30 April 2013
In my travels around the electorate this month it has been lovely to see the changing colours of the leaves on the trees as autumn progresses. Like most of you, I have been looking to the skies and watching for rain to wet the soil, fill the dams and grow the grass and crops. At least the weather has remained mild enough to allow for crops to be sown if we do get a late break.
I recently announced that more residents in the Burrinjuck electorate may be eligible to receive an electricity rebate following the NSW Government’s extension of the Low Income Household Rebate to people living in retirement villages. This funding is additional to the $210 million package of assistance measures announced by the NSW Government last year which helps households manage rising electricity costs. More information about this rebate is available from www.trade.nsw.gov.au/energy/customers/rebates or by calling your energy retailer.
The NSW Government continues to improve the State’s infrastructure and this month I turned the first sod on the new bridge and road at Wyangala Dam which will link Trout Farm Road and Darby’s Falls Road. I also announced that the NSW Government will provide financial assistance of up to $1.75million to replace the Tarengo Bridge on Main Road 380, the Boorowa to Harden Road. In addition I announced the opening of the tender to replace the Holman Bridge over the Lachlan River at Goolobong, the start of work to resurface the intersection of Temora and Hovell Streets on the Cootamundra bypass and work on the Nanima Road near Murrumbateman under the NSW Black Spot Program.
The proposal to establish a HealthOne facility in Yass is gaining momentum as the NSW Government has invested $50,000 to fund planning for the redevelopment of Yass Hospital to include a HealthOne facility.
It’s great to get out and about in the electorate, and I was pleased to announce the successful Burrinjuck community and local government groups that will receive NSW Government funding from the Community Building Partnerships (CBP) Program, and to present cheques to these groups. The Community Building Partnership funding is a very effective program and to date the NSW Government has invested well over $1.3million in the Burrinjuck electorate thereby significantly boosting local community infrastructure. Successful community groups came from Bethungra, Cowra, Boorowa, Yass, Murrumbateman, Crookwell, Gunning, Cootamundra, Young and Grenfell. During the month I also met with the Mayor and General Managers of several local shire to discuss various issues and I also held constituent interviews across the electorate.
On ANZAC Day I laid a wreath at the Dawn Service in Yass and gave the keynote address during the remembrance ceremony in Harden and then further addressed the Light Horse ANZAC Ceremony in Murrumburrah. It was good to see an increase in the number of people within our local area attending the various ANZAC Day services held across the electorate.
My Ministerial obligations have ensured that I have been travelling around the State as well as within the electorate. I have continued to work on our new Local Land Services models, meeting many stakeholders, and I have held meetings concerning OJD and the Murray Darling Basin Plan. I also planted the first Oyster Wine grape vines in Australia in Cowra, opened the Australian Water Congress & Expo and launched the Copeton Dam Safety Upgrade north west of Armidale, amongst many other things.
|Katrina announces more school maintenance funding|
14 May 2013
The Nationals Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson, announced today that Bigga Public School, Jugiong Public School and Murrumburrah High School will receive additional maintenance funding this year.
“The NSW Department of Education has made efficiency savings from their budget, which means an extra $10 million can now be allocated to schools across NSW as additional maintenance funding,” Katrina said.
|Katrina warns horse owners about "Strangles"|
10 May 2013
The Nationals Member for Burrinjuck and Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, is urging local horse owners to ensure their horses’ immunisations are up to date due to outbreaks of the contagious disease ‘Strangles’ in 20 locations across NSW and the ACT.
“Although Strangles is a contagious bacterial disease it can’t be passed on to humans and most cases in horses are not severe,” Katrina said.
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