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Matters of State

Monday, October 16, 2017

Last week was a busy one with parliament sitting, two regional by-elections and a plethora of local events in the electorate across the weekend. I had the pleasure of attending the Regional Australia Bank Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Rhino awards where a deserving Westhaven took out the Gold Rhino.

I also attended the annual Volunteer Rescue Association Conference in Dubbo, Gulgong’s Gold and Mining Festival, the Wellington & Geurie Lions Club District 201N4 Convention and laid a wreath at a service remembering the Kokoda Campaign 75 years on.

The Cootamundra and Murray state electorates went to the polls last weekend with the NSW Nationals claiming victory in both electorates. I congratulate our latest National Party MP’s in Steph Cooke and Austin Evans and offer my thanks for the many volunteers who helped out during pre-poll and of course on polling day.

REMEMBERING THE KOKODA CAMPAIGN – 75 YEARS

It was moving service at the Dubbo Cenotaph on Sunday commemorating the service and sacrifice of those who gave up so much to defend our freedom 75 years on from the Kokoda campaign. It is important that we remember the sacrifices of all service men and women past and present.

LIONS CLUB DISTRICT 201N4 CONVENTION

It was great to welcome all attendees to the District 201 N4 57th Annual District Convention. It was a great event and I am extremely fortunate to have great community groups in particular the Lions Clubs of Geurie & Wellington in the electorate who truly embody Lions Australia’s motto of “Making our communities a better place to live, work and grow” through their service to the local communities.

GREAT COMMUNITY MEMBERS RECOGNISED

I had the pleasure of recognising some great members of the local community on Monday. Rhonda Betts and Helen Simmons who represented New South Wales in Dragon Boat racing at the national championship and Evan Elliot for 50 years’ service as a Justice of the Peace.  Its lovely to recognise those who achievements often fly under the radar. 

HSC 2017 EXAMS BEGIN

After years of hard work, more than 70,000 NSW students are on the final stretch to completing their Higher School Certificate with written exams officially starting today.

During the past 50 years, more than 2.3 million students have studied the HSC. That’s millions of Australians educated, nurtured, and guided to adulthood by our wonderfully dedicated teachers.

I want to congratulate every student on their diligence in getting to this final stage of their HSC. What you have learned will prepare you well for the next phase of your lives. Work hard in this final lap, while exams can seem all consuming and defining, know that there is an end. There is a whole world of opportunity awaiting you, whatever path you may choose.

The 117 written exams will finish on Tuesday 7 November.

Results are sent out via SMS and email from 6am on Thursday 14 December.

Till next week,

Troy

Matters of State

Friday, October 06, 2017

After a weekend of barracking hard from my living room for my beloved Shell V-Power Racing Fords in the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000, it is great to be back representing the needs of my local communities on the floor of the NSW Parliament.

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR ORGANISATIONS IN DUBBO TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF SENIORS

I am urging organisations, which help older people in Dubbo lead independent and healthy lives, to apply for funding from the NSW Government’s Liveable Communities Grants Program.

Round Three is now open to applicants who are working to improve the lives of seniors in our communities.

I am excited to see what fresh ideas are brought to the table in Round Three. The focus will be on projects that increase older people’s participation in artistic, cultural, sport and exercise activities

Applicants will be assessed on innovation, and the potential to create sustainable long-term solutions to issues facing older people.

Applications for the program are open to non-government organisations, local councils, universities and small businesses.

The program was a 2015 election commitment, with $4 million allocated over four years. More than $1.3 million has been allocated to fund Round Three.

When we do everything possible to remove physical and mental barriers for older people, it ensures they can fully participate in local life and everyone in the community benefits

Applications close at 2pm, Monday 20 November, 2017. For more information or to apply please email LiveableCommunitiesGrants@facs.nsw.gov.au, call (02) 8879 9172 or visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au

FUNDING FOR DUBBO COMMUNITY LANGUAGE CLASSES

Community-run language classes in Sinhalese will share in more than $4.5 million in funding from the NSW Government.

