Kevin Humphries

STATE OF BARWON

EASING COST OF LIVING FOR NSW SENIORS
Seniors in Barwon will continue to have access to exclusive discounts on their gas and electricity. The recent announcement from AGL will offer Seniors Card members a 25 per cent guaranteed discount off electricity usage and 19 per cent guaranteed discount off gas usage charges on a two-year energy plan. The NSW Government is committed to doing everything it can to reduce the cost of living and ensure that our seniors are supported in retirement. Our community is better and more inclusive thanks to the contributions made by older people. When they are active and involved in community life, everyone benefits. The program can give seniors peace of mind and help them with household budgets. Offering customers competitive deals as well as improving transparency on energy prices. For more information on the Seniors Card, visit www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au. To contact AGL to sign up, visit www.agl.com.au/Seniors or call 13 12 45 from 1 July. 

LAND NEGOTIATION PROGRAM STEPS UP
The NSW Government is calling for interested local governments and local Aboriginal Land Councils to join the next phase of the Land Negotiation Program. We are looking to enter into additional voluntary negotiations following the introduction of the program last year. These negotiations mean Aboriginal Land Councils and local governments can sit down with the NSW Government and consider land claims in a more efficient and strategic way. These negotiations are intended to provide more certainty around land that holds cultural, spiritual or economic significance to indigenous communities. There will be an opportunity for local indigenous communities and local governments to have a direct say in the management of land that is not already classified as State-significant. I encourage all local governments and Aboriginal land councils interested to take part in this voluntary program, which aims to deliver better management of Crown land for the benefit of the entire community. EOIs close 5pm Friday 18 August 2017. www.crownland.nsw.gov.au/crown_lands/land-negotiation-program

NARRABRI SHIRE COUNCIL AIRPORT ANNOUNCEMENT
I was pleased to be in attendance at the recent Narrabri Shire Council event announcing Fly Corporate is to commence Sydney - Narrabri flights in September. This announcement comes after a sustained effort by Council to secure flights to Sydney for Narrabri Shire and its regional residents. Fly Corporate operate the current Brisbane - Narrabri flight and a Sydney flight adds to their local offerings. Fly Corporate have provided a great quality service to Brisbane, the Narrabri Shire and regional residents have shown their confidence in that service, which has resulted in the expansion and announcement of the new service to Sydney.

NEW BIOSECURITY ACT TO PROTECT OUR STATE
Recently the State’s new biosecurity reforms were switched on as the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015 commences. The new Act will replace 14 outdated Acts with a modern, cohesive framework for protecting the State from the threat of animal, plant, pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants. I encourage everyone in Barwon – from recreational fishers to rural landholders across the electorate – to make sure they’re aware of their general biosecurity duties under the new legislation. The community has an important role to play in managing biosecurity, particularly as a source of information – they are our eyes and ears on the ground. The new framework is a smarter way of managing biosecurity risks through risk monitoring and flexible management tools, emergency response powers and community education. Eleven Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans developed by Local Land Services and Local Control Authorities in conjunction with Regional Weed Committees were also activated. The strength of these plans is a direct result of the community partnering together to achieve a coordinated approach to landscape-scale weed management in the 11 Local Land Services regions. To support the reform and regional plans, DPI has developed the WeedWise app – an educative tool providing landholders with information on treating and managing weeds.

OUT AND ABOUT
This week the Deputy Premier and I will be visiting the Far West of our electorate, meeting with councils, local organisations and community representatives. We have several exciting announcements which will continue to enhance our rural communities; I am particularly excited about yesterday’s announcement in Broken Hill. A special ‘NSW TrainLink Silver City Stiletto’ service is bound for Broken Hill as part of the annual Broken Heel Festival to be held in September. Tourism plays a critical role in the sustainability of our communities and the Broken Heel Festival will be a major boost for the local economy and tourism.

Narrabri Electorate Office

Phone: (02) 6792 1422
Facsimile: (02) 6792 1466

Postal Address
60 Maitland Street
PO Box 345
Narrabri  NSW 2390

 

Cobar Electorate Office

Phone: (02) 6836 3722
Facsimile: (02) 6836 3811

Postal Address
11 Barton Street
PO Box 99
Cobar NSW 2835

Broken Hill Electorate Office

Phone: (08) 8087 3315
Facsimile: (08) 8087 1796

Postal Address
1/142 Argent Street
Broken Hill 2880