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    Highlights for the Albury Electorate: Health: · $30m to completely re-imagine, expand and reconstruct a 21st century Emergency Department for Albury Hospital, which will address issues of overcrowding, staff security and improved service for those seeking urgent medical attention. · The next tranche of funding for the continuing rebuild and upgrade of Regional Multipurpose Services for Tumbarumba and Culcairn. · In addition to this new infrastructure spending, the NSW Government continues to provide record levels of funding for nurses, doctors, treatment and services: in excess of $120m to AW Health. Schools: · An exciting new multi-million dollar James Fallon High School Hall complex. · Wireless connectivity upgrade for all 43 government high schools and public schools right across the electorate. Roads: $33.462 m worth of roads, bridge and boating infrastructure and maintenance projects, primarily delivered through local councils in the Albury electorate. · Roads maintenance block grant funding for councils includes AlburyCity $488,000, Greater Hume Shire Council $2.194m, Federation Council $1.728m · Further funding of Stage Two of Riverina Highway upgrade ($11m project); Other · New Henty fire station $920,000. · More social housing: $2.121m For Councils in the Albury Electorate: New funding opportunities include the $1.3 billion Regional Growth, Cultural and Strong Country Communities funds, $400m Fixing Country Rail Fund, $200m Bridges for the Bush Program and $500m Fixing Country Roads Fund. Local councils can apply for funding towards projects. ************** “The significant NSW funding is extremely welcome,” said Leigh McJames, CEO of Albury Wodonga Health. “It will address the growing demand on our emergency services and will see a significant enhancement in capacity and capability of the Albury Campus ED. It will also assist in further consolidation and enhancement of acute medical services for our community.” “I also welcome the NSW Government contribution of $500,000 towards safety upgrades to Nolan House,” said Mr Aplin. “Today I am most proud of the redesign and upgrade being planned for Albury Hospital’s Emergency Department, and to see my work for James Fallon High School find success. These have been hard fought battles and I thank Leigh McJames at AW Health and our Education Director, Dr Brad Russell, for their support and enthusiasm.”
  • 4 days ago by Greg Aplin

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    2017-18 NSW BUDGET: NSW AND THE ALBURY ELECTORATE Member for Albury, Greg Aplin welcomed the NSW Budget today, saying “A huge amount of planning, lobbying and effort has gone into this Budget which sets out the roadmap for the continual upgrading of Albury’s resources and infrastructure. Today, with the release of formerly confidential Budget information, I can reveal more of what is planned for Albury.” Highlights for all of us in NSW: · Record investment in infrastructure … Again. Restart NSW is investing $29.8 billion. · Budget in surplus. Again. $4.5 billion for 2016-17, $2.7 billion for 2017-18. · State debt completely cleared. Again. Negative $7.8 billion. · AAA Credit Rating. · NSW is the first state to approach a quarter of a trillion dollars in net worth. · NSW continues to be the state with the lowest unemployment rate. Again · Abolishing Stamp Duty for First Home Buyers. · Abolishing Stamp Duty on lenders’ mortgage insurance for first home buyers. · $100m Palliative Care Package with a focus on regional areas. · $1 billion Securing Country Water Program to ensure rural communities have access to high-quality, reliable and affordable water. · $63m to increase Child Protection Caseworkers. · An additional $217.3m for Pre-School Fee Relief. · An additional $20m for transitional housing and support services for the homeless. · $1 billion for ambulance services, including 50 additional relief paramedics to assist in reducing fatigue in those working in regional areas. · Tax duties abolished for small businesses (turnover less than $2m) insurances on commercial vehicles, professional indemnity and public liability. · Farmers benefit with abolition of tax duties on crop and livestock insurance. · Families are the big winners from this year’s record $401m sport budget, with parents in NSW eligible for a $100 rebate to cover sporting club fees, including swimming lessons, for every school-aged child. · $79m to ease cost of living pressures for pensioners by subsidising council rates and charges through the Pensioners Rebate Scheme. · $16m to support councils through the Local Infrastructure Renewal Scheme. · The NSW Government has expanded its emergency assistance to include more welfare groups that can offer the state’s most vulnerable energy customers help to pay electricity and gas bills, with rebates to total more than $1 billion over four years.
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    FUNDING FOR NAIDOC CELEBRATIONS IN ALBURY A local Aboriginal community group has received a grant from the NSW Government to help fund NAIDOC Week activities, Member for Albury, Greg Aplin announced today. “NAIDOC Week is an important opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous achievements of Aboriginal people here and right across the country,” Mr Aplin said. NAIDOC, National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, will run from 2 – 9 July with the theme is ‘Our Languages, Our Way’. The Albury Wodonga NAIDOC Committee will receive $3,000 to assist with activities during NAIDOC Week. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said 116 grants totalling $200,000 is invested in local Aboriginal communities right across NSW for this week of celebration. “The NSW Government recognises the rich and diverse history of Australia’s first people and these grants assist in showcasing our Aboriginal heritage and identity,” Mrs Mitchell said. For more information on NADIOC Week 2017 celebrations visit http://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au
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  • 10 weeks ago by Greg Aplin