The Community Language Schools Program provides funding to community organisations to help establish and run language schools in the local area.

Classes are run for school age children with non-English speaking backgrounds to maintain their heritage languages.

Sinhalese Cultural Forum of NSW Australia which runs classes at Dubbo South Public School will receive $1,000 in funding to support the operation of its Sinhalese Education Workshop in 2017.

Community language schools play an important role in helping young people maintain strong links to their heritage and cultural identity.

I’m proud to support our community language schools and the work of their dedicated volunteers.

Our community’s diversity is one of our great treasures, and this is one way the NSW Government can help in fostering and celebrating that diversity.

BIG SAVINGS ON ENERGY BILLS COMING FOR DUBBO ELECTORATE CUSTOMERS

Residents and small businesses from Lue to Trangie and everywhere in between could receive hundreds of dollars in savings on their energy bills under the NSW Government’s energy package savings scheme, Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said today.

I understand that families, households and businesses find it hard to make ends meet when living pressures pile up.

There is not a single fix but this package will help ease some of the pressure on local households, businesses and families.

The NSW Government is doing everything it can to support families and small businesses to save on their power bills.

The reforms announced this week include;

A 20 per cent increase on energy rebates which will see the Low Income Household rebate increased from $235 to $285 and the Family Energy Rebate increased from $150 to $180, discounts on equipment upgrades for small businesses, to save each business up to $1900 on their yearly bill, discounts for households replacing energy efficient fixed appliances such as lighting and air conditioners, which could lead to bill savings of up to $500 per household a year, discounts for up to 23,000 concession cardholders to save up to 50 per cent on the cost of upgrading old fridges and TVs to energy saving models, saving each household an average of around $200 a year, an end to unnecessary charges from retailers such as fees for paper bill, penalties for retailers who don’t move rebate recipients to a better deal, energy saving upgrades for up to 16,500 public housing clients to assist the state’s most vulnerable, with participating households to save an average of around $360 per year on their bills.

This is the nation’s most comprehensive package to address rising energy bills.

For more information about the Government’s appliance replacement offer visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/households/appliance-replacement-offer.htm.

For more information about the six Government energy rebates visit: http://www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au/energy-consumers/financial-assistance/rebates.

 

Til Next week

 Troy.

 

Matters of State

Friday, September 29, 2017

Daylight saving started at 2am last Sunday and I hope everyone has by now adjusted all their clocks.

As the weather gets warmer, an extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day will enable families and friends to enjoy outdoor activities after work and school. Whether it’s enjoying a hit of cricket in the backyard, going for a swim or dining alfresco.  Many residents of the Dubbo Electorate will relish the opportunity to soak up as much of the warm weather as they can.

DUBBO ELECTORATE URGED TO ‘SHARE THE JOURNEY’ TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH

I urge all members of the Dubbo electorate to check in with friends, family and colleagues during Mental Health Month this October.

In the face of busy lives and conflicting priorities, I encourage all communities in the electorate to focus on mental wellbeing this October, even if we ourselves have not suffered from mental illness. The theme for Mental Health Month 2017 is ‘Share the Journey’, to highlight the importance of social relationships to improve overall mental health.

Maintaining good relationships can improve our ability to cope with life’s challenges and help build resilience in trying times.

Providing the right support and promoting the best possible recovery from mental illness is crucial as 45% of all Australians will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime, and those who don’t will likely know someone who does.

I would like to acknowledge and celebrate the work of organisations and individuals in our communities who are at the forefront of making a difference in the lives of people living with a mental illness.

The NSW Government is investing a record $1.9 billion for mental health funding in the 2017/18 Budget, including an additional $20 million to support the ongoing strengthening of community-based mental health care in NSW.

For details on events and activities being held in the Dubbo Electorate during Mental Health Month this October please visit: www.mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/about-mental-health-month/

If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

For mental health services please contact the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.

