Adam Marshall’s Week that Was
Health Service Quality Awards
Tingha Multipurpose Service (MPS) hosted the annual Hunter New England Health Tablelands Sector Quality Awards this week to recognise staff and volunteers who have excelled in service delivery throughout the year.
It was a terrific day with awards presented in five categories as well as individual awards. A few of the standouts included the Armidale Hospital’s program to reduce pre-operative starvation, the Quit for New Life Program delivered at Tingha, Ashford, Glen Innes and Inverell Hospitals, and the Vegetable Creek MPS Spirit of the ANZAC Display.
Team-wise, the Inverell Health Service Maintenance Team, Glen Innes Maternity Services and the Tablelands Sector Education tea, were recognised for their service.
Individually, it was terrific to recognise Nanette Jemmeson’s 60 years of service to Health NSW as a nurse. What a fabulous effort!
This week marked the start of the often hectic school presentations season. I was pleased to attend presentations at Armidale High School as well as the Inverell and Armidale Clontarf Academy graduations.
Today I’m attending the presentation of the YWCA Youth Frontiers Program in Armidale, where the seven students taking part in this program presented their final works.
I also spent some time at the delightful Mallawa Public School. One to the best parts of my job is the opportunity to visit country small schools and see the amazing work of our teachers and the achievements of our students. On Thursday morning I had a blast at Mallawa Public School (west of Moree) reading with the students. I was blown away by the ability of the students and the individual attention they all receive. Small schools are great schools and Mallawa is right up there with the best of them.
Water supply secure for Boggabilla and Toomelah with $4.6m grant
I was thrilled to announce earlier this week that the State Government and Moree Plains Shire Council was securing the long-term water supply of Boggabilla and Toomelah townships through the construction of a pipeline that will allow each community to draw water from the other.
The State Government is funding the total cost of the works – $4.6 million – from its Water Security for Regions program, which would be delivered by Moree Plains Shire Council. This is a really vital piece of infrastructure as over the years the Boggabilla and Toomelah townships have experienced water security and reliability issues.
For Toomelah, the current water supply infrastructure is old and inadequate, with water sourced from a single artesian bore via an electrical pump. There have been some instances, during prolonged hot weather, the town’s water supply has failed and water has had to be trucked in by tanker.
Boggabilla is prone to flooding events, causing siltation of the existing water inlet structure and affecting water quality and supply. This project will address those problems and restore the confidence of these communities in their water supply and water quality.”
I congratulate Moree Plains Shire Council on securing these funds, which is another tangible sign of council’s commitment to improving the amenity of communities throughout the area.
More sports funding available
Sporting clubs from across the region can apply for funding from the State Government’s Local Sport Grant Program, with applications opening yesterday. The program aimed to increase regular and on-going participation in sport and active recreation.
The Local Sport Grant Program will provide funding for sports clubs in the Northern Tablelands and across NSW. Sport is incredibly important for health and wellbeing and in country NSW it also plays a role in bringing people in the community together for social occasions.
Whether it be funding towards training programs to secure more volunteer coaches or helping with that much-needed change room or amenities block upgrade, these grants are designed to encourage more people to stay active.
- Sport club development (maximum of $2,000 per club per year);
- Community sport events ($5,000);
- Sport access ($5,000); and
- Facility development and capital equipment ($25,000).
As I travel around the electorate, I know there are many sporting clubs which have projects that could benefit greatly from this funding so I urge all clubs to have a close look at this program and lodge an application. Applications open on 26 November 2015 and close 11 February 2016. For more information and to apply, visit www.sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au
State Representative Certificate for cyclist Sam Jenner
I was proud to present talented Armidale cyclist Sam Jenner with a NSW State Representative Certificate recently. The certificate recognised his success at the Australian National Track Championships, held in Melbourne earlier this year.
Sam is a member of the NSW Cycling Elite & under 19s Track Team where he won gold in the under 19s Madison event and silver in the Team Pursuit event.
He is an impressive and mature young man who’s cycling continues to go from strength-to-strength – his achievements this year have been remarkable. Sam represented Australia in the under 19 category at the 2015 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships in the USA in September. He is a member of the NSW Institute of Sport Cycling Development Team and has spent the year competing as various events throughout the state.
