It is in unfortunate circumstances that I write to you from the Leader’s Desk this week. I know I speak for everyone when I say we are all extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Troy’s mum. Losing someone is one of the hardest situations most of us will go through. It is challenging, it is heartbreaking, and it takes time to come to terms with. Our thoughts are with Troy and his family during this extremely difficult time.
Doing things for the Bush is our shared goal
We are members of the Nationals because we care about the bush and want to ensure our families and communities are afforded the same opportunities as the rest of the state.
Every child in the state no matter if they live in Bondi or Broken Hill has returned to school with a set of flashing lights. This helps save young lives and ensures parents can drop their children at school with the comfort of knowing they are better protected.
This week we’ll open another Fixing Country Roads project, this time in Bathurst. These projects are crucial to ensuring we get essential goods and services into and out of our communities in a more cost effective way. I’m pleased to tell you we’ll also be announcing the successful projects for Round Two in the next few months.
Of course, this initiative and others are in addition to the ongoing timber bridge and road upgrades we are delivering right across the state which are making our regional roads safer and bringing them up to the standard our communities need and deserve. This includes pumping billions of dollars into major regional road corridors, like the Newell, Great Western, Golden, Silver City, Cobb, New England, Oxley and Riverina highways.
What’s more, after five years in office we have already stripped away layers of red tape that mushroomed under 16 years of Labor indifference, including numerous travel and width concessions for the transport of wool, hay, straw, cotton and silage. We are now investigating how we can potentially improve the distance a tractor can travel between farms under a concessional registration.
We know more always needs to be done but you can be assured we’re having a ‘red hot crack’.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out on our travels in your local area this year. I hope to catch up and have a chat with as many of you as I can.