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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has welcomed a major new tourism campaign aimed at encouraging Sydneysiders to holiday in regional NSW.

The 'Make Some Our Time' campaign is designed by Destination NSW, the State Government’s tourism and major events agency and aims at enticing potential visitors to the regions with the offer of $1 million worth of $200 discount accommodation vouchers.

“This is an exciting initiative that will be a win-win for travellers and tourism operators in country NSW,” Mr Grant said.

“With the potential to pump more than 10,000 room nights into rural NSW, the promotion is a great idea that will keep this vital industry at the forefront of the economy.

“The Central West region contributed $798 million to the State’s visitor economy in 2011-12 and this initiative will help boost that figure, grow confidence in the sector and create jobs.

“This will be a great incentive to encourage holidaymakers in the city to get out into the regions and experience the wonders of country NSW”.

Destination NSW has partnered with Westfield in the promotion at eight of Sydney’s Westfield Shopping Centres. Shoppers over 18 years of age, who purchase items valued at $30 or more have the chance to win a $200 discount accommodation voucher towards accommodation for a short break in regional NSW.

Winners can choose to redeem their $200 from hundreds of participating accommodation partners offering short breaks deals on the Destination NSW website. Consumers can also enter a competition to win one of three accommodation prize packages worth $1,000 each.

Mr Grant said the promotion demonstrated the Government’s determination to boost tourism to regional NSW as a key component in its aim to double the State’s visitor economy by 2020.


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."


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