Matters of State | The announcement of a new fleet of trains

DESIGN: An artist's impression of one of the trains in the new fleet.
DESIGN: An artist's impression of one of the trains in the new fleet.

A big big day for Dubbo and regional NSW. This is what good Government looks like listen to the needs of the community, have the vision, make the commitment and deliver the outcome.

It was terrific to have NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Transport Minister Andrew Constance in Dubbo last week to announce the signing off of a $2.8 billion rail project that will be based out of Dubbo.

We had already stated the new Rail Maintenance Facility would be based in the city, but the announcement of a new fleet of trains to take the place of our current XPT, XPLORER and Endeavour trains.

This entire project, which includes maintenance services for the first 15 years, will ensure the Dubbo electorate becomes the hub for rail in this state, and gives kids in our region another viable alternative when it comes to a career.

This investment will inject billions of new dollars into regional NSW, creating local jobs during the fit out and commissioning of the new fleet and building a new industry in Dubbo to service and maintain that fleet.

Happy and Healthy

There is little doubt that the Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers introduced by the NSW Government have been winners – the number of families making use of the $100 rebates says as much.

Which is why it was announced on the weekend, the Active Kids program was being doubled, allowing families to claim two $100 vouchers per year, with the twin aims of encouraging children to play sport from January to December and to further ease the cost of living for NSW families.

We all know the cost of children’s sport can be overwhelming, so in 2019 a second $100 Active Kids voucher will be available for the six month period from July 1 to December 31.

From 2020 two $100 Active Kids vouchers will be available from Service NSW for the entire calendar year.

“We are doing everything we can through our strong financial management to ease the cost of living burdens on families,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Because of the strength of the NSW Budget we are able to allocate more funding because we want more kids to be happy and healthy.”

Stock Thief

Fantastic news for our rural communities this week with 18 new Rural Crime Investigators set to join the NSW Police Force ranks to help tackle stock theft, illegal hunting, and firearms offences to name a few. 

Our RCIs do an amazing job supporting our farmers, and this will only strengthen those efforts.

Major Bushfires

Visiting the Tingha and Tabulam communities today as our NSW Rural Fire Service firies, with support from Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service , continue their response to major bushfires in the area.

Our thoughts are with all those affected and displaced by these terrible fires - especially those who’ve lost their family homes and other properties.

The Fire Control Centre updated us today on the current operational activities, and while the emergency response is continuing, we have already inserted recovery staff into the local areas to help people start getting back on their feet.

Big thank you to all our volunteers in the field who I know are doing everything they can to continue protecting lives and infrastructure. 

Your efforts are absolutely appreciated in the community.

Until next week, Troy