STRONGER COUNTRY COMMUNITIES
I would like to remind Council and residents across the Dubbo Regional Council area the applications for the NSW Governments Stronger Country Communities fund close on September 13. This fund is supporting rural and regional communities and is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for regional communities to benefit from significant investment in community infrastructure. This is community driven with individuals and community groups encouraged to develop proposals with council. The fund will support infrastructure projects such as building or refurbishing school facilities, rest rooms, libraries, parks, walking and cycle pathways, health centres, country halls, swimming pools and showgrounds. The Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the State Governments $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to improve economic growth and productivity by investing in regional communities like ours. For those living in the Narromine Shire and Mid-Western Regional Council areas your chance to submit applications for funding open on September 20 and close on October 18. I encourage any individual or community group with a project in mind to contact council sooner rather than later.
VOLUNTARY ASSISSTED DYING BILL SURVEY
On July 10 I announced that I will survey the community before considering my position of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017. For some time now the issue of euthanasia and voluntary assisted dying has been a hot topic of debate and discussion for our nation. The survey results to date stand at 51.9% in favour of the bill, 42.7% opposed to the bill and 5.4% of people are undecided. I made a commitment that I would consult with the community before considering and voting on this Bill. I urge everyone who has an opinion on this key piece of legislation to complete the survey over the coming weeks.