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    TUMBARUMBA MULTIPURPOSE SERVICE DESIGNS REVEALED Member for Albury Greg Aplin today revealed the artist’s impression for the Tumbarumba MultiPurpose Service (MPS). “‘This is an important milestone for Tumbarumba and the surrounding communities who get to their first look at what their new MPS will look like, ‘” Mr Aplin said. The Tumbarumba MPS design is a new two-storey building that will include: - An acute inpatient wing, including larger residential aged care rooms with dedicated ensuites - Enhanced staff facilities including staff accommodation - Modern and larger reception area - Dedicated activity spaces - Modern inpatient rooms - Enhanced community health In addition to the new two-storey development, the program will refurbish the existing residential aged care building. The new MPS facilities will provide flexible services to better respond to the local community and the services will be more efficient through integration, coordination and innovation of health and aged care. Mr Aplin said the Tumbarumba MPS project is part of a greater $300 million program of works to upgrade existing or build new MPS facilities in a number of rural and remote communities across NSW. “The MPS model tailors healthcare needs for the local community by integrating health, aged care services, and emergency services to provide flexible health service delivery – from primary health care to acute and residential aged care,” Mr Aplin said.
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  • 11 weeks ago by Greg Aplin

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    LOCAL BOSCAR FIGURES RELEASED Member for Albury, Greg Aplin has praised officers in the Albury Local Area Command for their tireless efforts in combating local crime but appreciates there is more to do. Mr Aplin said that the most recent quarterly data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) is proof of the exceptional work of local police in preventing crime. In the 24 months to December 2016, 16 out of the 17 major crime categories either fell or remained stable, including murder, domestic violence and robbery. Mr Aplin said local statistics from the region followed the state-wide trends, with 11 offences remaining stable or trending down. “I am really pleased to see a downward trend in the malicious damage to property category. “This latest data from BOCSAR is a testament to our local police and their dedication to the safety and protection of our community,” Mr Aplin said. “However, the rise by 52.8% in stealing from a motor vehicle and 18.8% in stealing from dwellings is concerning and I am sure will be a focus for our local Police Force. “I would like to thank all the communities in the electorate for continuing to being vigilant and establishing proactive partnerships with our police, ensuring public safety concerns are properly addressed,” Mr Aplin said. “The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is determined to turn these statistics around, and will provide police across the state with the resources they need to investigate and prosecute these crimes. “The upcoming introduction of Regional and Metropolitan Deputy Commissioners as part of the NSW Government’s reforms to the NSW Police Force will ensure targeted policing of the highest standard to reduce local crime trends.”
  • 11 weeks ago by Greg Aplin

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    STUDENTS OFFERED FREE MENINGOCOCCAL W VACCINE Parents of Year 11 and 12 students are being urged to check school bags this week for consent forms for a free meningococcal ACWY vaccine to protect their children against the rare but deadly disease. NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the State Government’s $9 million NSW Meningococcal W Response Program was introduced due to an unprecedented outbreak of meningococcal W disease in Australia. “The NSW Government has acted swiftly to protect the most vulnerable group of people – those in their late teens – from this rising threat,” Mr Hazzard said. “I strongly encourage parents to take advantage of this very important opportunity and sign and return the consent forms as meningococcal disease can result in lifelong complications, or even death.” Meningococcal W is now the most common strain of the disease in Australia, with cases in NSW virtually tripling from nine in 2015 to 26 in 2016. It also has triple the mortality rate (14 per cent) of other strains. Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director, Communicable Diseases, NSW Health, said that the meningococcal ACWY vaccine, which protects against four of the strains of the disease, will be offered in Term 2. “Teens are one of the groups most at risk of contracting the W strain. This is due to social behaviours that result in the disease being transmitted through close physical contact, such as frequent kissing and participation in social activities like going to nightclubs,” Dr Sheppeard said. Since 2013, the NSW Government has committed $5.5 million towards the Save the Date vaccination campaign. NSW rates of childhood immunisation are above or at the Australian average, with 93.4 per cent fully vaccinated by the age of five. For NSW data on all meningococcal cases, refer to: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/Pages/data.aspx
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  • 11 weeks ago by Greg Aplin

