NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was in the Central West this week, visiting communities in Dubbo, Wellington, Mudgee and Gulgong.
Accompanied by Police Minister and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant MP, Ms Berejiklian took the time to speak with locals in between major announcements and a special award presentation.
Inland Waterways President Matthew Hansen was presented with a Community Service Award for his years of work in the region.
Ms Berejiklian and Mr Grant also turned the sod on the $250 million redevelopment of Dubbo Hospital and the new $70 million Mudgee Hospital, as well as unveiling the designs for the new $35 million Western Cancer Centre in Dubbo.
Mr Grant said the investment ensured Mudgee and the surrounding areas would have the critical health services the community required now and well into the future, thanking everyone involved in making it a reality.
They also visited Wellington and Gulgong, presenting $10,000 to the Henry Lawson Museum in Gulgong and enjoying street walks through both Mudgee and Gulgong.
Speaking to the media, Ms Berejiklian had nothing but praise for Gulgong and Mr Grant’s work in his electorate.
“Troy Grant has been a very strong advocate for the hospital and getting to be here for the turn of the first sod is fantastic,” Ms Berejiklian said. “[Gulgong] is a special place in NSW and in Australia. Everyone who lives and works in this town should be proud of its history and where it’s going in the future.”
The Premier then travelled to Bathurst where she announced $79,254 from the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund for Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.