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GOLDEN HIGHWAY UPGRADE AT BALLIMORE NEARS COMPLETION

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant visited Ballimore today to look over the progress being made with the upgrade of the Golden Highway and Gowan Road intersection. The work, due for completion this September, is being undertaken courtesy of a $1.4 million state budget allocation for improvements to traffic flow and the removal of the notorious black spot.

"Road safety is a high priority especially when it involves large traffic volumes and school children," said Mr Grant.

"Having spoken to a number of locals about this issue last year, I was determined to ensure that the funding required to improve the road would be delivered".

"School buses frequently use this intersection and by improving the road surface, it should go a long way towards ensuring the children's safety.

The Member for Dubbo also inspected work on the construction of new toilet facilities in Thelma Pelosi Park. This has come about courtesy of a NSW Government Community Building Partnership Grant.

Mr Grant's Ballimore visit also afforded him the opportunity to meet with a number of local residents to discuss community issues.

"Receiving firsthand accounts from Ballimore residents gives me a clearer understanding of concerns within the town," said Mr Grant.

The NSW Government will continue to deliver upon its infrastructure improvements for Ballimore residents.

GAREMA HALL FACELIFT

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has thrown his support behind a project that will restore a historically significant building for the Garema community, appreciating its important link to the Return Services League.

Mr Grant visited the Garema Hall today to look over the building and to discuss the restoration project with locals courtesy of the Community and Correctional Partnership Program developed by NSW Corrective Services.

The Garema Hall was built in 1922 by the returned serviceman who saw action during the First Wold War.

"With the passage of years it's all too easy to lose touch with the significance attached to these buildings and the reasons for their construction," said Mr Grant.

"By preserving this piece of history, future residents gain a better understanding of the community's past whilst continuing to provide an important facility for the holding of community events."

The Community and Correctional Partnership Program has been designed to encourage offender services and community interest groups to work together with the aim of providing programs that will directly benefit the community.

"Projects that are completed under the program involve important work that would not otherwise be undertaken without the great assistance of community interest groups such as Rotary, Lions, Men's Shed, and the very many other non profit organisations," said Mr Grant.

"The true value of this work will lead to visible improvements in local halls, community sites, public schools and many other facilities in and around the Dubbo electorate.

"The Garema's hall life has been prolonged as a result of this important program and will remain for many years to come."

Established in 2009 the Community and Correctional Partnership Program is managed state wide by Les Fraser from NSW Corrective Services.

Community interest groups are invited to contact Corrective Services NSW for more information on 02 83461356.

SERVICE NSW: NEW GOVERNMENT ONE-STOP SHOP IN DUBBO CUTS QUEUES AND SAVES TIME

Monday, July 23, 2012

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today announced one of the first 18 new one-stop shops which will give access to 210 Government services will be located in Dubbo.

Mr Grant said Dubbo’s new Service NSW centre was the next step in cutting red tape and bringing the Government closer to the people.

Combined with a new 24 hour phone service, and a new internet portal to give easy access across Government, the one-stop shops will save time and money, with business expected to save $4.8 billion a year in lost productivity.

Mr Grant said Dubbo’s Service NSW office would be established within the existing Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) office in Macquarie Street.

“We are making it as easy as possible to do business with the Government and this new office is another step in the right direction,” Mr Grant said.

“It will be open from 7am until 7pm during the week and from 9am to 3pm on Saturday – meaning you can do your business with Government at a time that suits you.

“Services available at the new office include all the usual RMS licensing, registration, and testing; but you will also be able to pay your rates, enrol to vote or get a national parks annual pass, among other things.”

Mr Grant said he welcomed the announcement of Premier Barry O’Farrell that Mike Pratt would be the State’s first Customer Service Commissioner.

Mr Pratt, a career banker who has held senior roles at Westpac, NAB and the Bank of New Zealand, will oversee service reforms across the NSW public sector.

“Increasingly, private sector organisations are moving to deliver their products and services across a range of distribution channels such as contact centres, internet, and branches to make it more efficient for consumers and to improve the customer experience," said Mr Pratt.

