NSW Nationals Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries has announced Aboriginal health services in the Far West will remain operational during power outages, thanks to an $80,000 grant.

While Maari Ma is based in Broken Hill, it provides important primary health services to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people from surrounding areas, including Wilcannia, Menindee and Ivanhoe.

“When temperatures soar in these regional communities, it isn’t uncommon to see power outages as a result,” Mr Humphries said. “This means doctors are unable to access electronic medical records or provide even basic treatments. The new generator will provide continuity of care for people in these isolated communities, and will also offer a refuge for the elderly during extreme heat if they don’t have air-conditioned homes.”

The project was funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program where more than $50 million in funding is being provided during this current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture.