STATE VIEW: Electricity poll sell-off would costs billions in revenue

In 2012-13 the state's electricity poles and wires yielded NSW just over $1 billion in revenue.

If we sell them, that money disappears.

Worth thinking about isn't it?

Funding boost

Earlier this week I announced that the NSW Government has secured a 12 per cent increase in federal government funding for Orange Community Transport. 

The funding boost is provided under the Home and Community Care (HACC) program and aims to help people to live independently by providing transport to shopping, medical and other appointments.

The $20,524 funding increase for Orange is part of a larger $12 million, 30 per cent statewide increase in HACC funding and will result in 659 extra trips for Orange.

This is a significant increase that will make a big difference to our ability to help people connect with local services through community transport.

Plein air painting workshop

Last week I paid a visit to the students at Orange High School who were participating in a painting workshop held in conjunction with the NSW Parliament’s Plein Air Painting Prize. 

Twenty schools from across the state are participating in the workshops, with three students to have their paintings hung at Parliament House in Sydney. 

Matilda Julian, an artist from Geurie, was on hand to assist the year 8 and 9 students and hopefully we’ll see some of their work hanging in State Parliament!  

International Midwives Day

This week we pay tribute to the skill, dedication and compassion shown by the many registered midwives at local hospitals in the not only in the Orange electorate, but right across the world.

The International Day of the Midwife, which is marked every year on the 5 May, is a time for celebrating and highlighting the important work of midwives.

Midwives play an important role in providing clinical support to mothers, with their knowledge and compassion providing comfort to so many. 

Locally, I’d like to recognise Roslyn Webster who was announced as Orange’s 2014 Midwife of the Year. Roslyn has delivered hundreds of babies during her career and has played an important role in developing the new water birthing services at Orange Health Service. 

Well done to Roslyn! 

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