Last week I was pleased to help unveil not one but THREE fantastic projects the NSW Government has helped fund for the Wellington community (alongside Dubbo Regional Council and local clubs).
The Walker Crescent play space provides a fantastic place for families in social housing to gather as a community.
Stage 2 of the Rygate Redevelopment Project includes six tennis courts, four netball courts, two basketball courts, half-sized hockey field and 200 lux sporting lighting and a new amenities facility with officials' room and four storage areas along with a crushed granite car park.
Lastly, the Pioneer Park Lighting Project, delivered with input from the Wellington Soccer Association) will enable adults and young people to train at night and reach their sporting potential.
I look forward to seeing people of all ages taking advantage of these amazing spaces, and I hope they can help sport to unite the community of Wellington for many years to come.
PUBLIC HOUSING BOOST
The improvements to Wellington's recreational spaces wasn't the only good news last week.
I was also pleased to be able to announce an almost $5 million boost to social housing for the Dubbo electorate, particularly for older women and people at risk at homelessness.
The funding package will not only help house some of Dubbo's most vulnerable people, but would also deliver a lifeline to the local economy by ensuring local trade businesses are used in the construction.
I was pleased to visit the team at Breakthru on Tuesday, where it was a pleasure to catch up with clients and staff and see them all hard at work at some arts and crafts projects. NSW now has an Ageing and Disability Commissioner, tasked with being a strong voice for adults with a disability and older people.
On Wednesday I got a lesson in all things Anime at one of the many youth groups facilitated at headspace Dubbo. Thanks to the young people there for welcoming me and thank you to the wonderful headspace staff for providing our young people with a safe place to gather. Round three of the Stronger Country Communities Fund is now open with at least half of the $100 million dedicated to youth-related infrastructure and initiatives.
ESSENTIAL JOB CUTS
I'm glad to hear there will be further consultation in relation to the proposed job cuts at Essential Energy.
In that period of time, the deputy premier and leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro will meet with the boss of Essential Energy to make our feelings clear: we are disappointed by the proposed workforce changes, and call on Essential Energy to immediately halt any plans to cut jobs.