TRANCHE C OPEN FOR STRONGER COUNTRY COMMUNITIES FUND

The $200 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is all about investing in local infrastructure projects for rural and regional communities, making them even more vibrant places to live and work. Tranche B which contained Dubbo Regional Council closed on 13th of September and the council has received a multitude of applications. 

Tranche C which contains Mid-Western Regional Council and Narromine Shire Council is now open and I strongly suggest that these councils and local residents to nominate community infrastructure projects to receive funding under the NSW Government’s new Stronger Country Communities Fund.

This funding will go towards projects that the community needs and wants – this is your chance to build or refurbish school facilities, libraries, parks, walking or cycle paths, health centres, country halls and playgrounds.

Although councils will submit all applications to the fund, community groups are strongly encouraged to identify proposals that meet local aspirations and ensure their local councils submit proposals on behalf of the community.

I encourage community groups and residents in Dubbo electorate to also share your ideas for potential projects with me.

The fund will support projects between $100,000 and $1 million, or higher with financial co-contribution and is a once-in-a-generation investment in the infrastructure that will make our towns and regional cities the kinds of places people want to live in, and love to live in.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy long weekend.

Til next week                                                                          

Troy.

Matters of State

Friday, September 22, 2017

It was great to resume another sitting session of parliament last week.  I enjoy representing the great electorate of Dubbo and fighting hard to ensure our community’s needs are met.  I presented and debated a 10,000 signature petition requesting to mandate nurse to patient ratios – including country hospitals in the public health system as well as some speciality units. As the son of a Nurse I know and appreciate the commitment and hard work of all nurses in our hospitalities. I strongly support our nurses and continue to work to ensure our regional communities receive the best healthcare possible.

In addition, Grants (no, my surname Grant) is the word on the street at the moment and the NSW Government has plenty to offer for range of community groups and organisations.

MORE FUNDING TO CELEBRATE OUR MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY

Funding is currently available for local cultural festivals and events that bring the community together.

The NSW Government’s Celebration Grants program provides funding of up to $5000 to not-for-profit community organisations and local councils.

Our community hosts an array of colourful festivals that bring people together in celebration of culture, food and dance.

I encourage local community organisations and Council to apply for a Celebration Grant to support our thriving multicultural calendar.

In June this year, the Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams, announced the 2017 Celebration Grant recipients who shared in more than $252,000.

Applications open three times a year and projects are assessed on how many people are likely to attend, whether the project will benefit intercultural understanding and be cost effective.

Only not-for-profit community organisations and local councils staging festivals and events for the entire community are eligible to apply. Applications close 29 September 2017.

For more information about Celebration Grants and the Multicultural NSW Grants Program, visit http://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/.

SAFE SHOOTING GRANTS AVAILABLE TO CLUBS

Applications are now open for $600,000 in grants to help deliver safe capital upgrades to shooting clubs and ranges across NSW.

The grants will allow clubs and ranges to continue to upgrade their facilities safely and to provide opportunities for the community to participate in the sport.

It is important that the community can practice their sport in a safe environment and the Safe Shooting Program assists in facilitating this.

The 2017-18 grants will increase safety at shooting facilities in NSW as well as during club sponsored activities held away from a club’s permanent base.

The primary focus for the 2017-2018 round of funding is to enable clubs and ranges to connect with the new Firearms and Licensing Communications Online Network (FALCON) system being developed by the NSW Firearms Registry.

These grants help to provide a great opportunity for all clubs and ranges to review and evaluate capital upgrades, and to continue to provide safe and accessible access to clubs and ranges.

Grants are open until 28 October, 2017. For more information and to apply visit sport.nsw.gov.au/grants or phone 13 13 02.

Matters of State

Friday, September 15, 2017

LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING BILL

On Thursday the 21st of September the Voluntary assisted Dying Bill 2017 will be introduced and in the Legislative Council with debate to occur sometime after.  I have been surveying the community on their opinion on the bill since the 10th August.

Since then I have had just under a thousand responses from across the electorate with 54.5% in favour, 40.5% against and 5.1% undecided.  As the bill is being introduced in parliament the survey will be closed on Friday the 22nd of September at 5pm.  I encourage everyone who hasn’t completed a survey to do so to ensure your voice is heard and taken into account when I vote on the bill later this session of parliament.

