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Monday, July 02, 2012

I had the opportunity to fulfil a long held childhood ambition last week to rub shoulders with some of the Legends of Rugby League, many of whom I idolised as a youngster. Max Krilich, David Peachey, Ronnie Gibbs, Chris Anderson, Terry Fahey, Chris Mortimer, Steve Ella, Nathan Blacklock, Mark McGaw and Andrew Ryan were on hand in Dubbo to support and encourage Indigenous school leavers and job seekers to apply themselves to their studies in order to secure jobs and in turn become champions of their community and personally. The 2012 NSW Origin Legends Learn Earn Legend! Indigenous Jobs Market attracted over 50 stalls offering career advice and training options to match Indigenous jobseekers with education and employment opportunities. It was heartening to see the enthusiasm the presence of these champion footballers of the past engendered among the young jobseekers.  After a long Parliamentary stretch it's been rewarding to spend some time in the electorate helping address local issues. I have spent a large portion of the week meeting with constituents in the office canvassing a range of issues including access to disability services, education, public housing, crown lands, water allocations, law and order and public health matters. I do my best to accommodate constituent requests around the Parliamentary sitting program. I was pleased to learn that further progress is being made over the implementation of improved health services in the Lachlan region. Last week representatives from Health Infrastructure and project consultants were on site at the Lachlan Health Service in Parkes and Forbes to undertake site inspections at both hospital campuses. The project team will visit both towns to evaluate the suitability of the existing campuses and other greenfield sites. The NSW Government has committed to a redeveloped hospital for Parkes and a refurbishment of Forbes Hospital with $2.3 million allocated to planning in the 2012-2013 Budget. I showed my support last week towards an initiative that is working towards sustainably exploiting the regions natural assets in order to provide jobs, attract tourists and create active communities. The Macquarie River Trails initiative was launched about six months ago and last week its glove box guide describing over 100 things to do in the region extending from Lake Burrendong to the Macquarie marshes was launched in Dubbo. The handy sized guide includes a range of activities such as nature trails and cycle tracks, accommodation, food and beverage places, tourist attractions and maps. Diversifying our economic base is so important for the future of rural NSW.  The forecast is that if the Macquarie River Trails initiative can generate a 15% increase in visitation this will see a boost of approximately $33 million of expenditure per year in the region - flowing through into about 330 new full time equivalent jobs in the first three years.

By now you should have received my latest edition of the Soapbox Newsletter in your mailboxes. It highlights some of the ways that the NSW Government has been working for you in Parliament and across the electorate. It includes information on what election commitments the NSW Liberal-Nationals Government has achieved what Ministers have visited our electorate, local projects who have received funding through various State Government programs and a picture gallery showing some of the wonderful people I have met whilst travelling around the electorate to participate in various events. I hope you find enjoyment and relevant information in the Soapbox.




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