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    INDIGENOUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM LAUNCHED The NSW Government and Charles Sturt University (CSU) have partnered under the Government’s Boosting Business Innovation Program to develop an Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop-Up Innovation Hub to support Indigenous business innovation. Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro, said the ‘Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop up Innovation Hub’ will help Indigenous people interested or already engaged in local business, to expand their business skills and take advantage of the unique business opportunities around them. “Our Indigenous business sector is extremely diverse covering all spectrums of our economy – professional services, tourism, importing and exporting, mining, defence and civil contracting, landscape design, trades and artists to name just a few,” Mr Barilaro said. “The Walan Mayinygu Pop Up Hub will create an opportunity for Indigenous people to be mentored and taught by established Indigenous entrepreneurs and business people.” Parliamentary Secretary for the Deputy Premier and Southern NSW, Bronnie Taylor said the hub offered benefits to indigenous businesses throughout regional NSW. “Targeting regional areas, the hub will be established for a week at a time in Lismore, Dubbo, Albury and Port Macquarie to develop regional indigenous businesses,” Ms Taylor said. “Each Pop-Up Hub will feature a series of events and activities including business masterclasses, practical workshops, panel discussions, a business plan and pitch development studio, guest speakers and networking opportunities.” Member for Albury Greg Aplin said it was an honour to launch the Pop Up Hub. “The Pop Up Hub is supported under the Boosting Business Innovation Program which is providing $12 million to the state's 11 universities and the CSIRO to collaborate with businesses to drive innovation and economic growth across NSW.” CSU Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said through the Boost program CSU will develop a 'Multi-Region Hub Program' to continue its 100 year tradition of engaging with communities and industry to drive innovation and entrepreneurship. “As well as Walan Mayinygu and the CenWest Innovate launched at Bathurst last week, CSU plans to develop an Agritech Incubator Hub in Wagga Wagga to develop agricultural technology innovation and start-ups for regional Australia.”
  • 12 weeks ago by Greg Aplin

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    FREE SAFER DRIVERS COURSE FOR LEARNER DRIVERS FROM DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS Member for Albury, Greg Aplin has announced Roads and Maritime Services provides 1000 free places each year for youth from Aboriginal communities and disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the Safer Drivers Course. Mr Aplin said the Safer Drivers Course is a combined theoretical and practical course for learner drivers under 25 years of age who have completed 50 log book hours. “This fee exemption allows those who are financially disadvantaged to benefit from the road safety outcomes of the Safer Drivers Course which is typically valued at $140,” Mr Aplin said. “The course helps young drivers on their L-plates prepare for driving solo when they graduate to provisional licences. “Key aspects covered in the course include how to reduce road risks, how to cope with distractions and potential dangers and how to develop safe driving behaviour.” Mr Aplin said the course is a valuable tool which improves the understanding of speed management, safe following distances and hazard awareness which parents or supervisors may not have covered. “As well as becoming a safer driver, applicants can earn a bonus 20 hours of log book credit by completing the course which means they will only need to finish 100 hours of supervised driving outside the course,” Mr Aplin said. “So far more than 100 disadvantaged people have accessed the free Safer Drivers Course this year. “To be eligible for a free place you need to hold a valid learner licence, be aged below 25 years, have completed a minimum of 50 log book hours and hold a current Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Human Services – Centrelink. “Once you have confirmed your eligibility, visit the Roads and Maritime website to find a Safer Drivers Course provider to speak about the free places and fill in a Safer Drivers Course Concession Application form to complete on enrolment.” For more information visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au or http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/drivers/youngdrivers/youngerdriverscourse.html
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  • 12 weeks ago by Greg Aplin