To vote in the survey visit www.troygrant.com.au or collect a hard copy from my electorate office at 1/18 Talbragar Street, Dubbo.

BONDANGORA WAR MEMORIAL SUPPORTED IN NEW FUNDING FOR ANZAC COMMUNITY PROJECTS

New funding of $175,000 is now available to help communities protect and repair local war memorials and to support projects which commemorate the service of current and former NSW service men and women.

I called for applications in the latest round of the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) and the Anzac Community Grants Program (ACGP).

The CWMF provides grants of up to $10,000 for local war memorial projects, including conservation works and protection. There are two rounds a year each offering $125,000, closing on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

In the latest round, funding supported work at the Bodangora War Memorial near Wellington in our Dubbo Electorate.

Meanwhile, the $50,000 ACGP provides grants of up to $2,000 to schools, community and veterans groups to educate the community on the service and sacrifice of military personnel, support activities benefiting veterans, and engage with the community.

The majority of projects proposed for the latest ACGP round were applications to support Anzac Day commemorative activities.

 I am proud of the NSW Government’s investment in local and state war memorials, which help ensures that the service and sacrifice they represent can be understood.

Applications for both grant programs are open until Remembrance Day, Saturday 11 November 2017. For more information, please visit:

www.veteransnsw.smartygrants.com.au
www.centenaryofanzac.nsw.gov.au

1200 ADDITIONAL SOCIAL AND AFFORDABLE HOMES FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN NSW

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward announced that the Government had now committed to a target of 3400 new social and affordable dwellings through the Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), following 2200 announced in March.

I welcome the announcement and said there will now be the opportunity for more social and affordable housing in the Dubbo Electorate and hoped that local providers would look for opportunities to participate. This second phase of the SAHF will deliver more high-quality homes to those who need them most.

It will also provide tailored support coordination to ensure residents are close to transport, schools, jobs and other essential services so they can be involved in their communities and live more independent lives.

I encourage community housing providers, not for profit organisations, and commercial organisations in the Dubbo Electorate to look for opportunities to participate in the second phase of the SAHF.

The service packages include access to accommodation, asset and tenancy management services, and links to support services.

The NSW Government established the $1.1 billion Social and Affordable Housing Fund using seed capital invested in the Government’s investment arm, NSW Treasury Corporation.

Tenants began moving into houses funded by phase one in May this year.

The Government will begin market sounding to engage with community housing providers, not for profit and commercial organisations in October. 

Until next week

Troy

Maters of State

Friday, June 30, 2017

Morning frosts and fog is part of life this time of year, it also the time of the year for electric blankets and wood fires.

I have released a winter fire safety booklet which will be distributed across the electorate over the next few weeks. The booklet includes a handy winter fire safety checklist and some fire safety tips.

Each winter Fire & Rescue crews attend over 1,200 residential fires in NSW, with 47% of those fires starting in the kitchen. On average 21 people die from house fires each year, a number of these deaths could have been prevented if more attention was paid to fire safety in the home.

Let’s be fire safe this winter. If you would like more information on fire safety visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au and remember in case of emergency dial Triple Zero (000).

NSW SPORT REPRESENTATIVE AWARD

I was honoured last Friday to attend a school assembly at St Pius Primary School in West Dubbo to present young Ella Penman with two NSW Government State representative awards.

This award is presented in recognition of people who represent the State of NSW in a competitive field either nationally or internationally.

Ella represented her school, community and state at both the 2016 Australian Cross Country Championships, and the 2016 School Sport Athletic Championships.

She has made her family, school and community very proud. The Dubbo electorate is home to many up and coming sporting talents across all types of sport.

I congratulate Ella on receiving her awards and wish her well in future sporting events.

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS

The NSW Governments community building program (CBP) is now open for applications and I am encouraging councils, community groups and sporting clubs who have a project in mind to apply for funding.