“The citizens of NSW rightly expect their Government to do likewise, and it is pleasing to see the Government moving to deliver services in a much-improved and integrated manner,” he said.

 

 

FUNDING CHANNELLED INTO NORTH DUBBO STORMWATER DRAINAGE PROJECT

Monday, July 16, 2012

North Dubbo’s struggling stormwater infrastructure will get $1.5 million boost thanks to a generous loan subsidy from the NSW Government’s Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme, Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said today.

The $70 million scheme provides councils with a four per cent interest subsidy over 10 years on loans to allow infrastructure projects which languished for 16 years under Labor to finally go ahead.

Minister for Local Government Don Page said the scheme would unlock shovel-ready infrastructure projects for communities across the State.

Mr Grant said the local project will provide trunk drainage infrastructure in North Dubbo which will support other drainage initiatives such as improving kerbs and guttering so that stormwater can be discharged to receiving areas.

“I am delighted the NSW Government can assist our community to have work begin on this vital project in a growing part of our community sadly ignored by Labor,’’ Mr Grant said.

“This project will provide underground drainage for the first time to the area which has a significant population.

“Anyone who has been in this area knows that, being flat, there are difficulties in draining stormwater away.

“Draining stormwater away properly reduces flooding which endangers residents and causes damage to dwellings as well as disruption and inconvenience to the community.’’

Dubbo City Council plans to borrow $1.5 million to fund the work, assisted by the State Government’s interest rate subsidy under the Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme.

Mr Page said the projects covered by the scheme include roads, bridges, community halls, libraries, paths, parks, water facilities and airports.

The scheme is expected to give the green light to up to $1 billion worth of infrastructure across the State.

“Almost 100 applications from councils across the State were received for funding - a response which illustrated how dire the backlog in infrastructure was under the previous Labor Government,” Mr Page said.

“This scheme is a promise kept by the NSW Liberals & Nationals. It will create jobs, develop and renew infrastructure and improve the quality of life for the people of NSW.

“With the first round of applications complete, there is still $60 million to fund other projects across the State in future rounds of grants under the scheme," Mr Page said.

Mr Page urged councils who missed out to apply for the second round of funding, expected to open by the end of the year.

NSW Treasurer Mike Baird said the Government was serious about building for the future.

"What we are saying to councils is that we will help share the burden on borrowing costs on the loans required to tackle the infrastructure backlog," Mr Baird said.

UPGRADE FOR PARKES SWIMMING POOL

Monday, July 16, 2012

Parkes Swimming Pool will get a two million dollar upgrade thanks to a generous loan subsidy from the NSW Government’s Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme, Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said today.

The $70 million scheme provides councils with a four per cent interest subsidy over 10 years on loans to allow infrastructure projects which languished for 16 years under Labor to finally go ahead.

Minister for Local Government Don Page said the scheme would unlock shovel-ready infrastructure projects for communities across the State.

Mr Grant said the Parkes project included upgrading the 50m and other pools, a revamp for the concourse, shade areas, tiered concrete seating and a supplementary plant room.

“I am delighted the NSW Government can assist to get this project underway after years of Labor neglect," Mr Grant said.

“Parkes residents will soon be enjoying all the benefits of modern swimming facilities and council will have the bonus of reduced maintenance costs.’’

Parkes Shire Council plans to borrow the project cost, assisted by the State Government’s interest rate subsidy under the Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme.

Mr Page said the projects covered by the scheme include roads, bridges, community halls, libraries, paths, parks, water facilities and airports.

The scheme is expected to give the green light to up to $1 billion worth of infrastructure across the State.

“Almost 100 applications from councils across the State were received for funding - a response which illustrated how dire the backlog in infrastructure was under the previous Labor Government,” Mr Page said.

“This scheme is a promise kept by the NSW Liberals & Nationals. It will create jobs, develop and renew infrastructure and improve the quality of life for the people of NSW.

