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DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR CROWN RESERVE FUNDS

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said eligible Crown reserve trusts have until the end of July to apply for funding under the Public Reserves Management Fund.

“Managers of local Crown reserves such as parks, sportsgrounds and community halls can access funding for capital works and repairs,” Mr Grant said.

”All reserve trust boards responsible for Crown land sites in NSW are eligible to apply for funding this financial year.

“Applications must be received by 31 July, including for caravan parks and showgrounds which in past years had more than one deadline.

“I’d encourage reserve trust boards in the Dubbo Electorate to put the date in their diaries and make sure they get their application in on time.

“Reserve trusts can apply for a grant, a loan, or a combination of both for projects ranging from environmental works to building repairs.

”Funding requests will be determined on a priority basis.”

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said the Public Reserves Management Fund provides millions of dollars each year to improve Crown reserves and their infrastructure.

“From local parks and reserves to holiday parks, camping grounds, showgrounds, and walking tracks, the Fund supports many Crown land sites across NSW that are important to our communities and the environment,” Mr Stoner said.

The funding application form and criteria for eligibility are available on the Crown Lands web site at:

http://www.lpma.nsw.gov.au/crown_lands/crown_reserves/funding/prmf-funding

CMAs SECURE $35 MILLION IN BIODIVERSITY FUNDING

Monday, June 04, 2012

 

 

Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources, Troy Grant, congratulated NSW Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) on securing $35.5 million in Commonwealth biodiversity funding.

 

“Funding under the Commonwealth’s Biodiversity Fund Round One was keenly sought by all states,” Mr Grant said.

 

“It is a measure of the quality of the CMA submissions that 21 projects succeeded in attracting funds.

 

“The funding will be disbursed to the CMAs over the next three to six years.

 

“This outcome clearly demonstrates the high regard in which our CMAs are held, not only by the NSW Government and their local communities but also by the Commonwealth.

 

“The funding for CMAs represents a major share of the total funds distributed nationally in this first round of the program.

 

“NSW CMAs are to be commended in submitting such high quality proposals backed up by their strong record of achievement.

 

“Projects funded across the state range from revegetation, to biodiversity, carbon capture and fauna habitat protection.

 

“The CMAs are leaders in financial management, corporate governance, project management and natural resource management planning and this result brings these strengths into focus.

 

“NSW Landcare groups, state government agencies and local government were also very successful in securing biodiversity funding.”

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."

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278

GRANT WELCOMES PEAK HILL MPS FUNDING

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
A visit to the Peak Hill Hospital this week has given the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant a better understanding of how the recent announcement of State and Federal funding would benefit the Peak Hill community.

Mr Grant met with the Peak Hill Health Service Council chair person Pam Bell to discuss plans for the upgrade of health services. 

The Federal Government recently announced $6 million for the redevelopment of the Peak Hill Health Service to a Multipurpose Service MPS, which will be matched by a contribution of $6 million from the NSW Government, for the $12 million project.

The MPS at Peak Hill will include a range of services which will respond to the needs of the community. Some of these services will include primary care, sub-acute, respite, palliative, aged care and a range of allied health services. There will also be space for self-care renal dialysis.                            

Mr Grant said the confirmation of funds was positive for the Peak Hill region.

"The current facility is well and truly out-dated and no longer has the capacity to service the health needs of the community,” Mr Grant said.

“The MPS will provide the Peak Hill region with high quality health services and provide the flexibility to respond to health needs of that community, particularly those with chronic and complex conditions.

“This is a Government that’s committed to improving health services in regional areas and I’m pleased we’ve been able to secure this important funding for Peak Hill, as well as making a significant contribution ourselves.”

Mr Grant said he was proud of the hard work from the community and the Western NSW Local Health District.

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278

FUNDING BOOST FOR YEOVAL AND PEAK HILL MEN'S SHEDS

Friday, May 11, 2012
Two local Men's Sheds stand to benefit from community grants courtesy of the NSW Government.

The Minister for Mental Health and Western NSW Kevin Humphries and the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant presented representatives from the Yeoval and Peak Hill Men's Sheds with $10,000 cheques today.

The grants will provide vital financial support to enable these important community organisations to continue the fight against mental health issues.

"Men's Sheds do a remarkable job in providing men with a place to go to blow off steam, talk to others about health issues and basically get active and participate in the community," said Mr Grant.

"Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions. Physical or mental illness, retrenchment or relationship breakdown are just some of the problems that men find it hard to deal with on their own. But barriers are slowly being broken down and that's why I cannot speak highly enough of the work Men's Sheds do in the community."

Minister Humphries said he was delighted to assist in obtaining the funding because he knows what a significant contribution Men's Sheds make to the community.

"When one takes into account how family members lives' are touched by Men's Sheds, the contribution they make to our society is truly amazing," said Mr Humphries.

There are an estimated 185 Men's Sheds operating in New South Wales and 400 nationally, representing approximately 30,000 men. 

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278

DUBBO ELECTORATE GETS ITS SHARE OF THE $35 MILLION COMMUNITY BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has welcomed the announcement of funding for local projects under the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program.

