Matters of State | First line of defence

Hand washing is one of the first lines of defence against the flu, so to help fight the flu this winter come and collect your free hand sanitiser from my office. 

Prevention: The message is simple get your flu shot early, cough into your elbow, wash your hands regularly and stay at home if you’re sick.

Prevention: The message is simple get your flu shot early, cough into your elbow, wash your hands regularly and stay at home if you’re sick.

Levelling the playing field

Three Preschools in the region will receive up to $7000 to help increase the number of Aboriginal children and disadvantaged children participating in quality early childhood education in the year before school, as part of the NSW Government’s Community Grants program.

Preschools including Mudgee Preschool and Wellington Community Children’s Centre were successful in receiving funding. Grants like these go a long way in communities across Dubbo and I am proud the Liberals and Nationals are investing in these initiatives that support our community preschools and the families that use these services.

The Community Grants are flexible and preschools can use the funding for specific individual needs, like transport initiatives for remote parts of the electorate, providing regular healthy breakfasts or new equipment like backpacks for children.

Children have so much to gain from participating in quality early education- so programs like this where we can make preschool services more affordable and accessible for families is a no brainer for me.

Since the Start Strong program was introduced the NSW Liberals and Nationals have already seen average daily fees reduced by 25 percent and participation rates increase by a huge 40 per cent, and we are committed to continuing this positive trend.

Teach Rural

Students to benefit from more teachers in regional areas. The first cohort of graduates of the teach Rural Scholarship program will commence work in the state’s public schools across regional and remote NSW this month.

The teach Rural program, part of the NSW Government’s $60 million Rural and Remote Education Human Resources Strategy, offers grants to university students in teacher education courses to subsidise their studies on the condition they teach in a public school in regional NSW for at least three years.

Not only does this program give regional students access to top quality educators, it also gives teachers from the city the opportunity to experience all that is great about regional NSW and the benefits of living in a rural community.

Applications for the 2018 round of Teach Rural open on June 18. Already, 150 NSW public schools are to benefit from the enhanced incentives and initiatives offered to teachers. Visit

Until next week, Troy