Money Matters: Make sone money for your bottles in Central West NSW now a reality

Cleaning up: Member for Dubbo Troy Grant with NSW Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton\ at one of the deposit schemes in the area.

Cleaning up: Member for Dubbo Troy Grant with NSW Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton\ at one of the deposit schemes in the area.

After months and months of waiting I was very pleased to hear that the Mudgee Return and Earn machine is finally up and running at Jubilee Park, thank you to the community for your patience. 

In Dubbo more than eight million containers have been returned to the two reverse vending machines at the Delroy Park Shops and Victoria Park and another two million to the reverse vending machine in Wellington. 

Return and Earn is the state’s largest litter reduction initiative and it already having a positive impact with the latest litter figures showing that eligible container little volume has dropped 33 per cent since November 2017.

Apply for new multicultural grants

I am encouraging the community to apply for the enhanced multicultural grants program.

The NSW Government is investing more money into multicultural festivals and events that celebrate our local communities and bring us together.

One of the best ways to celebrate our diversity, experience new cultures and forge new connections is to attend the many festivals and events held in our local community.

Applications are now open for up to $10,000 to support our local festivals and events and I encourage all eligible community organisations to apply.

Multicultural NSW event grants have previously supported community Harmony Day celebrations, art, music and film festivals and sporting events.

Celebrating Diversity event grants are now open and will close 5pm Friday, September 28.

For more information about the Multicultural NSW Grants Program, and to apply for the events go to www.multicultural.nsw.gov.au/grants/about_grants_timetable/.

40KH passing road rules starts

Our emergency service workers are out there every day protecting and keeping us safe. Our police, fire fighters, ambulance officers, emergency and rescue volunteers do difficult and dangerous work for our community.

That’s why we announced a new road rule, in April, requiring all motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying blue or red flashing lights.

The new rule commenced on Saturday, September 1 and will be trialled for 12 months.

The new rule applies to motorists when an emergency vehicle is stopped and has its red or blue lights flashing.

In addition to slowing to 40km/h, motorists will be required to give way to any person on foot in the immediate vicinity of the emergency vehicle and not increase their speed until they are at a sufficient distance past the vehicle so as not to cause a danger to any person in the vicinity.

Motorists who ignore the rule will face a $448 fine and loss of three demerit points. A community education and communication campaign has been rolled out across NSW. 

The campaign includes television, radio, and social media advertising and will continue after to reinforce driver awareness.

The new rule provides certainty for drivers about how they should behave when emergency vehicles are stationary on the road and displaying blue and red flashing lights.

Funding for libraries

Last week the NSW Government announced an extra $60 million in funding over four years to transform NSW public libraries across the state.

This is the single largest funding injection into NSW public libraries ever, reaffirming our commitment to literacy, lifelong learning, connectivity and community well-being.

Public libraries are at the heart of so many communities, and are important to people of all ages, from children to the elderly.