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    A FOREVER HOME FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN The NSW Government has announced that it will deliver internationally tested preventative and diversionary programs, as well as making it easier for foster carers to adopt children in their care, under the most significant reforms to child protection and out of home care in almost a decade. Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward and Member for Albury, Greg Aplin have announced that a range of non-government agencies will deliver internationally tested preventative and diversionary programs, Multi Systemic Therapy Child Abuse (MST-CAN) and Neglect and Family Functioning Therapy Child Welfare (FFT-CW), to work with families where there has been physical abuse or neglect. The Government will invest $90 million into the two programs over four years, delivering support to 900 children per year. The family preservation and restoration models will be delivered by non-government organisations in 15 locations, one of which is Wagga Wagga, provided by Riverina Medical and Dental. Support to surrounding areas, including the Albury electorate will be accessible through this provider. Ms Goward said that these reforms will bring together government agencies and non-government organisations to work with the community to provide improved support for children and families at their most vulnerable. “Children in, or at risk of entering out of home care, will also be receiving a coordinated package of support based on their needs, ensuring that we, as a Government, are meeting children’s needs and empowering them to reach their full potential,” Ms Goward said. A means-tested adoption allowance was also announced by the Premier and Minister Goward which will help families progress to adopting the child in their care. “We are committed to supporting families to stay safely together, but when that is not possible we need to ensure children have a safe home for life,” Ms Berejiklian said. Mr Aplin welcomed the announcement. “This is a game-changer. Our community will benefit from this initiative, and that’s a very positive thing for our local area”, Mr Aplin said.
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  • 19 weeks ago by Greg Aplin

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    $15 MILLION LINE FOR RECREATIONAL FISHING Member for Albury, Greg Aplin is encouraging fishing and community groups to apply for NSW Recreational Fishing Trust grants to improve recreational fishing across our region. This year $15 million has been allocated from the sale of recreational fishing licenses to both freshwater and saltwater projects in 2016-17. Mr Aplin said grants are available for both large projects involving more than $10,000 of funding, and smaller projects involving less than $10,000. “This is a great opportunity for individuals and community groups to apply for these grants which improve recreational fishing in our region,” Mr Aplin said. “Applications are open to anyone, including fishing clubs and organisations, universities, councils, community groups, individuals and joint applications are also encouraged. “Some of the projects funded already include fish stocking, fishing workshops, Fishcare Volunteer programs, and habitat restoration.” “This program is another way the NSW Government continues to reinvest this resource back into the recreational fishing sector to help ensure a bright future for NSW fishing.” Recreational fishing adds about $3.4 billion to the State’s economy each year, and accounts for more than 14,000 full-time jobs. Gone Fishing NSW fishing club grants of up to $2,000 are also available for groups applying to run community fishing events for Gone Fishing NSW Day on 15 October 2017. Applications for small and large projects close on 13 March 2017. Applications for Gone Fishing NSW fishing club grants close on 30 April 2017. More information is available at: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/recreational/recreational-fishing-fee/licence-fees-at-work/apply-for-funds
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    19 weeks ago Sharyn Lilley 1
    Whilst I realise you don't engage with your constituents, and comments get deleted fairly quickly, please be aware we, the people who voted for you, are aware of exactly who sold off our public utilities. I posted the following on Ms Ley's facebook. It would be nice if you could actually be honest with your constituents and tell us what your government plans to do, too. While I understand it is impossible to have energy security as the Liberal State Government have now sold off our formerly public owned utilities to private operators - and they have made the commercial decision to sell off our resources to the overseas energy markets. However I wonder how your Government intends to handle the predicted Friday black out if the private operators in NSW refuse to respond to the Australian Energy Market Operator?
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    COMMUNITY ENCOURAGED TO NOMINATE FOR 2017 NSW WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS Member for Albury, Greg Aplin today said the search has begun for local outstanding women to be recognised, with the nominations for the sixth annual 2017 NSW Women of the Year awards now open at http://www.women.nsw.gov.au. Mr Aplin said he is calling on the community to nominate extraordinary women from all walks of life, who deserve recognition for their outstanding achievements. “Every NSW community is made up of women who stand out with their remarkably inspiring success stories,” Mr Aplin said. “The Women of the Year Awards are a chance for the NSW Government and the community to officially recognise the phenomenal contribution they make.” Mr Aplin said six categories are open for nominations to honour the significant achievements of women. “Nominations are open for the prestigious NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year, A.H. Beard’s Community Hero Award, Rex’s Regional Woman of the Year, Harvey Norman’s Young Woman of the Year Award, Aboriginal Woman of the Year and a new category, Business Woman of the Year, which all celebrate the excellent achievements of women from across NSW.” Winners will join an honour-roll of inspirational alumni, including mining engineer and burns survivor Turia Pitt, leading scientist Dr Cathy Foley, domestic violence survivor and founder of the Beauty Bank Jen Armstrong and migrant communities advocate Faten el Dana. Mr Aplin said now is the time to nominate an impressive woman you know. “Don’t miss out on acknowledging a remarkable woman from our community. Entries close on January 10, 2017 – so start nominating!” Minister for Women Pru Goward, said “nominations for the Awards never fail to remind us that many women are making a difference to the lives of people around them, in their communities and across NSW. They are achieving incredible things.” A ceremony announcing the 2017 winners will be held on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017 with the Hon Mike Baird, Premier of NSW. Nominations can be made online at http://www.women.nsw.gov.au.
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  • 32 weeks ago by Greg Aplin

