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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."


Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The NSW Government has launched a new toolkit to show businesses how they can donate food waste to charity.

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the toolkit, which was launched in Sydney by NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker and Founder of Do Something! Jon Dee, aims to reduce the estimated 400,000 tonnes of food wasted every year in NSW.

“Social research undertaken by the NSW Government shows that businesses are needlessly throwing away edible food because they think they’re not allowed to donate it to those in need and they are not sure what else to do with it,” Mr Grant said.

Mr Grant said the toolkit was designed to bring together businesses and food charities in a way that benefited both parties. “A new online Food Donation Tool Kit, supported by $13,750 funding from Love Food Hate Waste, is part of the Do Something! FoodWise campaign and gives food donation advice to restaurants, cafes, food markets, farmers, food manufacturers, food distributors, retailers and wholesalers,” Mr Grant said.

“There are many ways businesses can avoid food waste and dispose of food waste more wisely and this partnership project provides the knowledge to show business how.”

“With so many Australians going hungry, it’s a tragedy that companies waste so much food.
“This new toolkit and online resource will help to turn excess food into a resource that helps feed the hungry and save thousands of kilograms of food from being dumped as landfill each year.” 

Download the toolkit free at and

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278

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