It was with great pleasure that I read of those members of the Barwon community recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List. All four recipients were recognised with a Medal (OAM) in the General Division. These awards recognise exemplary service they have given to their local communities and local government over the past decades.
- Mrs Jennifer Camilleri, Broken Hill - For service to community history
- Mr Thomas Cullen, Coonamble - For service to local government, and to the community of Coonamble.
- Mr William Heath, Narrabri - For service to the community of Narrabri.
- Mr Desmond Manwaring, Condobolin - For service to local government, and to the community of the Lachlan shire.
Congratulations to Captain Robert Avard – Fire and Rescue Service, receiving an Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) for over 36 years of continuous service servicing Murrurundi and Nyngan areas.
TRAVELLING STOCK RESERVE REVIEW – HAVE YOUR SAY
Travelling Stock Reserves (TSR) are an important and iconic part of landscape in the Barwon Electorate and with more 6500 TSR's across the state the NSW Government is currently seeking community input to create a comprehensive map of their current uses.
The review aims to determine which TSR's are still used or required for their original purpose and to determine if there are other values that they are used for today. A public consultation paper has been released with input sought from the community. I encouraged you all to have your say on the future of the TSR network. Submissions close at 5pm Thursday June 22.
GRANDPARENTS DAY - EVENT GRANTS NOW OPEN
Funding for local community events on Grandparents Day will be doubled to $200,000 this year. NSW Grandparents Day on Sunday, 29 October is a time for everyone in the Barwon community to come together and recognise the value grandparents and older people bring to our communities.
It’s a special day to connect across generations and to appreciate the wide-ranging benefits gained from the knowledge and wisdom shared by older people in our communities. Applications are now open for event grants to help community organisations, small businesses and local councils host events. For the first time, there are three funding categories available this year:
- Tier 1 Grants of up to $1,000 for small-scale local events or activities targeted at community organisations and schools.
- Tier 2 Grants from $1,001 to $5,000 for local community events.
- Tier 3 Grants from $5,001 to $10,000 for large scale community events targeted at local councils in partnership with organisations and groups.
Applications for the 2017 NSW Grandparents Day grants program will close at 5.00pm on Friday 14 July 2017. For more information or to apply visit www.grandparentsday.nsw.gov.au
LIFE SAVING DEFIBRILLATORS
Spectators and players in the Barwon community sports clubs will benefit from the state-wide rollout of defibrillators. The government have announced in this year’s budget $4 million will be allocated over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW purchase and maintain Automatic External Defibrillators (AED).
More than 2,500 AED’s will be rolled out over the next four years, under the Local Sports Defibrillation Program, which will also see community members trained in how to use them.
The Local Sport Defibrillator Program will seek a co-funding contribution from eligible sports clubs. Applications from clubs will be invited in the fourth quarter of this year through the Office of Sport website.