Help now available for victims of violence

What a week full of wonderful events.

On Tuesday, many organisations of the domestic violence support network came together to have a morning tea at Inspiration House to celebrate the launch of the Western Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.

We must show appreciation to Christine Keir for making this day happen. It was great to welcome Leanne Ferris, the manager of the group's Dubbo Office.

We now have an office here in Cobar where both women and men can go for help and advice on domestic violence. So please feel free to use this facility rather than suffer alone.

On Wednesday I visited Cobar Public School to give these wonderful students my insight on how Cobar has changed during the past 40 years. I included information on changes to facilities, tourism, mines and roads (Kidman Way) and I answered questions. These young students are certainly switched on.

On Thursday I was at the Cobar Public School again to help present badges to the new school captains and the Student Representative Committee. It was such a pleasure and made me proud to see these students, parents and teachers come together for such a special event. It really is great to see that these teachers donate time and energy to help make this wonderful school as outstanding as it is.

On Saturday it was a real pleasure to attend the first (hopefully annual) Newy Raft Showdown. My congratulations go to Melissa Gunn and Jennifer Bloomer for organising the event and their wonderful team of volunteers from the council, Rotary and Cobar Youth Council for helping them co-ordinate the day. Thanks to all sponsors who made this wonderful event the great day it was.

It's great being a part of such a wonderful community.


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