great to see genuine enthusiasm for this important community based program.

“Macquarie Anglican Grammar School has now run this program for the fourth year and it is pleasing to see another 13 students graduating today,” Ms Jones said.

“In addition to our NSW RFS members, I would also like to extend a special thanks to the Principals, teachers and staff from these schools for helping to make the program such a success.”

Ms Jones also paid tribute to the staff and volunteers from the Orana Team who facilitated the course.

"NSW RFS members thoroughly enjoy working closely with schools and communities to ensure that everyone is as well prepared as possible for the very real threat of fire. Firefighters cannot do it alone,” Ms Jones said.

FAMILIES WIN WITH PRESCHOOL FUNDING BOOST

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant has welcomed an additional $115 million in funding to make early childhood education more affordable for local families and reduce fees by an average of 30 per cent.

 

Mr Grant said the NSW Government is committed to providing universal access to quality early childhood education. This funding will reduce preschool fees for four and five year olds and remove nearly all fees for children from Aboriginal and low-income families at preschool.

 

“This is fantastic news for local families with young children,” Mr Grant said.

 

“This funding boost will deliver the largest single fee reduction in NSW history, making preschool more affordable so that more children will be able to participate in 600 hours – or about 15 hours per week – of early childhood education in community preschools and long day care centres in the year before they start school.

 

“I know the preschools here in the Dubbo electorate make a big difference to the lives of our children.

 

“This funding boost shows the NSW Government is serious about helping more families access early childhood education, especially for children from Aboriginal or low-income backgrounds.”

 

Starting in 2017, community preschools across the State who enrol children for at least 600 hours in the year before school will receive increased subsidies from the NSW Government, enabling them to reduce fees for families.

 

“Research shows that a quality preschool education for at least 600 hours gives children a head start in their learning journey,” said Mr Grant.

 

“We want all children in NSW to enjoy the benefits of a quality early education, wherever they live and whatever their background,” he said.

MOBILE DEVICES FOR REGIONAL COPS ON THE BEAT

Friday, September 02, 2016

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant has announced the roll out of 12 mobile tablet devices for frontline officers in the Orana LAC, which will simplify the process of issuing infringements and allowing officers mobile access to police systems.

Already 900 devices from the Mobile Policing Program have been delivered to Local Area Commands across NSW as part of the NSW Government’s ‘Policing for Tomorrow’ fund and now another 1300 will be rolled out statewide.

In 2016-17, $36 million was allocated towards programs like this one as part of a $100 million commitment over four years.

Local Area Commands in metropolitan Sydney will receive 500 devices, while 800 tablets will be delivered to regional areas in northern, southern and western NSW.

Mr Grant said this will make a huge difference for regional policing.

“These devices simplify the process of issuing infringements so officers don’t have to return to the station meaning they spend more time out on the beat,” Mr Grant said.

“It will be of particular benefit to officers in country areas who travel long distances to return to their station to complete administrative tasks.

“The rollout of these devices will mean increased flexibility and less paperwork for frontline police.”

Officers will be able to issue infringements electronically via email or mobile text message rather than having to return to their station.

In addition the NSW Police database is being overhauled with funding allocated to modernise the computerised operational policing system (COPS).

COPS is vital to the day to day operations of the force including logging criminal incidents, gathering intelligence and issuing infringements.

The system is more than 20 years old and until 2011 was a text-only data entry and retrieval system. It is now moving to a web-based interface ‘WebCOPS’ which will improve usability.

“The new mobile devices being rolled out will be able to access webCOPS which will allow for more efficiency and synchronicity,” Mr Grant said.

“Officers in the field will have access to more operationally relevant information and it will eliminate the duplication of data entry.”

The devices will be rolled out over the next few months.

SCHOOL SAFETY BOOST FOR DUBBO ELECTORATE

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the area will share in a $5 million program to install school zone flashing lights where schools have multiple busy entrances, and have higher road safety risks.

The Dubbo electorate will see additional flashing lights installed to improve road safety for children travelling to and from school.

Schools in the electorate that will receive an additional set of flashing lights are:

  • St Mary’s Primary School Dubbo
  • Mudgee Public School
  • Wellington Public School

“This will build on the NSW Government’s initial rollout which ensured all eligible schools across NSW had at least one set of flashing lights,” Mr Grant said.

“Children are some of our most vulnerable road users, and we know school zone flashing lights are an effective way of warning drivers and riders to slow down to improve safety.

“It’s great that this Government took the initiative to identify the most high risk schools to ensure they benefit from this extra level of protection.”

All eligible schools with multiple busy entrances were consulted in the process of selecting school zones for this program.

The new locations for school zone flashing lights were selected by a risk assessment model which takes into account a number of factors including approach speed, pedestrian numbers, traffic volumes, and heavy vehicle traffic volumes.

