Matters of State:

It was a great privilege to attend a ceremony last week at Parliament House that honoured Justices of the Peace (JPs) who’ve attained 50 years of service.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant, William Bleechmore and NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman. Photo: COMTRIBUTED

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant, William Bleechmore and NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman. Photo: COMTRIBUTED

I would particularly like to congratulate local resident William Bleechmore, whom has attained this remarkable achievement providing half a century of service as a JP.

As a JP Mr Bleechmore has played an important part in the legal system and in our community by helping hundreds of people at key moments in their lives.

I am also pleased to report last week the latest data of labour force indicators and trends across NSW regions became available.

The youth unemployment rate in the Far West & Orana region was the lowest in the state at 4.8 per cent.

With the state average of youth unemployment at 10.7 per cent, this is a great result for the Dubbo Electorate and the Orana region.


I am encouraging organisations in the Dubbo electorate to take advantage of the NSW Government’s 2018 Grandparents Day event grants, to show grandparents and seniors how valuable they are to the community.

A share of $200,000 is available for organisations across NSW to host events that engage seniors of all ages and abilities.

These events can be held on or around Grandparents’ Day, to be celebrated on Sunday October 28th this year.

Grandparents are true stars in our community, devoting their time and supporting their families and friends near and far.

Last year the NSW Government doubled the amount of funding available, giving organisations more opportunities to deliver better quality events that reach more local residents.

I encourage local businesses, schools and councils in the region to start thinking about what valuable experiences they can offer grandparents and seniors to say thanks for all that they do.

More than 200,000 grandparents in our state give almost 13 hours of unpaid, informal care for children each week and we don’t want this selfless service to go unnoticed.

Applications for the 2018 NSW Grandparents Day event grants program are open until midday on Friday 15th of June 2018.

For the criteria, or to apply, visit


Last week was Privacy Awareness Week (PAW), each year it takes on greater significance as technology evolves and people place more personal information online.

As we conduct an increasing amount of business and socialising online, we must be vigilant about reviewing social media privacy settings.

It also pays to choose complex passwords and take care when using public computers to access personal information.

PAW reminded us of the importance of safeguarding our privacy, particularly as new technology enables faster and easier collection, analysis and sharing of information.

The NSW Government is aware of the need for legislation to evolve with technology in our rapidly changing world.

For more information about privacy protection, visit

Until next time


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