CBP grants are available for community infrastructure projects that deliver positive outcomes for the community. In past years it has been great to support a wide range of groups from CWA groups, Men’s Sheds, swimming, athletics, cricket and soccer clubs to name a few.

These funds can be used for the building, refurbishment or enhancement of facilities.

Applications are open now, and close on Wednesday 9th August. Visit www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au to read program guidelines, assess your eligibility and apply.

I look forward to announcing successful applications later in the year.

Until next week

Troy

 

Matters of State

Friday, June 23, 2017

BUDGET WRAP UP

Last week the NSW Treasurer handed down the 2017 State Budget. The Dubbo electorate was big winner.

It was smiles all round in Mudgee and surrounds with a multi-million injection breathing life into the new Hospital project. $8 million was committed in the budget to be spent this financial year, this money will boost planning efforts and now a lead design team has been appointed it won’t be long before a shovel is in the ground officially kicking off this exciting project.

The massive redevelopment of Dubbo Hospital had a $43.5 million top up to keep the project rolling along this year. The crane is in the sky and the hard hats are on heads with stages 3 & 4 of the redevelopment going from milestone to milestone.

More great news out of the budget was the Wellington is set to be the location of a Service NSW centre.  This will make it easier for the people of Wellington to access hundreds of government transactions from roads and maritime transactions, to seniors cards applications, Housing NSW payments, fair trading licences, birth certificate applications and hundreds more. Wellington’s Service NSW will also continue to provide driving testing.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo was allocated $7.7 million to continue with their program of enhancements offering visitors a more diverse and fun experience. By boosting the tourism economy we are also boosting our local economies. Tourists stay in our motels, eat in our restaurants and shop in our shops, boosting tourism and tourist attractions has many flow on economic benefits.

Roads were also a big winner in the budget with almost $38 million allocated for works and upgrades on the Golden and Newell Highways and allocation of $972,000 to continue with planning on Dubbo’s new $140 million bridge. Other road maintenance and upgrade projects also received allocations as part of the budget.

We have also announced the establishment of the Regional Growth Fund, this $1.2 Billion fund will stimulate regional economies, including ours, and is designed to provide targeted investment to boost business activity, increase productivity and make a real difference to our communities.

Part of the Regional Growth Fund is a stronger country communities fund which will see $200 million made available over two years, as your local member I will ensure that we don’t miss out on our fair share of this windfall. I will have more to say about this fund over the coming weeks and months.

 

Matters of State

Friday, June 16, 2017

This week a record breaking $100 Million Palliative care package for Regional NSW was announced by Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Parliamentary Secretary for Rural & Regional Health Leslie Williams.

This package delivered by the Nationals & Liberals includes palliative care training for 300  nurses and allied health staff, 300 scholarships for rural and regional staff to enhance palliative care skills, an additional six palliative care specialists in rural and regional areas, two specialist relief positions, 30 additional palliative care nurses providing care in hospitals, homes and nursing homes.

The government is implementing comprehensive and integrated palliative care services in line with community expectations and improving medication management for patients through community pharmacy initiatives.

Rural & Regional Health Parliamentary Secretary Leslie Williams has asked for nurses and other allied health staff to come forward and apply for the training and scholarships, and I encourage our local nurses to consider applying for this vital upskilling opportunity.

I attended the Orana Relay 4 Life earlier this year and publically pledged my support for the “ICare4Palliative Care” campaign. This is a cause very close to many, including Dubbo resident, Susie Hill, who visited my office last week expressing her thanks to me the NSW Government for listening to the community and delivering on a package that will make a difference to lives of many.

 Mrs Hill is a big supporter of the Cancer Council and a passionate advocate for the ICare4Palliative Care campaign. On behalf of the community I would like to thank Susie for her passion and dedication in support of others, without people like her, and the continued advocacy of organisations like Cancer Council NSW, this package may not have become a reality

The NSW Government’s strong economic performance has enabled this record investment in regional palliative care services – an additional $100 million over the next four years, including $17.4 million to be committed in the 2017/18 NSW State Budget.

