Adam Marshall’s Week that Was
Education Minister visits Moree schools
It was a pleasure to welcome Education Minister Adrian Piccoli to the region this week where he visited Moree East Public School and Moree Secondary College Carol Avenue campus as part of a tour around NSW Connected Communities schools. At Moree East School, the Minister was very keen to check on the progress of the $14 million redevelopment which will be completed by October next year.
The works are on schedule and look amazing with the first two classrooms to be handed to the school for use before Christmas. We were also able to speak with students, staff, community members and organisations which have partnered with the school to provide additional programs in the community. I’m looking forward to going back early next year to see the learning spaces in action.
At Moree Secondary College’s Carol Avenue campus, the Minister was shown the work students have been doing in their new Eco Garden; he met the Clontarf boys and girls from Sista Speak and was given a presentation on the Babbler project and the new super skills course the school has initiated. I continue to be very impressed by the college’s approach to delivery of curriculum in a flexible way to suit the needs of its students.
The Minister also met with all public, independent and catholic school principals from the district.
Push for funding for Inverell Sport Complex upgrade
I was pleased this week to give my wholehearted support to the Inverell Shire Council’s application for $930,000 in funding from the NSW Government ClubGRANTS for a $1.18 million upgrade of the Inverell Sports Complex. The grounds are used year round by 11 different sporting associations and player numbers are increasing rapidly.
The project will include an upgrade to irrigation and drainage; the installation of lighting on the soccer fields and netball courts; a club house; a track and field facility and a mobile grandstand with a capacity to seat 500 people.
Inverell’s application was one of only 35 from across the state to make it through the Expression of Interest (EOI) stage, from a field of 413 initial applicants. Council will now submit a more detailed full application. I commend Council on getting this far with their application and I will fully support this push to upgrade this very important community asset.
Moree workshop to help secure $14 million Murray Darling Basin funding
I’m encouraging Moree district businesses and not-for-profit organisations in particular, as well as Moree Plains Shire Council, to attend a workshop hosted by the Small Business Commissioner. The workshop has been designed to these organisations apply for funding in Round Two of the Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program.
The Australian and NSW Government’s has allocated a further $14.1 million to assist regional communities most impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and the workshop will help applicants develop a strong application and provide support and advice on the funding streams.
Our region has been impacted more than most other parts of the basin and following the disappointing round one outcome, I am very confident funds will be distributed to many worthwhile projects in the northern basin in this round.
The workshop will be held at the Moree Services Club, 3 Albert Street on Thursday, 10 December and will be hosted by the Office of the Small Business Commissioner. For more information please visit www.industry.nsw.gov.au/murraydarlingfund
Go Fishing fund day at Ebor this Sunday
I would like to encourage people to head out to the Dutton Trout Hatchery at Ebor on Sunday to participate in the inaugural NSW Go Fishing Day which is aimed at promoting good angling practices.
Activities on Sunday include free ‘try fishing’ sessions for beginner adults and children 5 years old and over, goodie bags with lots of ‘fishy’ giveaways, casting competitions and expert advice from DPI fisheries staff. For anyone travelling outside the region, there will also be free local seafood tastings at Coffs Harbour, Kurnell and Nowra and educational fish hatchery tours at Jindabyne and Narrandera.
If anglers can’t make it out to Ebor on Sunday, they can still join in and go in the draw to win one of 50 high quality rod and reel fishing combos. To participate, just take a photo of you fishing or collecting litter from your local fishing spot in NSW on 6 December and email it to [email protected] More information can be found at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries or by phoning 4424 7421.
Celebrating International Day of People with Disability
Yesterday we celebrated International Day of People with Disability which aims to draw attention to what we can do to make this region a better place for people with disability. The day has been designated by the United Nations as a time to celebrate and recognise the achievements, contributions and abilities of people with disability.
It’s also the 12th year of the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign which also celebrates the diversity and ability of people with disability. The campaign runs from 30 November to 13 December. This year’s campaign theme is ‘Inclusion is about U and I’. For more information visit www.dontdismyability.com.au
Wellbeing March in Armidale – campaign against Ice
It was incredibly heartening to see a strong turnout for the Wellbeing rally in Armidale on Tuesday. It sent a strong message about the community’s frustration and anger about the impact of illicit drugs, particularly ice, which is destroying families and lives. The community must come together if this drug and those who peddle it is to be stopped. Well done to the organisers of the rally, I was very pleased to be involved.
Better Rental Bond Service for Agents and Tenants
This week a new system which will save agents and private landlords time managing bonds and help tenants securely lodge their bond, was launched by NSW Fair Trading.
At the moment, Rental Bonds are in the form of cheques or cash which is kept in trust under the Rental Bond Board, an independent custodian of rental bonds. This is a cumbersome process and the new scheme will help tenants avoid fraud and know that their bond is in safe hands and securely held in trust.
Rental Bonds Online is Australia’s first online platform to lodge and refund bond money directly with Government and I want to encourage tenants, landlords and agents across Northern Tablelands to sign up.
$3 million investment to improve Waterfall Way
This morning I will be travelling 29 kilometres east of Armidale on the Waterfall Way to inspect the site where $3 million road works will soon commence to rebuild a dangerous section of the road and widen it to ensure greater motorist safety. This brings the investment in waterfall way to over $5 million in the last two years, but there is plenty more work to be done and I’ll continue to lobby the government for more funding to continually improve this important freight and tourist link with the coast.
The work will be completed in about March next year and there will be some short delays for motorists while the work is being undertaken.
Yesterday and the weekend
Yesterday I had several meetings in Armidale before setting out to Moree to visit the Strahle Pecan Farm. From there I headed up to the Croppa Creek School presentation night and also to present one of our Hidden Treasures, Carolyn Bellman with her certificate. I also called in at the Croppa Creek Bowling Club to check out a couple of improvement projects the club needs funding for.
Today (Saturday) I will attend the Drummond Memorial School P&C Fair and hopefully it will have warmed up by then as I’ve agreed to help with their fund raising efforts and sit on the dunking machine! It seems to be a popular sideshow attraction as I’ve been asked to do the same on Sunday at the Guyra Pre-school’s Christmas Fair.