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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.


Monday, July 02, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has praised a NSW Government scheme that rewards good driving practices and behaviour.


The ‘Fair Go for Safe Drivers’ scheme means motorists can pay half price for their licence from 1 July if they have a good driving record for five years.


Under the scheme about 2.1 million motorists will be eligible for the cheaper licence out of 4.3 million unrestricted licence holders in NSW.


"Motorists should be recognised for maintaining clean driving records and this incentive based approach is most welcome," said Mr Grant.


"During my time as a policeman I attended the scene of too many accidents that were brought about by reckless or careless driving that resulted in unnecessary injury or death.


"This scheme encourages people to adopt safe driving habits that will lead to better driver behaviours and awareness, which in turn should result in less fatalities and serious accidents."


NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said NSW motorists whose licence expires on and from 1 July this year are eligible for the discounted licence fee.


Provisional (P1 and P2) licence holders are not eligible for the discount, however time without relevant offences while holding a P1 or P2 licence will be counted towards the five-year eligibility period once they’ve progressed to an unrestricted licence.


From 1 July 2012 unrestricted driver licence renewal fees are $52 for one year, $122 for three years and $162 for five years.


Drivers must also have no relevant offences recorded on their licence during the five years leading up to the renewal date.


 A similar scheme has been operating successfully in Victoria since 2006, which allows for a 25 per cent reduction in the licence fee.

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