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    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. Lest we forget
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    32 weeks ago Carl Taylor
    THE SOMME. This is a place I don't want to be. But to decide on war,was not up to me. I crawl through this trench,all cold and wet. Sent here to kill men,whom I have never met. Stories of heroes,we often hear. But to tell the truth,I wish I wasn't here. Be brave,be fearless,we are told. But oh my god it's really cold. The days are short,the nights are long. And every now and then,we break into a song. I look at the sky,with a tear in my eye. Hoping today,that I will not die. We are told to fight,for King and glory. I hope one day,that i can tell my story. As I look around,what do I see. Boys of sixteen,much younger than me. All these men,so young and brave. To some,the end,will be an unmarked grave. When this war is over,I will never forget. The people I killed,with deep regret. With death and destruction all around. It is very strange,when we hear no sound. I will fight on,in the name of peace. And hope very soon,the killing will cease. One day soon,I hope to roam. Far away from,The Battle of The Somme. By Roxyanne Lineham,and Ralph McMorland Smith. RIP your sacrifices were not in vain we remember each and every day. As the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great war draws near each and every Politician in the World should commit to 100% support of all Returned Veterans, wounded in body or mind or not at all. If you send them to War then you need to support them and their families if they return less than they were or not at all.
  • 34 weeks ago by Greg Aplin

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    ALBURY WEST PUBLIC SCHOOL HIT TRIFECTA OF FUNDING Member for Albury, Greg Aplin visited Albury West Public School today to announce a trifecta of funding. “Albury West Public School has secured a $3,500 NSW Government Eco Schools grant to design and construct a community garden. They have also secured $3,700 under the NSW Government’s Country Arts Support Program to go towards Pixelated Words: Albury West Public School Digital and Oral Storytelling project. “Albury West Public School will also receive an additional $87,972 of needs-based funding, bring their 2017 total allocation up to $345,941,” Mr Aplin said. “It is worth noting that the Arts funding for Pixelated Words: Albury West Public School Digital and Oral Storytelling project will go to the Parents and Citizen’s Association Inc for workshops tailored to teachers and students to create digital stories using mobile devices. “It is great to see the commitment of our school communities and the delivery of record funding to our local schools by the NSW Government which provides improved opportunities for our students,” said Mr Aplin. “The NSW Government has committed an additional $2,695,622 additional needs-based funding to our local public schools in the Albury electorate in 2017. “Albury West is a friendly and focussed school with committed staff and hard-working P&C delivering great learning outcomes for students. I congratulate all involved in securing these competitive grants.”
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    Congratulations to Myrtleford for winning the Albury wodonga football association finals
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  • 44 weeks ago by Greg Aplin