Mr Grant said he was delighted the NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell today announced the roll out of $35 million for 1424 community projects throughout the state.

"The Dubbo Electorate has 15 projects ranging from $4,000 to $100,000 that will receive funding, making a great impact on the day to day lives of our communities," Mr Grant said.

“This is the delivery of another election commitment from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to renovate infrastructure across the State. 

“Local construction and trades jobs and local businesses stand to benefit from the activity as community infrastructure is built, refurbish or enhanced.

“There was strong competition for the available funds and a high level of interest from the community with almost 3,000 applications received across the state in total.

“Overall funding requests exceeded $152 million, a significant increase over the $118 million sought in the previous program.

“I look forward to seeing the benefits to our communities as projects are undertaken and more importantly put into use across the Dubbo Electorate.” 

Projects to receive funding in the Dubbo Electorate are:
  • The Ballimore and District Progress Association; $21,104 to build a public toilet in the Thelma Pelosia Park.
  • Parkes Shire Council; $111,000 for improvements to community facilities in the Parkes Shire.
  • Parkes & District Kennel Club Inc; $7,412 for covered dog ring assembly areas and a storage shed.
  • Royal Far West; $10,000 for the Royal Far West opportunity shop refurbishment in Forbes.
  • Forbes Shire Council; $6,000 for shelter & seating at the Forbes Skate Park.
  • Forbes Shire Council; $25,000 for a bike & walking track from Bundaburrah Crossing to the Forbes Aquatic Centre.
  • Canowindra Business Chamber Inc; $60,000 for new disabled toilets at the Canowindra Memorial Park.
  • Emmanuel care Inc; $20,000 for extending the Dubbo Men's Shed.
  • Dubbo Aero Club Inc; $35,000 to build a community meeting and training room.
  • Dubbo City Council; $57,500 for improvements to the Wongarbon Hall and lighting upgrades at the South Dubbo Oval.
  • Narromine Shire Council; $10,520 for a new canteen and storerooms at Dundas Oval.
  • Narromine Shire Council; $4,350 for upgrades to the Tomingley Community Centre.
  • Narromine Shire Council; $7,849.73 for air-conditioning at the Tomingley Hall.
  • The National Trust of Australia (New South Wales); $20,000 for the Dundullimal Church Project
  • Tullamore Inc; $4,000 for the upgrade of amenities at the Tullamore Men's Shed. 

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278

DUBBO, FORBES, PARKES AND CABONNE COMMUNITY TRANSPORT BOOST

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Community transport organisations serving the Dubbo electorate will receive an extra $32,000– an increase of 20 per cent - in State Government funding this financial year, said the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant.

Mr Grant said he had been advised by the Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian that the State Government would provide the organisations with a total of $195,500 in 2011-12.

The funding boost comes after the NSW Government committed an extra $12 million over four years to community transport organisations across the State through the Community Transport Program.

“This is great news for Dubbo,” Mr Grant said.

“The Community Transport Program is vital for seniors, the ill, people with disability and people who live in isolated communities because it helps them maintain their links with their local community.

“It provides non-emergency transport to members of the community who do not have access to transport.

“This includes assisting people to get to medical appointments, social and recreational activities, shopping and social services.”

The local community transport organisations to receive funding are:

  • Cowra Community Transport – an extra $10,000 (total funding $54,773)
  • Dubbo Community Transport – an extra $2000 (total funding $14,354)
  • Parkes/Forbes Community Transport – an extra $10,000 (total funding $58,577)
  • Cabonne Community Transport – an extra $10,000 (total funding $67,836)

Ms Berejiklian said the NSW Government was committed to boosting the Community Transport Program by delivering on its commitment to provide extra funding and improved services for passengers.

“Thousands of volunteers across the State do fantastic work to improve the lives of those disadvantaged people who need transport services to maintain a normal life,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“In the last 12 years, the previous Labor Government failed to increase community transport funding but the NSW Liberals & Nationals are committed to delivering better community transport services to help the less mobile in our local areas.”

TROY GRANT GIVES FUNDING COMMITMENT TO COOKAMIDGERA COMMUNITY

Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has given a commitment to secure the appropriate funding needed for flood mitigation projects in the village of Cookamidgera, near Parkes, which has suffered from periodic flooding for several years.

Mr Grant met with Cookamidgera residents at a community meeting at the village hall recently, after the Cookamidgera Landcare group contacted Mr Grant with their concerns.

"The residents of Cookamidgera have been subject to repeated flood events for many years. The December 2010 floods were particularly damaging, causing substantial damage to the village streets and local homes," Mr Grant said.

"There have been many unsuccessful attempts by the Cookamidgera Community and Landcare Inc to obtain funding for identified mitigation work. Some of the work that needs to be carried out is the construction of a levee bank, cleaning out of Bartley's Creek as well as minor works to improve flooding in Haynes and Flagstone Street.

"During my visit to Cookamidgera I was made aware of the heartache, financial loss and stress that community members have endured as a result of the floods. It therefore gives me great pleasure to be able to help this small but vibrant community in my electorate."

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