He’s also been an integral part of the Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS) programs over a number of years was recently awarded the 2015 Scott Campbell Lonestar Athlete of the Year and presented with the Chairman’s Award at the NIAS annual presentation night.
All of this has been on top of Sam’s studies to complete his HSC this year at Duval High School, which just highlights his commitment and dedication to cycling. I also commend the champion cyclists’ parents Debra and David Jenner for the many years of support given to Sam to further his cycling career.
Saying no to violence on White Ribbon Day
I was proud to mark White Ribbon Day in Inverell this year by taking part in the street march alongside 100s of locals. As a White Ribbon Ambassador I called on the community to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.
Locals of all ages and backgrounds marched on Wednesday morning at the March Against Violence organised by the Inverell Anti-Violence Committee. White Ribbon was the world’s largest male-led movement empowering men to speak out against domestic and family violence.
We have all heard the shocking statistic that on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence. That is why I call on the electorate community to join me in raising awareness of this despicable crime and make women’s safety a man’s issue too. I commend the Inverell Anti-Violence Committee and other community-led groups across the Northern Tablelands Electorate who work to raise awareness of this issue.
For more information about White Ribbon Day and to take the oath visit www.whiteribbon.org.au/day if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence please call the 24-hour NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63.
Racing clubs receive prizemoney boost
Moree, Inverell and Armidale Racing Clubs will receive a major boost in prize money thanks to the State Government’s legislation to match NSW’s wagering tax rates with Victoria’s. I visited the Moree Race Club on Wednesday to meet with committee members discuss the benefits of the changes to the club and country racing.
Every TAB race at Moree, Inverell and Armidale would have the minimum prize money offered per race increased by $5,000 to $20,000 from July next year. This will mean more jobs, larger crowds and help to grow our local racing industry. Racing is an important part of many communities across the Northern Tablelands – everyone loves to get to the races and enjoy a great day out socialising and having fun.
Local trainers, jockeys, owners and punters have been crying out for increased prize money to invigorate the industry and the benefits will flow to the whole community. The increased prize money at Moree, Inverell and Armidale was part of a $21 million state-wide package to boost country and provincial racing.
Student leaders head to Canberra
On Wednesday I spent some time with Declan Drake, an impressive young student from Inverell High School who, along with Alex Snell from Armidale High School, will be attending as delegates at the National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra next March. They attended the NSW Convention earlier this month with Madelyn Johnson from Moree Secondary College, and were among 30 delegates chosen to represent NSW.
It is pleasing to know that young people such as this trio have a strong interest in governance and leadership. Madelyn, Alex and Declan have done our region proud.
Moree preschools secure funding
On Wednesday while in Moree, I had the opportunity to call in and visit the Kiah Preschool and the Moree Preschool to announce a $21,000 funding boost for Moree preschools. The funding forms part of a one-off increase of $168,000 for preschools throughout the electorate and will help improve access to preschool for children in rural and remote communities. What delightful centres and I enjoyed spending some time with a few of the children and their supervisors.
The Moree, Kiah and Grace Lutheran Pre-schools would each receive a one-off grant of $7,000 to introduce initiatives which will help them connect with families who are not sending their children to preschool. Each preschool will now decide how to best use the funding to achieve the desired outcome. They may focus on providing transport for students or encourage parents to send their children to school through outreach information events.
TAFE New England community funding
Time is running out to apply to TAFE New England through its Community and Business Support Program for grants between $300 and $3,000 for 6-12 month projects or initiatives.
The program is designed the strengthen business, education, health, charitable programs and other resources that regional communities reply on. Those wishing to submit an application should do so via www.tne.edu.au before 6 December.
Friday and the weekend
This evening I am looking forward to attending the Reclaim the Night Street Stall in the Beardy Street Mall form about 6pm. This annual event is organised by the Armidale Domestic Violence Steering committee as part of White Ribbon events. It’s a terrific night and not to be missed.
The Inland Camping and Fishing Expo is on again at Rugby Park in Inverell and I am looking forward to calling in over the weekend. The organisers do a terrific job and it’s a great place to while away a few hours dreaming about your next big camping trip.