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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A significant injection of funds into roads and health services in the Dubbo electorate, in the NSW Governments second budget demonstrates its commitment to improving service delivery in regional NSW, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

The $80 million re-development of Dubbo Base Hospital has received a further injection of funds to the tune of $12.5 million allocated this financial year towards stages 1 and 2 of the re-development.

"This exciting project moves a step further towards completion with the welcome injection of funds," Mr Grant said.
An additional $2.3 million will be directed towards the upgrade of Forbes and Parkes Hospitals.

"This has been achieved against the backdrop of significant challenges facing the NSW economy," said Mr Grant.
"The NSW Government understands how important it is to secure better health outcomes for the people of the Dubbo electorate."

The Government has also delivered $35.8 million through its roads budget towards infrastructure and maintenance upgrades for the region.

A further $1.1 million has been set aside to undertake pavement re-building on the Newell Highway at Yellow Creek north of Dubbo, while similar work will be undertaken on the Newell Highway north of Forbes at a cost of $800,000.

Residents will be pleased to learn that the NSW Government is honouring its election commitment by sealing Tony McGrane Way between Tullamore and Narromine at a cost of $700,000 and will fund a further upgrade of the LH Ford Bridge over the Macquarie River on the Mitchell Highway at a cost of $650,000.

Forbes locals stand to benefit from the provision of a turning lane on the Newell Highway that will cost $940, 000.

Honouring its election commitment, the NSW Government has allocated $700,000 towards the upgrade of the Newell Highway and Boothenba Road to enable its future use by road trains and b-doubles seeking access.

The Taronga Western Plains Zoo will pick up $6.4 million for construction and restoration projects within the zoo.
The Riverside Centre in Dubbo will obtain an additional $1 million towards its redevelopment.

Parkes Police Station has achieved a further $5.8 million out of the budget towards its $14 million upgrade.

The Budget allocates $178 million to employ additional police, as part of the Government’s commitment to increase authorised police numbers by 400 by June 2014.

Almost $100 million is allocated for a State Emergency services package designed to help prepare for and respond to floods and storms.

The Peak Hill Community Bus will receive $33,000 to enable it to provide ongoing transport to the frail, aged and disables.

Within the education portfolio $318 million will be spent on school maintenance with schools in the Dubbo electorate receiving over $600,000.

Dubbo College Delroy Campus will receive $200,000 for the upgrade and resurfacing of external paving and Narromine High School will be allocated the same amount for toilet renovations.

The Budget includes a $30 million boost to our Local Government Infrastructure Renewal Scheme, which helps councils with the borrowing costs on loans to address infrastructure backlogs. Dubbo and Parkes Shire were among the 69 councils that applied in the first round.

“While the Federal Government is contributing less to NSW infrastructure, the NSW Budget increases infrastructure spending by 17 per cent over the next four years, compared with the last four years," said Mr Grant.

"The people of Dubbo will see in this Budget a focus on building better infrastructure for the services we rely on every day."



Monday, May 21, 2012
Dubbo was well represented at last weekend’s Young Nationals Conference in Wagga, according to the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant.

“It was great to see young people from our region speaking so passionately about the issues facing our region,” Mr Grant said.

According to newly appointed NSW Young Nationals Chairman Felicity Walker, who grew up in Nevertire, more than 50 Young Nationals members from throughout NSW attended the Conference, the first in more than two decades.

“It is a very exciting time for the Young Nats, and this Conference is a reflection of how far we have come as an organisation in the last few years - we are growing stronger by the day,” Ms Walker said.

“To have so many Young Nationals members from right across NSW put up their hand to be part of the Conference shows just how positive the future is looking for the Young Nationals.”

“Everyone at the Conference has made a commitment to grow our membership so that our organisation can tap into the wealth of experience and potential of young people from right across regional NSW.”

Kirby Dunlop from Dubbo said the Conference incorporated social events, policy discussions and guest speakers.
“We had representatives from the far north coast right down to Griffith coming together to talk about regional youth issues. We’re the only party that does that,” Ms Dunlop said.

Ms Dunlop, who was elected to the state executive, said the success of the Nationals at last year’s State election presented the Young Nationals with a unique opportunity to re-energise their own organisation.
“There were a lot of young people at the conference who played a big part in the election result, and the Young Nats are keen to use that momentum to make a real difference for regional youth.”

Wagga-based federal MP and Patron of the NSW Young Nationals, Michael McCormack, sponsored the Conference.
“The Young Nationals are proving to be a very assertive force for young people in our party. They’re the only dedicated voice for young regional people in politics, and I was proud to host them in Wagga on the weekend,” Mr McCormack said.

For comment call Felicity Walker on 0499 154 420

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