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Thursday, July 12, 2018

It has been an incredible honour to be the voice of the Dubbo electorate in the NSW Parliament.

I entered State Parliament in 2011, and since then, I’ve felt privileged fighting for a better deal for our region. I’ve been focused on making sure our area, which was previously out of sight and mostly out of mind, became a priority for investment. I remain focused on continuing to bring record investment to our communities until the next election.

The Dubbo electorate is a standout example of a thriving regional area thanks to our diverse economy, transport hub, tourism, strong agricultural sector and salt of the earth people. I might be biased, but it is truly one of the best places to live in NSW, if not Australia.

Our community has seen unprecedented investment in local infrastructure and services, including hospital redevelopments, road upgrades and education spending.  I have worked tirelessly since my first day in the job to transform our region and I feel enormously humbled and grateful for having been given the opportunity at two state elections.

Our community is a regional economic powerhouse, which is something that we can all be proud of and benefit from.

Due to our success working together during my time in parliament, we have secured over $1 billion for the Dubbo electorate in key programs and projects, in addition to core government funding.

I have never taken the confidence the people of the Dubbo electorate have placed in me for granted and I’m proud of the great wins we’ve secured. To achieve these results, I have put my heart and soul into the role and worked my guts out for the area. The job has come at enormous personal cost. I’ve always given the role my all - 7 days a week over the last 8 years, with the same honesty, hard work and integrity as I did as a police officer for 22 years.

I’m not retiring from state politics because of another job or scandal, I have come to the realisation that after 30 years in service to my community, I can no longer give the role my all, and I am being honest with the electorate. I do not have the energy needed to work at the level required to secure the electorate’s ongoing success for another four years. I’m not one to coast along or simply occupy such a vital position in the community. It’s not in my nature or character to be elected for four years and take the position for granted.

The next member will need to give their all, make significant sacrifices and have the ability to form strong relationships with key decision makers to ensure the electorate’s success. My retirement from politics will allow me to pursue new opportunities and allow me to spend more time with my family during this important time in their lives. I cannot thank my family enough for allowing me to serve and I’ll be forever grateful for their love, support and sacrifice.

I want to thank my amazing local supporters, branch members, my staff, government agencies and the broader community for all their support since I left my career in the NSW Police force to campaign for the seat of Dubbo in Parliament. I am truly grateful.

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