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    NSW Government seeks applications for young advisors Member for Albury, Greg Aplin is encouraging young people from the electorate to consider applying for a position on the 2017 NSW Youth Advisory Council and get involved in Government decision making. Council members are sought to represent the diversity of young people living in NSW in terms of locality and gender, Aboriginality, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Mr Aplin said that the Youth Advisory Council is one of the most effective ways for young people to be involved in Government decision making. “The Youth Advisory Council is a powerful way of ensuring the voice of young people in NSW is heard loud and clear,” Mr Aplin said. “Importantly, the insights provided by the Council helps inform the development of policies and programs that affect young people.” “Members of the Council make an important and valuable contribution to the NSW Government’s work and the way we deliver services for young people in NSW,” Minister responsible for youth John Ajaka said. One of the key roles of the Youth Advisory Council is to provide advice to the Minister responsible for Youth and the Advocate for Children and Young People. The NSW Advocate for Children and Young People Andrew Johnson said that the 12 member Council meets regularly throughout the year to monitor and evaluate policies and legislations which affect young people. “The advice of the NSW Youth Advisory Council has been instrumental in our work including the important contributions they made to the development of the first three-year whole of government Strategic Plan for Children and Young People recently launched by the NSW Government,” Mr Johnson said. Applications close at 5:00pm Friday 30 September 2016. For more information and application forms please visit the Advocate for Children and Young People’s website http://www.acyp.nsw.gov.au or by call (02) 9248 0970.
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  • 51 weeks ago by Greg Aplin

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    $4.8 million fund to help boost local tourism Member for Albury, Greg Aplin has today announced applications are open for a $4.8 million fund to bolster local tourism infrastructure projects across the state. Local and state government entities, Aboriginal Land Councils, non-government organisations and private operators are encouraged to apply for a share of the funds as part of the 2016-17 Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program (TDDI). “With $4.8 million on offer for tourism projects, I encourage eligible groups to apply whether it is for exhibition facilities, road upgrades or enhancements to parks or marine areas,” said Mr Aplin. “This initiative will help boost the local tourism industry and encourage economic growth in communities. I encourage all NSW tourism operators and organisations to submit their applications as soon as they can so they don’t miss out,” said Mr Aplin Projects should create and encourage visitation to a destination and fall into the categories of: Environmental – the development or enhancement of natural assets Built - such as mixed use, exhibition and sporting facilities, Transport - such as roads, rail networks, ports, airports and Enabling – Indigenous tourism development, plans and feasibility studies and programs to improve industry capability. Project funding must be matched dollar for dollar by project organisers. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres emphasised the importance of tourism infrastructure in ensuring NSW remains the number one destination in Australia. “NSW is seeing a huge increase in visitor numbers and visitor expenditure, with visitors to the state spending $31.5 billion in the year ending March 2016. Programs like the TDDI ensure that we are constantly improving the visitor experience so we can continue this phenomenal growth,” said Mr Ayres. Further information on the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program, including Guidelines and Application Process, are available on http://www.nsw.gov.au/tddi. Applications close 2pm, Tuesday 9 August 2016. All applications must be submitted using the online application form on the NSW eTendering website http://www.etendering.nsw.gov.au
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    43 weeks ago Elizabeth Lynch
    That indoor pool everyone has been talking about would certainly be great for Tourism and for the locals. We also need up-to-date information places of interest put into all accommodation establishments in town.
  • 51 weeks ago by Greg Aplin

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    NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate the contribution of Aboriginal people and culture to our diverse society said Greg Aplin, Member for Albury. This year’s theme Songlines - the living narrative of our nation celebrates the cultural beginnings of the Dreamtime that connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to country. Mr Aplin said Songlines record the travels of ancestral spirits who ‘sung’ the land into life and have been kept alive through shared sacred stories and ceremonies for tens of thousands of years. “I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to explore and celebrate how, through Songlines, people remain connected to Country,” said Mr Aplin. “The Songlines in Albury is planned for Wednesday, July 6, 2016 between 13:45 to 20:45 at Wonga Wetlands - Riverina Highway. The First Nations people used Songlines to navigate vast distances and map oceans, waterholes, rivers, birds, animals, plants and hunting grounds, with the paths recorded in traditional arts, crafts, dance, songs and stories “Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leslie Williams said, “The NSW Government has provided funding to 200 Aboriginal Community Organisations to run events this year, almost double provided last year”. Mr Aplin said he was pleased that the Woomera Aboriginal Corporation event ‘Celebrating Woomera’s Songlines’ had received support to profile their culture and heritage during this important week. The NSW Government is committed to partnering with communities to foster pride in Aboriginal culture and heritage and NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and what it brings to our communities,” Mr Aplin said.
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    51 weeks ago Bev Widdison
    Oh by the way WE ARE NOT SYDNEY sir!