Get the latest news from out west with Barwon MP Kevin Humphries

Kevin Humphries takes a ride on the new Bourke bus.
Kevin Humphries takes a ride on the new Bourke bus.

Buses bound for Bourke abattoir

I am pleased to announce two buses were farewelled from Sydney this week as they make their way to the Far West to ensure workers at the new abattoir in Bourke have transport to and from work every day.  

The local community told the NSW Government they needed this new service, so we listened, and I’m delighted to deliver this practical solution.

The two buses will transport hundreds of workers from the around the region, who’ll be employed at the soon-to-open $60 million abattoir.

There’s been strong local support for this transport solution, including from local Aboriginal organisations, as it will also create an opportunity for a new Aboriginal business enterprise to operate the bus route.

Information sessions

The NSW Government will host a series of information sessions for existing leaseholders in the Western Division on the new Crown Lands Management Act 2016.

The new Act will allow for greater flexibility in land management and encourage economic growth in the region.

This provides a fairer more consistent approach to the conversions of Crown land tenures to freehold.

It is therefore vital leaseholders, residents and business owners in the Western Division understand how these new provisions will work for them.

The Crown Lands Management Act 2016 will commence in coming months.

Information sessions:

Cobar Bowling and Golf Club, 8 March, 6.30pm

Broken Hill Racecourse Pavilion, 5 April, 6:30pm

Free flu jabs

Children between six months and five years old in the Barwon electorate are now eligible for free flu jabs this year.

Last year our community, like many in NSW, was hit hard by the flu season.

We all know how horrendous the flu can be and this is especially hard on the smallest members of our families.

The $3.5million influenza vaccination program offered by the NSW Government follows last year’s severe flu season.

For more information, see www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation

Scholarships available

I am encouraging young people from our local community to apply for the FACS Scholarships Program; this will help our most disadvantaged students get ahead.

These scholarships will support our young people in our local schools and TAFEs to achieve their educational goals.

Worth $1000 a year, scholarship funds can be used for expenses like text books, course costs and computer equipment.

Scholarship recipients can get financial support for over seven years – from Year 10 until the completion of tertiary education.

Applications close at 5 p.m. on Friday 23 February 2018. To apply visit:  www.facs.nsw.gov.au/education

Nominations open

I remind employers and trainers in Barwon to nominate outstanding local apprentices, trainees and organisations for the 2018 NSW Training Awards, which close on 16 March 2018.

The NSW Training Awards are a chance to recognise and congratulate the best apprentices, trainees and teachers in our Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

I know we have many deserving candidates so I urge employers and VET trainers to step forward and nominate an individual or organisation for an award.

Online voting for the NSW Women of the Year Awards is also open for five of the seven award categories, with four outstanding women nominated in each category.  

For a list of nominees and to cast your vote before 23 February visit www.women.nsw.gov.au.