The big winner last week was the Dubbo electorate, Tourism Minister Adam Marshall visited the electorate to join me in announcing a tourism campaign marketing the Dubbo electorate to Hong Kong.
I acknowledged our Hidden Treasures with an award presentation in Dubbo, handed over the keys to a brand new $450,000 fire truck to Mudgee Fire Station.
I also announced that the newly created position of NSW Police Deputy Commissioner of Police for Regional Field Operations will be located in Dubbo.
REGIONAL NSW GETS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
During Parliament last week I was pleased to join the NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, in announcing that Mr Gary Worboys has been named as the inaugural Deputy Commissioner of Police for Regional NSW Field Operations.
The good news for our region is that, Deputy Commissioner Worboys will have his office in Dubbo.
Mr Worboys joined the NSW Police Force in 1981 and has held many senior positions across the state including Commander for the Goulburn, Monaro, Hume and Liverpool local area commands.
He most recently served as Assistant Commissioner, Commander, Southern Region.
This appointment will mark the delivery of one of the government’s key commitments as part of the re-engineering of the NSW Police Force.
As your local member, and as the states Police Minister, I am committed to working with our communities and the Police.
To give regional NSW the high quality, targeted policing it deserves.
The Police and the NSW Government are focussed on prevention and disrupting crime.
These goals will be focussed on whilst maintaining a strong focus on responding to crime.
PREMIERS READING CHALLENGE
Last Friday the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, launched the NSW Premiers Reading Challenge.
The challenge encourages students to read for leisure and enjoyment and takes place between March and August each year.
This year will be the 15th anniversary of this wonderful program.
The challenge is open to all students from kindergarten to year 9 in government, catholic, independent and home schools.
For more information, visit https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html
WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL DAY 19th MAY
The 19th May is walk safely to school day, I am calling on all kids to tell their parents to ditch the car and stretch the legs and walk to school on Friday.
The national initiative, which has been supported by the NSW Government since its inception in 2001, is designed to promote road safety, health and public transport.
This is a great day that promotes exercise, family fun and pedestrian safety, especially for the little ones who should always hold an adult’s hand when out and about.
More than one million students travel to schools across NSW each day.
The Walk Safely to School Day initiative is seen as a valuable way to engage with parents, carers, teachers and students to highlight the importance of road safety.
Last year an estimated 320 schools and 3600 parents participated in the day.
The NSW Government is also improving pedestrian safety around school zones.
They have investing $10 million for additional school zone flashing lights and pedestrian safety infrastructure like raised zebra crossings and dragon’s teeth markings.
Comprehensive road safety advice for parents, children and school communities can also be found on the Centre for Road Safety website.