This time last year Gladys Berejiklian was preparing to deliver the NSW State Budget, little did she know it would be her last, the now Premier of NSW, fresh from her visit to the Dubbo electorate will sit behind the Member for Hawksbury, Dominic Perrottet as he delivers his first budget as our states freshly minted Treasurer.

Regional NSW is already benefiting from the government’s strong economic management, among other key initiatives is the $1 billion investment to secure our water and round three of fixing country roads has just been announced giving councils the chance to get their hands on a share of $100 million to help fix roads, bridges and improve freight hubs which will deliver significant benefits to local communities.

With continued investment by the NSW Government into critical areas such as health, roads, education, infrastructure and continued improvement of service delivery to our communities, I am glad to say that the future of our region is bright.

Until next week

Troy

 

 

Matters of State

Friday, June 02, 2017

Last Friday Dubbo welcomed the 45th Premier of NSW the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian which gave me opportunity to showcase our wonderful electorate. The Premier was given a tour of the award winning Taronga Western Plains Zoo, visited many local businesses that are integral to our community and made two major announcements for Dubbo that ensures the town will continue to thrive into the future.  

BUILDING A BRIDGE TO GET OVER IT

The Premier and I announced a preferred route that has been selected for a new bridge to cross the Macquarie River at Dubbo.

This project will ensure Dubbo has an extra flood-free river crossing and will also improve access to future development in west Dubbo.

The project will also reduce peak hour traffic delays currently being experienced at the Newell and Mitchell Highway intersection by upgrading the intersection from a roundabout to traffic lights,”

The preferred option chosen through extensive community consultation involves a new intersection at Thompson Street and the Newell Highway, a new road along the western river bank, and a new bridge which will join the Newell Highway at River Street in north Dubbo.

Roads and Maritime will now begin work on the concept design and environmental approvals with the community and stake holders, including Dubbo Regional Council, having the opportunity to provide feedback next year.

A number of drop in sessions are being held where the community can view the preferred option and speak with the project team and I encourage everyone to attend.

Drop in sessions will be held on

  • Saturday 3 June from 8am to 12pm at Dubbo Farmers Markets;
  • Thursday 8 June from 10am – 2pm at the Band Rotunda in Macquarie Street;
  • Wednesday 14 June from 12.30pm to 4.30pm at Dubbo City Centre;
  • Friday 23 June from 10am to 2pm at Orana Mall in front of Connor Clothing; 
  • Monday 26 June from 12pm to 4pm at Orana Mall in front of Connor Clothing;

More information on the project can be viewed at www.rms.work/dubbobridge

$10 Million MAKES THE CANCER CENTRE A REALITY

I’m proud we are able to deliver this comprehensive care for Dubbo by pleading $10 million for Dubbo’s Integrated Cancer Centre, on top of the $241 million already committed by the NSW government to upgrade Dubbo Hospital and make sure this commitment becomes a reality.

The Integrated Cancer Centre will include a PET CT Scanner for cancer diagnostics, a bunker for radiation therapy, 16 chemotherapy treatment spaces and a master planned area to future proof the space for a second radiation therapy bunker.

Western NSW Local Health District has undertaken extensive work to identify the future cancer service requirements for the area.

Stages 3 and 4 are already well underway and include a new Emergency Department and Short Stay Unit, Medical Imaging Unit, critical care floor comprising of Coronary Care, Intensive Care, Cardiac Catheter Laboratory, In-patient, renal dialysis, Ambulatory Care, front of house entry and drop-off zone. Upgrades will also be carried out to the old Maternity Unit for administration services and Medical Records.

There will also be an upgrade to women’s and children’s community health and additional parking on campus.

BUYING A HOME IN THE BUSH JUST GOT BETTER

The recently announced comprehensive package of measures by the NSW Government to support to support first homebuyers by providing stamp duty exemptions, boosting housing supply aims to preserve the Australian dream of owning a home. 

