Fighting for the communities we care for
State-building and job creation projects are a vital role for any responsible government and the NSW Nationals are focussed on delivering projects to Regional NSW that will make our communities stronger for decades to come.
There are new and exciting projects being built right across Regional NSW with more money rolling out every week to build roads, upgrade airports, improve water security, boost regional tourism and improve our vital services.
Road projects like the Appleby Lane upgrade outside Tamworth are improving freight access across Northeast NSW making it safer and more efficient for B-Doubles to pass through the region.
Regional hospitals across NSW are getting a facelift to make sure communities like Lismore, under its current redevelopment, makes healthcare more accessible and give local workers like 27 year old mature age apprentice, Grace Gibson, the skills to build a prosperous career in regional NSW.
We have a once in a generation opportunity to upgrade our roads so our children can travel safely to school, expand our hospitals so families don’t have to travel to Sydney for treatment and invest in job creating projects to attract the best and brightest workers to our regional cities. These are the large scale projects that regional communities deserve.
At the same time as being part of a government that believes in strong economic management the NSW Nationals also have a proud track record of fighting for local projects that are the backbone of a thriving community, because we live and work in Regional NSW.
Over the past fortnight while I was in my home electorate of the Monaro I had the great privilege to share my family’s famous lasagne dish during a dinner I hosted for the town of Delegate. And I can tell you it takes a lot tomatoes, meat and pasta to feed a small town! But we know living in regional communities, if you cook a meal there will always be someone there to help with the washing up.
It is a fantastic membership to be part of a regional community where support networks are always there to lend a hand.
That’s why, sometimes, local funding announcements for schools, clubs and services are just as important to me as the major state building projects for our highways, hospitals and airports.
I am proud to read about local members like Paul Toole who upon the opening of the Great Western Highway (GWH) upgrade at Kelso in the Central West, asked Roads Minister Melinda Pavey to investigate the opportunity for further upgrades to the GWH at Raglan.
The NSW Government has achieved a lot in Government over the last 6 years but as we approach the midterm mark of this term in Government it is obvious that we can do more.
While visiting the Monaro in the last fortnight, Niall Blair didn’t miss an opportunity to go for a fish in the iconic Snowy’s at Lake Eucumbene and join me to make a combined announcement with Snowy Hydro of $88,600 to continue to support recreational fishing around our great lakes. While we caught a beer at the Cooma pub later that evening during a ‘Pollies in the Pub’ session, unfortunately for Niall I think that was all he caught that day!
Over the last week in the Monaro I was also able to announce funding for the Adaminaby Bowling and Sports Club, YMCA Cooma Youth Café Project, Monaro Equestrian Association and Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre.
These announcements are more than just cheques. They are an investment in the fabric of our local communities and our future generations.