“With the first round of applications complete, there is still $60 million to fund other projects across the State in future rounds of grants under the scheme."

Mr Page urged councils who missed out to apply for the second round of funding, expected to open by the end of the year.

NSW Treasurer Mike Baird said the Government was serious about building for the future.

"What we are saying to councils is that we will help share the burden on borrowing costs on the loans required to tackle the infrastructure backlog," Mr Baird said.

COOKAMIDGERA OBTAINS MUCH NEEDED FUNDING FOR FLOOD REPAIRS

Monday, July 16, 2012

Residents of the Cookamidera community near Parkes have obtained NSW Government funding to assist with flood mitigation projects in the village, which has suffered from periodic flooding for several years.

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant presented a $16,500 cheque to community members today in Parkes, on behalf of Premier Barry O'Farrell.

Mr Grant said that some of the work required to be carried out in Cookamidgera includes the construction of a levee bank, cleaning out of Bartley's Creek, minor works to improve flooding in Haynes and Flagstone Street and repairs to properties.

"The December 2010 floods were particularly damaging, causing substantial damage to village streets and local homes," Mr Grant said.

"The difficulty encountered by the Cookamidgera community over obtaining funds to carry out necessary remedial work was brought to my attention last year.

"I have been working behind the scenes since then to try and secure the funding required.

"Having direct contact to Ministers was a vital factor in being able to access funds for the community. The best part about being in Government is the opportunity to deliver outcomes like this which would not normally be possible.

"Floods impact both individuals and communities, having large social, economic, and environmental consequence, that's why I was pleased to travel down south today to present the cheque.

"I commend Premier O'Farrell for his interest in the Cookamidgera community."

ABORIGINAL ARTISTS HAVE THE CHANCE TO CLAIM $40,000 ART PRIZE

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today encouraged Aboriginal artists in the Dubbo electorate to enter the 2012 Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize – an annual acquisitive prize of $40,000, awarded to the finest example of contemporary Aboriginal art in New South Wales.

Mr Grant said entries are now open, and will be accepted up until Friday 3rd August 2012.

"Everyone from professional to emerging artists have the opportunity to compete for the coveted Prize, and for the chance to be included in an exhibition of finalists at Parliament House throughout October," Mr Grant said

"Now in its eighth year, the Prize is the largest combined art prize currently on offer for Aboriginal artists, featuring not only the main cash prize, but also a professional development program and generous student scholarships through the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.

"The Prize contributes over $160,000 to help foster the continued growth and development of Aboriginal art in New South Wales. This has been made possible through a joint partnership between the Parliament of NSW, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Arts NSW, the College of Fine Arts and newest event partner, Coal & Allied."

Previous winners of the award include Esme Timbery, Roy Kennedy, Danny Eastwood and the Euraba Artists and Papermakers. The 2011 prize was awarded to Leanne Tobin, for her stirring work Defending Country.

"It is life changing, not just for me but also for Darug people," Ms Tobin said.

"We have been working to try and get recognition in our country and to now have this painting in Parliament House has such significance for us. We have had people in the mountains crying with happiness over it. It is a really big win for Darug people."

Entrants can also choose to be considered for the College of Fine Arts Professional Development Award - a two week residency at the College, featuring a solo exhibition at COFAspace in 2013. Past winners have included Graham Davis King, Fabri Blacklock, Penny Evans, Frances Belle Parker and the 2011 recipient, David Nolan.

The Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Prize will be open for entries until Friday, 3rd August 2012. For more information on eligibility criteria and for full terms and conditions of entry please contact Campbelltown Arts Centre on 02 4645 4100 or by email to artscentre@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au

An electronic version of the entry form is also available at http://www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/CampbelltownArtsCentre

The 2012 Prize is currently on a tour of regional New South Wales, which has included showings at the Muswellbrook Regional Gallery and Brewarrina Visitor Information and Cultural Centre, with the next stops being the Grafton Regional Gallery (4th July – 24th August 2012) and the Tamworth Regional Gallery (15th September – 20th October 2012).


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