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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.

GRANT WELCOMES IMPROVEMENTS TO COUNTRYLINK'S ELVIS EXPRESS

Monday, July 09, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has welcomed CountryLink's decision to bring forward its 'Elvis Express' service due to overwhelming popular demand, for next year’s CountryLink Parkes Elvis Festival.

The ‘Elvis Express’ will now leave a day earlier from Sydney’s Central Station on Thursday, 10 January 2013 rather than the traditional Friday departure date following feedback from festival organisers and Elvis fans.

"I have been advised that CountryLink made the decision to start the service a day earlier after seventy percent of respondents to a survey about the Elvis Express departure date requested CountryLink make the change,” Mr Grant said.

The extra day will give visitors to Parkes the chance to take advantage of more of the Festival’s activities, such as free main stage entertainment and the Miss Priscilla Dinner.

“Nearly 400 Elvis fans joined the Elvis Express in a sold-out, all shook up, eight-carriage XPT train in 2012 and I'm pleased to learn that CountryLink will continue their support of this great regional event.”

The Elvis Express will depart Sydney on 10 January 2013, and return on Monday 14 January 2013.

CountryLink will release Elvis Express tickets for sale later this year. Fans that would like to be notified when the tickets go on sale should call CountryLink on 132 232.

SOD TURNING MARKS NEW ERA OF POLICING IN PARKES

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

A new era of policing in the region commenced today, with the ceremonial turning of the first sod at the site of Parkes multimillion dollar new police station, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

Mr Grant joined the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mike Gallacher to mark the special milestone in Parkes.

"I was delighted that the Police Minister kindly accepted the invitation to turn the first sod, demonstrating Mike Gallacher's commitment to improving regional policing infrastructure and resources," said Mr Grant.

"As a former officer I know how much better the police will be able to serve the local community's policing needs out of a contemporary work place."

The NSW Government allocated over $5 million in the 2012-2013 budget towards the completion of this $14 million project.

Mr Grant said Parkes should be proud of its long and rich history of police representation.

"Generations of police officers have cut their teeth working out of the historic police station in Currajong Street," said Mr Grant said.

"What might have been a suitable building for housing police operations from 1883 is no longer the case; what is now required is a purpose built state of the art facility to take policing into the future."

In 1883 a brick police lock-up was built in Currajong Street and a police residence was built at the corner of Court and Hill streets. Parkes became Western Area Police Headquarters in 1936 with the officer-in-charge controlling from Blackheath to Broken Hill. Today, Parkes is headquarters of the Lachlan Local Area Command.

BUDGET DELIVERS MORE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR DUBBO

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."

 

INCREASED COUNCIL RATES – LABOR’S CARBON TAX TO HIT DUBBO, FORBES, PARKES, CABONNE AND NARROMINE COUNCILS

Monday, June 04, 2012

Every ratepayer of Dubbo, Forbes, Parkes, Cabonne and Narromine Councils will be slugged by the Labor government carbon tax, Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

Mr Grant has condemned Federal Labor’s carbon tax as an attack on NSW residents and ratepayers.

As revealed recently, council rates across NSW will next year increase by at least $14m – the direct result of Federal Labor’s carbon tax.

Dubbo City Council will have to collect an additional $93,370 in rates alone due to the carbon tax.

Cabonne Council will have to collect an additional $34,616, Forbes Shire Council $24,908; Narromine Shire Council $17,189; Parkes Shire Council $30,680

“Our worst fears regarding Federal Labor’s Carbon Tax have now become a reality,” Mr Grant said.

“It’s not only energy bills where local residents will feel the impact of the Carbon Tax, they are also going to cop it in the hip pocket when it comes time to pay their council rates.

“This rates increase will be another financial burden for NSW households, with average electricity bills to rise by approximately $182, mainly due to the introduction of the carbon tax.”

Mr Grant said that is was extremely disappointing for the Local Government industry that the new tax has not taken into account the significant impact of the tax on the local government sector.

“Some Councils in NSW will still be slugged for other facilities including water treatment plants.

“Unlike some individuals who will receive some compensation, of Dubbo, Forbes, Parkes, Cabonne and Narromine Councils will receive no compensation, so ultimately ratepayers will cop it.

“This ‘reprieve’ announced by the Acting Prime Minister will only delay the costs for 12 months relating to landfill facilities that Councils operate but does not assist with the majority of other costs.

“There are potentially millions of dollars more in costs that the Federal Labor Government has shamelessly walloped every council in the state with no way to pay it.

“It is clear that the federal Labor government failed to take into account the Local Government sector – now they are trying to play catch-up with policy on the run.

“I call on the Federal Government to scrap this carbon tax - It would be the best thing the Federal Government could do for of Dubbo, Forbes, Parkes, Cabonne and Narromine Councils Mr Grant concluded.

GRANT ACTS: FORBES AND PARKES HOSPITALS ON TRACK

Monday, May 28, 2012
A move to deliver high quality health services is now a step closer; with planning due to commence shortly for the refurbishment of Forbes Hospital, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

Mr Grant today confirmed that all health services currently operating out of the Forbes Hospital would be retained, removing any uncertainty or doubt in the minds of local residents over the future of health services in Forbes.

Mr Grant also re-confirmed that the NSW Government has committed $42.5 million towards a new hospital at Parkes and $25 million for a refurbishment of Forbes Hospital.

"I'm excited to see that significant progress is being made to deliver upon the election commitments the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government gave to the people of Forbes and Parkes," Mr Grant said.

"This Government recognises that the Parkes and Forbes communities and the surrounding region have been neglected for far too long."

"Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller has been kept informed of these developments and expressed gratitude for the excellent work undertaken by the Western NSW Local Health District CEO Ron Dunham and his team."

Mr Grant said the decision to maintain services at Forbes Hospital was reached after lengthy consultation with doctors, clinicians and the community.

"I will continue to work with these groups to address the shortfalls in existing services including the shortage of GP's in the region."

Mr Grant also said he was encouraged by the fact that work to select a site for the multimillion dollar Parkes Hospital will commence shortly.

"A number of sites will be earmarked by Health Infrastructure and assessed for their suitability," Mr Grant said.

"Whichever site is selected must take into consideration Parkes increasing population and growing community needs." 

"Yet again we have delivered on a promise to deliver the very best available health care to these two communities."

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