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Matters of State

Monday, September 17, 2018

It was fantastic to be able to announce with the Deputy Premier $9.3 million in funding last week, for stage one of the $44.5 million Western Region Institute of Sport. This funding is amazing in realizing the dream to build a regional sports and wellness hub, which will have an indoor sports centre at its heart, giving local and elite athletes a premium space to train and perform. This will not only benefit Dubbo but the entire western district, it will mean kids will be able to stay in their country home and their country schools with their mates but still have the best of facilities and the best of coaching without having to move to Sydney.


Last week I welcomed the NSW Government’s landmark business incentive and support package that will ignite investment and create jobs in regional NSW.

The Investment Attraction Package for Regional NSW will boost the number of businesses moving to regional NSW towns by giving businesses incentives, cutting planning red tape and providing grants to skilled workers.

This is a great initiative that will proactively seek out businesses and showcase to them the benefits of moving to areas like the Dubbo, Mudgee or Narromine.

Increasing the number of businesses and skilled workers in the region means more jobs will have the beneficial flow on effect of creating more work for our local suppliers, tradies, retailers, restaurants and cafes as well as the opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy diverse cultures.

The Investment Attraction Package features region investment attraction fund of $20 million in grants and interest free loans targeted at offsetting government levies and duties, such as payroll tax to eligible business that want to invest and grow in regional NSW, which will lead to new jobs.

Skills Relocation Assistance of $10 million in grants of up to $10,000 per eligible skilled worker to help meet the cost of moving from the city to the country, such as furniture removal and temporary accommodation for up to three months.

Investment concierge supporting business investing in or moving to regional NSW, working with an appointed Regional Investment Coordinator to provide easy access to incentives, smooth the planning process, help lodge applications and liaise with government departments.

For more information about the Package contact the Investment Concierge service at


Event organisers in the region holding events between January and June 2019 are encouraged to apply for the NSW Government’s Flagship Event Funding, which is now open.

The 2019 Fund will be offered in two rounds per year and with just a single application process.

The NSW Government is continuing to reduce the red tape and for the first time, event organisers no longer have to submit an expression of interest when applying for the Flagship Event Fund.

The change means a more streamlined application process, making it quicker for events in the region to access vital funds and boost tourism in our local economies.

Events can apply for an annual grant of $20,000 or a triennial grant of $27,500 to help market and promote their event to visitors outside of their local area.

The Regional Flagship Events Program is managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Applications for Round One of the 2019 Flagship Event Fund close on Monday 8 October 2018. To lodge an application visit

Until next week


Matters of State

Monday, September 10, 2018

Last Friday was Braveheart’s national White Balloon Day, Australia’s only national awareness and fundraising campaign dedicated to preventing child sexual assault. White Balloon Day is about breaking the silence and empowering children and young people to speak out and speak up if they feel unsafe. Braveheart’s offer specialised support, education and training services for children, families, schools, childcare centres and organisations. For more information on how you can support Braveheart’s go to


Farming communities facing pressure in the wake of severe drought conditions will have access to 20 new ‘farm gate’ counsellors and frontline mental health workers as part of a $6.3 million commitment from the NSW Government.

More people in Western NSW will now have access to additional mental health supports thanks to an injection of funding by the State Government.

Every day I am getting reports of grief and loss from within our farming communities in the wake of severe and ongoing drought conditions.

It is often difficult to seek help when living in remote and rural areas, and this new funding will link people struggling with their mental health into services appropriate to their needs.

Western NSW was successful in receiving $1.9 million over two years for a ‘farm gate’ counselling and support program as part of the NSW Government’s Emergency Drought Relief Package.

The program will enable engagement and counselling services to occur at the point of need, providing support for issues related to mental health, drug and alcohol use for those who live in drought-affected areas.

The support team will include a senior counsellor and peer workers and increasing peer workforce within rural communities will assist in reducing stigma associated with mental illness and provide hope to people, demonstrating recovery is possible.

Funding over the next two years will ensure individuals, families and businesses have access to 44,000 hours of crucial mental health support close to home.

For crisis support please phone Lifeline on 13 11 14. For more information on mental health services in your community contact the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 or visit for rural mental health information.


Community organisations looking to build new or upgrade current facilities are encouraged to apply for funding from the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program.

This funding can make a real difference to the local community, either by providing new or improved sporting or cultural facilities, or by protecting local residents in emergency situations.

This year will see the NSW Government complete its commitment to invest $50 million into community infrastructure projects across NSW in four years.

The funding is provided through the Clubgrants Category 3 program, which receives a contribution from registered clubs’ gaming machine profits to benefit local communities.

Funding ranges are $50,000 to $200,000 for arts and culture, $100,000 to $200,000 for emergency preparedness and $100,000 to $300,000 for sport and recreation.

Applications for the current round of Infrastructure Grants are open from 3 to 24 September.

For more information including details on how to apply for grants, visit

Until next week


Matters of State

Monday, September 03, 2018

After months and months of waiting I was very pleased to hear that the Mudgee Return and Earn machine is finally up and running at Jubilee Park, thank you to the community for your patience. In Dubbo more than eight million containers have been returned to the two reverse vending machines at the Delroy Park Shops and Victoria Park and another two million to the reverse vending machine in Wellington. Return and Earn is the state’s largest litter reduction initiative and it already having a positive impact with the latest litter figures showing that eligible container little volume has dropped 33% since November 2017.


I am encouraging the community to apply for the enhanced multicultural grants program.

The NSW Government is investing more money into multicultural festivals and events that celebrate our local communities and bring us together.

One of the best ways to celebrate our diversity, experience new cultures and forge new connections is to attend the many festivals and events held in our local community.

Applications are now open for up to $10,000 to support our local festivals and events and I encourage all eligible community organisations to apply.

Multicultural NSW event grants have previously supported community Harmony Day celebrations, art, music and film festivals and sporting events.

Celebrating Diversity event grants are now open and will close 5pm Friday, 28 September 2018.

For more information about the Multicultural NSW Grants Program, and to apply for the events go to


Our emergency service workers are out there every day protecting and keeping us safe. Our police, fire fighters, ambulance officers, emergency and rescue volunteers do difficult and dangerous work for our community.

That’s why we announced a new road rule, in April, requiring all motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying blue or red flashing lights.

The new rule commenced on Saturday the 1st of September and will be trialled for 12 months.

The new rule applies to motorists when an emergency vehicle is stopped and has its red or blue lights flashing.

In addition to slowing to 40km/h, motorists will be required to give way to any person on foot in the immediate vicinity of the emergency vehicle and not increase their speed until they are at a sufficient distance past the vehicle so as not to cause a danger to any person in the vicinity.

Motorists who ignore the rule will face a $448 fine and loss of 3 demerit points.

A community education and communication campaign has been rolled out across NSW. The campaign includes television, radio, and social media advertising and will continue after to reinforce driver awareness.

The new rule provides certainty for drivers about how they should behave when emergency vehicles are stationary on the road and displaying blue and red flashing lights.

Until next week


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