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APOLLO MEETING TO SET AGENDA

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the intention of this week's stakeholder meeting is to equip participating agencies with a broad understanding of the challenges posed with managing the Apollo Estate.

Convened by the Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward, Thursday's meeting at the Western Plains Cultural Centre has been designed as the first stage of extensive community engagement over the future of the estate.

"A two stage approach will allow both stakeholders and residents to contribute in a constructive way to developing plans for tackling Apollo's problems head on," Mr Grant said.

"This week will provide a basic framework for future decisions. Forums require structure and planning if they are to meet with community expectations."

Mr Grant said there will be an opportunity for residents to put their concerns directly in a later forum that will build upon Thursday's discussion.

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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."

 

 


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