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Winter Break

Monday, June 25, 2012

As another Parliamentary sitting period draws to a close I am looking forward to spending more time in the electorate dealing with the issues that deserve close attention. While representing you in State Parliament is an important and necessary part of the job, I derive greater satisfaction from the close engagement with my electorate that the winter break affords me. I intend making the most of this time before Parliament resumes in mid August to listen and learn from your experiences and will use the information to help inform the decisions I make. That is not to say that the time spent in Sydney raising issues on your behalf has not been of great benefit. I have utilised the opportunity to provided by Private Members Statements each week to bring to the Parliaments attention a range of local issues and events that deserve wider recognition than they would otherwise receive. For instance following the success of the Trundle Ball held to coincide with the 100th anniversary of its famous hotel, I paid tribute to the event. Recently I thanked volunteers at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base in Dubbo as part of National Volunteer Week in May and helped to officially launch the Outback Oral Treatment and Health program. I also had the pleasure of helping to open the Tracker Riley Cycleway extension in Dubbo which links two parts of Dubbo divided by water. I used the opportunity to pay tribute to the Shibble family who were long-time landholders of an adjoining property. I made mention of the Dubbo Ducks Swimming Club who hosted the AIF Carnival for the third time attracting over 400 servicemen and non-servicemen competing in events. Dubbo reaped an economic benefit from having hundreds of these visitors spending the weekend in our beautiful city. I regaled my colleagues with stories from my visit to Parkes, which doubled in size, when it played host to the Elvis Festival back in January when thousands of die hard Elvis fans from around the globe made the journey to take part in the celebration of the life of the King of Rock and Roll. I drew attention to the history of Australia's colonial era in Eugowra, home to the nation's biggest gold robbery. The Gold Escort Hold Up on the 15th of June 1862 is an important event, not just in Eugowra’s history, but for the Australian national identity involving Infamous bushrangers, Frank Gardiner, Ben Hall and their gang. I spent a weekend in May on the back of the horse assisting the ringmaster during a wide range of events at the Dubbo Show. It's been a while since I rode a horse but I was honoured to take part in what's known as one of the major agricultural shows in the state. I participated in the 35th birthday celebrations at the Taronga Western where almost eight million people have passed through its gates. These are just a handful of the many local stories that I have mentioned in Parliament. I intend using the coming weeks to visit different parts of the electorate holding meetings with constituents gaining a firsthand understanding of what needs attention in the immediate area. I will also attend a large number of community events and hope to meet many of you on my trips around the electorate.

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