The far reaching changes could save first homebuyers up to $34,360. The package includes:

  • Abolishing all stamp duty for first homebuyers on existing and new homes up to $650,000 and stamp duty discounts up to $800,000. These changes, to be introduced on July 1 2017, will provide savings of up to $24,740 for first homebuyers;
  • Abolishing the stamp duty charged on lenders’ mortgage insurance, which is often required by banks to lend to first homebuyers with limited deposits, providing a saving of around $2,900 on an $800,000 property;
  • Doubling the foreign investor surcharge from 4 per cent to 8 per cent on stamp duty and 0.75 per cent to 2 per cent on land tax;
  • Removing stamp duty concessions for investors purchasing off the plan;
  • Committing $3 billion in infrastructure funding from Government, councils and developers to accelerate the delivery of new housing;

Whilst the package brings much needed change to ease the housing crisis currently in Sydney it makes buying a first home in regional NSW an easier and more attractive task.

I have always said that my electorate of Dubbo is the best place to live in our state and this package only increases its attractiveness.

This is great news for Dubbo’s first home buyers and regional communities will greatly benefit from this initiative.

#BringTheLogiesToDubbo

Last week I was delighted to see the #BringTheLogiesToDubbo campaign formalised, as Destination NSW submitted a formal expression of interest to bring TV’s night of nights to regional NSW.

I am enormously proud to call Dubbo home and I am confident we could put on a great show. We all have a role to play as ambassadors for our great regional city. Let’s not sell ourselves short.

Get behind the campaign to put Dubbo on the map.

Till next week

Troy

 

Matters of State

Friday, May 26, 2017

The NSW economy received some good news last week with the release of unemployment data showing that unemployment in NSW fell to 4.7 per cent in April.

This figure confirms NSW’s unemployment rate has been lower than the rest of the nation for 23 consecutive months. Data also shows that jobs in Regional NSW are on the rise.

Since the 2015 election more than 58,000 jobs have been created in regional NSW, a staggering 40 per cent of all jobs created across the state in that period. NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, said this week that regional NSW is outstripping other states in job creation, almost triple the entire number of jobs created in WA, SA and Tasmania combined.

The unemployment rate in NSW (4.7%) is the lowest it has been since 2012, a great result for the state and most importantly the regions.

YOUNG REGIONAL ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING

Supporting local talent is part of the NSW Governments ‘Create in NSW’ policy framework that is creating partnerships and guiding investment to grow a thriving arts and cultural sector.

Young artists aged between 18 and 25 can now apply for one of twenty five Young Regional Artist Scholarships. Each scholarship will offer a grant of $10,000 to help or progress artistic experience and development covering all art forms, including dance, design arts, history, aboriginal art, literature, music and visual arts to name a few.

Our region is home to incredible talent and the government is committed to finding exceptional artists and helping them to progress. Applications are open until June 19, 2017.

For more information email arts.funding@arts.nsw.gov.au

JOURNEY TOWARDS ZERO

It has been just over a year since we launched the ‘Towards Zero’ campaign, a campaign focused on bringing down the states road toll. The first half of last year saw a 24 per cent increase in our road toll, that’s 39 more lives lost on our roads during the same time period in 2015.

Each year more than 12,000 people are also seriously injured on our roads. The figures are staggering and that’s why the Government introduced ‘Towards Zero’.

From June last year to the end of April 2017 we’ve actually seen a 6 per cent reduction in deaths on our roads. It is pleasing that our approach is working and that we are saving lives.

NSW Police reported that over the Easter long week end, more than 7,500 people were booked for doing the wrong thing.

As part of the Government’s commitment to improving safety in country areas, we have worked with NSW Police and will be rolling out 18 sprinter vans across the state to focus on RBT and mobile drug testing.

We know people in country areas are almost five more times likely to be killed in a crash. These sprinter vans will help reduce this risk as part of our approach to reducing road trauma.

Our region hasn’t been free from serious and fatal road incidents. Before you hit the road and put your foot down, think of your friends and family as every death on our roads is one too many.

Stay safe

Until next week

Troy


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