Kevin Humphries


Last Friday, I was thrilled to announce our Barwon electorate will receive $22,492,419 as part of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Road Funding – Round 3. This investment will significantly reduce costs to business and industry, while driving economic growth and improving the lives of people across in our electorate. Economic growth in our areas relies on agricultural commodities, industrial products and natural resources being able to move to market efficiently. That is why it is so important to ensure our country roads make it easy for freight vehicles to get to where they need to be. Regional NSW produces around 210 million tonnes of freight a year, with freight volume expected to increase by 25 per cent over the next 40 years. Safe and reliable roads are essential to maintaining our standard of living and will continue to be a priority for the NSW Government.

Further to my announcement on Barwon Fixing Country Roads funding, I also announced Barwon has received $6,458,567 in funding to breathe life into local community projects as part of the NSW Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities Fund. The Stronger Country Communities fund is a once-in-a-generation investment and it will provide regional towns with the infrastructure they deserve. To date, 9 councils across the electorate have benefited from the funding, seeing key pieces of local infrastructure rejuvenated. Our community has been calling out for upgrades to local facilities and I’m thrilled these can now be carried out. Community assets in the Barwon electorate – such as Bogan Shire’s Larkin Oval, the Brewarrina Pool and Cobar Shire’s Drummond Park Adventure playground help foster connectedness and town pride.
Further projects will be announced in the coming months for many of our Barwon Councils. Applications for Round Two of funding will open in March 2018 and further details can be found at

In commemoration of International day for people with disability, the NSW Government announced Jobs for people with disability: A plan for the NSW public Sector. I welcomed the10 year plan that aims to double the number of people with disability working in the public sector from 2.7 per cent to 5.6 per cent by 2027. The NSW Government is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce. There are a number of ways the public sector can embrace the plan, such as delivering more internships and graduate roles for people with disability, and ensuring accessibility is front of mind in the design and fit out of new or refurbished workplaces. To achieve the Government’s target, the plan establishes four priority action areas:

  • Improve attraction and recruitment of people with disability
  • Create more inclusive and accessible workplaces to reduce the exit rate of employees with disability 
  • Support career development and progression for employees with disability
  • Better understand performance and the needs of employees with disability by collecting more robust data

The Department of Family and Community Services and the NSW Public Service Commission partnered to develop the sector-wide plan. For more information and implementation of the plan visit 

The NSW Government remains committed to preserving a viable, well-maintained and connected network of Travelling Stock Reserves across NSW. Almost 900 submissions were made to the NSW Government’s comprehensive review of the Travelling Stock Reserves (TSR) network. An interim report was released today. A full understanding of how TSRs are used today will inform the Government on how they should be preserved and managed in the future. There are more than 6,500 TSRs on Crown Land in NSW, covering about two million hectares, with 75 per cent in the western division. Most leaseholders in the western division said TSRs on their properties have not been used for travelling stock for more than a decade due to better and cheaper transport options. But submissions from the central and eastern division outlined how TSRs remain important for droving, Aboriginal cultural heritage, recreation and biosecurity. The Review has created a comprehensive map of TSRs. The map highlights their value to regional NSW, including droving, environmental connectivity, Aboriginal cultural heritage and recreation. The TSR review’s final report will be released early next year. The interim report can be found at

I encourage our local community to provide their ideas for a new coach service which will operate between Bourke and Brewarrina, and Dubbo. People from Bourke, Brewarrina and towns along the way will be able to travel safely and comfortably to Dubbo, spend up to four hours in town and return home later that afternoon. Starting next year as a trial, new day-return services between the centres will be included on the NSW TrainLink coach timetable. The additional NSW TrainLink services will create new and better opportunities for Barwon community members to travel to the regional centre of Dubbo for medical and business appointments, shopping, recreational activities or to catch-up with friends and family. Currently, if you’re travelling from Bourke or Brewarrina to Dubbo, you have to stay overnight or organise your own return travel as there’s no day return option. This additional service will provide more flexibility. Public feedback on the service options will be important for confirming the timetable and operations for the trial period. The survey is available on the Transport for NSW website at The proposed extra service will follow the current NSW TrainLink route: Bourke and Brewarrina – Byrock - Coolabah - Girilambone - Nyngan – Nevertire – Trangie - Narromine – Dubbo and return.

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