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Matters Of State - October 2 2018

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

It was a pleasure to be at the announcement last week of a cricket tour being organised by the Baggy Blues, an organisation set up for past and present NSW players.

The organisation has teamed up with the Centre for Rural Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) to deliver life-saving mental health messages to multiple locations across NSW.

The tour will visit Dubbo on November 22 to hold a celebrity cricket match, a cricket clinic for 8-17 year olds, and deliver a mental health workshop.

“Cricket brings our community together, and these matches will not only be great day out for the whole family but an important way for our rural mental health teams to reach those who need support,” Mr Grant said. 

“If you notice changes in someone’s behaviour, either in yourself or those around you, reach out and encourage that person to take the first step and see their GP.”

Earlier this month the NSW Government committed $6.3 million over two years to boost rural mental health supports. Part of the funding will provide 20 new ‘farm gate’ counsellors and frontline mental health workers.

If you, or someone you know, needs crisis support phone Lifeline on 13 11 14, and for local mental health services call 1800 011 511.

To find out more about the Baggy Blues Tour contact your local cricket association or visit


Keeping with the sporting theme, it was tremendous to see so much activity at Apex Oval on the long weekend for the 48th NSW Aboriginal Knockout.

I took some time to head up and watch some of the action at the carnival, which is a brilliant blend of sport and culture.

Thanks to last year’s winners, the Newcastle Yowies, for electing to bring the event to Dubbo, and congratulations to all of this year’s winners.

I hope everyone from outlying areas enjoyed their visit to the Dubbo electorate and took in the fabulous things we have to offer.


I would like to congratulate Lucy White on her appointment as the new General Manager of the Destination Country and Outback NSW Tourism Network.

Lucy’s task will be to guide and assist the organisation’s board in the growth of the tourism industry in the largest of the six NSW Government Tourism Networks.
She replaces Rhonda Taylor, who has been the Acting General Manager while advertising for a permanent General Manager went ahead. 

For the past two years, Lucy has been the Bathurst Regional Council destination manager and is currently a board member of the peak tourism industry body, Australian Regional Tourism (ART). 

Lucy will commence in the Dubbo Headquarters of Destination Country and Outback on October 8 and brings 22 years of tourism industry experience from previous positions held in local and regional tourism organisations within the central west.
Destination Country and Outback Network covers 61.2 per cent of the State. 

It extends from Tenterfield in the north, to Oberon and Cowra in the south, and from Lithgow in the east out to Broken Hill in the west, and offers an incredible diversity of visitor experiences, precincts and places to attract visitors from across Australia and overseas.


It was announced during the week that $500,000 worth of grants are now available to combat illegal dumping in the local area through the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Combating Illegal Dumping Clean up and Prevention Program.

The program is available to councils, public land managers and community groups to establish illegal dumping baseline data, and to clean-up and prevent illegal dumping through the installation of gates, signs, surveillance cameras and fencing. 

This significantly contributes to the Government’s target of reducing illegal dumping by 30% by 2020.

More information is available at

Until Next Week


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