Flashing lights are funded through the Community Road Safety Fund, where all speed and red light camera fines go directly towards vital road safety programs.

School zones are enforced on government gazetted school days to ensure operation dates and times are consistent and easy to follow.

HOUSEHOLDS TO SAVE ON ENERGY BILLS

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant is urging eligible households to apply for NSW Government Home Energy Action appliance program discounts to replace inefficient TVs and fridges.

The 40 and 50 per cent discounts for low income households are expected to save households an average of $140 a year on their energy bills.

 “This program will help 20,000 low income households lower their living costs,” Mr Grant said.

“Replacing power hungry TVs and fridges is an easy way to lower your energy bills.

“Replacing an inefficient fridge will save a household up to $200 a year on its energy bill. Replacing an inefficient TV will also save a household up to $125 a year on its energy bill.”

Eligible households must be:

  • A NSW resident; and
  • Hold either a valid Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card or Low Income Health Care Card from Centrelink or a Gold Card from Veterans’ Affairs.

The fridge being replaced is six years or older and the TV being replaced must be a plasma or cathode ray tube (CRT) TV.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the scheme could also reduce about 11,500 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, which was like taking more than 2,800 cars off the road, if 20,000 households each used the subsidy to replace one appliance.

“Low income households are the most vulnerable to rising energy costs. That’s why this scheme is designed to reduce the high upfront costs for these households to replace inefficient fridges and TVs,” Mr Speakman said.

“The scheme is expected to save enough electricity to power more than 1,800 average NSW households a year.”

The NSW Government is also working with leading community service organisations namely Anglicare, Baptist Care, Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre, Kildonan Uniting Care, Metro Assist, Northern Rivers Community Gateway and Good Shepherd Microfinance to ensure their energy hardship clients can easily access the offer, particularly those most in need across regional and remote NSW.

The offer is available until the $4 million program budget is exhausted. To apply for a subsidy, visit http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/households/appliance-replacement-offer.htm.

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL SPORT AND RECREATION PROJECTS

Friday, August 19, 2016
Community groups, sports clubs and councils are encouraged to apply for up to a million dollars to help them deliver an important sports infrastructure project for their communities.

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant is inviting local community groups, sports clubs and councils to apply for grants between $500,000 and $1 million for new or upgraded sport and recreation infrastructure projects.

Mr Grant said these grants are being made available under the NSW Government’s 2016/17 ClubGRANTS program for projects providing modern and safe community facilities for people to take part in sport and recreation and improve fitness and well-being.

“I encourage all eligible groups to consider submitting an application for a project that will make a real difference to the electorate,” Mr Grant said.

“Over this term of government, around $50 million in ClubGRANTS will be provided to local communities across NSW to support three categories of infrastructure: sport and recreation, arts and culture and emergency relief facilities.”

Mr Grant said sport and sports clubs are a crucial part of any community and the NSW Government is proud to be able help improve facilities that are relied upon by so many.

“Sport and recreation is part of our state’s social fabric and the NSW Government is committed to investing in facilities for our communities to enjoy for generations to come,” Mr Grant said.

An applicant information pack is now available on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website www.liquorandgaming.justice.nsw.gov.au with expressions of interest closing on Friday 16 September 2016.

Applications will be assessed by the independent ClubGRANTS fund committee and approved applicants will then be invited to lodge formal applications. Successful projects will be announced in 2017.

NEW FIRE TRUCK HITS THE ROADS IN WELLINGTON

Friday, August 05, 2016

Fire protection and emergency response across the Central West has received a boost with the arrival of a $310,000 fire truck.

 

The Mercedes Benz fire truck, referred to as a ‘Class 2’ pumper, is now in operation after being delivered to Wellington Fire Station this week.

 

Member for Dubbo & Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the ‘Class 2’ fire truck has the latest equipment and technology, which will increase the capacity of Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters to deal with fires, accidents, chemical spills and other emergencies.

 

“The NSW State Government is committed to providing firefighters with the best equipment and technology available,” Mr Grant said.

 

“The state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz truck has a larger cabin than previous trucks, providing greater comfort and safety for firefighters. The rear of the truck has also been remounted and modified to provide more room for equipment.”

 

FRNSW Superintendent Gary Barber said FRNSW continues to provide its firefighters with modern and safe vehicles for their vital work in protecting NSW families.

 

“The FRNSW fleet is made up of more than 650 fire engines and rescue vehicles across NSW, and our priority is to ensure that firefighters have the best vehicles available to enable them to the do their jobs effectively and safely,” he said.

 

“The new truck will help firefighters better protect the Wellington community and will help improve the overall quality of our emergency response.”

 

Superintendent Barber said Wellington firefighters, led by Captain Mark Moroney and Deputy Captain Douglas Ney, did a tremendous job responding to fires, rescue incidents and other emergencies, as well as actively promoting fire safety in their community. 


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