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Nurses’ own stories and their calls for more staff to help patients

THE state election is over, but Central West nurses say they are still waiting to hear from the re-elected NSW Government about its promise to hire more nurses in the region. In the lead-up to International Nurses Day on May 12, nurses say promises of more staff must be delivered to help cope with workload issues. NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association Dubbo Base Hospital president, Kelly Crosby, said they had still been given no indication of what the hospital would actually receive in terms of increased staffing. READ MORE: I don't have staff to help me, nurse calls out for help “We're still asking for ratios of one nurse to three patients in our emergency department here at Dubbo Base, a ratio of one to three in our paediatrics ward and postnatal maternity ward, and we definitely need improved ratios in mental health,” she said. “The government earmarked an extra 271 nurses and midwives over four years, but that still has to spread across 39 facilities in our local heal..

THE state election is over, but Central West nurses say they are still waiting to hear from the re-elected NSW Government about its promise to hire more nurses in the region. In the lead-up to International Nurses Day on May 12, nurses say promises of more staff must be delivered to help cope with workload issues. NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association Dubbo Base Hospital president, Kelly Crosby, said they had still been given no indication of what the hospital would actually receive in terms of increased staffing. READ MORE: I don't have staff to help me, nurse calls out for help "We're still asking for ratios of one nurse to three patients in our emergency department here at Dubbo Base, a ratio of one to three in our paediatrics ward and postnatal maternity ward, and we definitely need improved ratios in mental health," she said. "The government earmarked an extra 271 nurses and midwives over four years, but that still has to spread across 39 facilities in our local health district. "It's not much, particularly when we've already got workloads issues." Ms Crosby said they need an increased security presence across the shifts and better safety or de-escalation training for staff. "Car parking continues to be an ongoing issue for staff at the Base too," she said. A Western NSW Local Health District spokeswoman (WNSWLHD) said the NSW Government recently announced the largest workforce boost in the history of Australian healthcare with 8300 frontline staff, including 5000 nurses and midwives, to be deployed across the state. READ MORE: Nurses accuses hospital management of bullying and harassment "Based on current demand projections, the planned workforce boost could mean Western NSW will see 390 new staff, including 27 doctors, 271 nurses and midwives, 37 allied health staff and more than 50 hospital support staff," she said. "All hospital wards are staffed in accordance with the requirements contained within the Public Health System Nurses' and Midwives' (State) Award agreed upon with unions in 2010." The WNSWLHD spokeswoman said more than $2 million had been spent on a range of measures to increase security at hospitals, including: 24-hour security staff on site, fixed and mobile duress alarms so staff could summon assistance when necessary, staff training to ensure they have the necessary skills to prevent and manage aggressive incidents, and CCTV cameras. ORANGE nurse Joe Webster will never forget what he was told when he began his career 20 years ago. "[The] best advice I was given when I was starting out was to treat the patients how I'd like my grandmother to be treated," said Mr Webster, a clinical nurse consultant in Stomal Therapy and Wound Management at Orange Hospital. Now he is proudly passing on the same advice to new nurses. "Remember why you got into nursing in the first place and be compassionate to your patients," Mr Webster said. "Every patient is someone's grandmother, grandfather or relative." Mr Webster is a well-respected nurse for the care he provides to patients and his training and education with new nurses. READ MORE: Lithgow nurse marks 50 years in the hospital system He got into nursing at the age of 19 after he was motivated by his aunty, a mental health nurse, and has never considered doing anything else. "It's been good and hard at times," said Mr Webster, who starts his day with a coffee and by looking at new referrals in his specialty areas. "I have got a position that I really enjoy. I have got a good working relationship with nurses and doctors. READ MORE: Dubbo nurse Gail Snelgar recognised for her work in health "I feel my input is valued, so that's a nice feeling to come to work to. I feel lucky that I have got a role that is specialised." Like Mr Webster, Dubbo nurse Tammy O'Connor joined the profession after being influenced by her mother, who is a registered nurse. Ms O'Connor, who started as an assistant nurse in 2004 and is now a clinical midwifery consultant, says the stories she heard in her first year of studying convinced her she wanted to be a midwife as well. She now has her own stories to tell. And her most memorable moment? The first time she helped deliver a baby. "This then extended to the first time I birthed a baby who was coming out face first, not head first; the first time I assisted a woman birthing in the front seat of her car; and the first time I witnessed the birth of twins," Ms O'Connor said. "Unfortunately, it's not just the happy times that are so memorable "Being present and assisting a woman to birth and grieve a stillbirth baby is something that a midwife will always remember. Being able to comfort a woman and her family in this time of need is a privilege." Bathurst's Karen Beattie has been with NSW Health for 29 years Like Ms O'Connor, Ms Beattie decided to become a nurse very early in her life. "I really didn't have any idea what I wanted to do until I had knee surgery in year 12 and that was when I decided to do nursing," Ms Beattie said. Ms Beattie, a haemovigilance clinical nurse consultant and a recipient of the NSW Local Health District staff member of the year award in 2018, says there are so many job opportunities in nursing, including clinical, management and education. "You can be a nurse in many different locations – from hospitals, universities, medical and community centres to patients' homes," Ms Beattie said. "You can travel the country and the world with the qualification." This International Nurses Day, Central West nurses want members of the community to acknowledge their work and stand behind them in their demand for more nurses on the floor. Mr Webster said it's not about nurses getting more money, it's about getting more nurses so they can provide better care to each patient. Ms Beattie says experienced nursing staff can be hard to find. READ MORE: Dubbo hospital staff strike as bed cleaning conflict intensifies "We need to support and encourage our new nurses so they stay engaged with the profession. There are challenges around nursing ratios and patient acuity," she said. "Shift work can also be difficult at times. "There are times when we don't have the equipment to do the best job we can. We need supported time for mindfulness and mental wellbeing." READ MORE: Hospital History, the role Mudgee played in nursing Ms O'Connor says rural and remote nursing and midwifery pose a number of challenges as well. The challenges include workforce recruitment and retention, socioeconomic disadvantages and the growing gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health outcomes. "However, in the face of challenges, it also provides a number of opportunities to work with these challenges," Ms O'Connor said. By BRADLEY JURD Ratios, security and culture. Those are the three biggest issues facing nurses in Bathurst, with the Bathurst Nurses and Midwives' Association calling on the state government to fulfil its promises. And a spokesperson from the association has called on the government to provide extra staff to handle heavy workload at the Bathurst Hospital. READ ALSO: Where and when you can cast a pre-poll vote ahead of the federal election "We need the government to be serious about giving us our ratios (nurses to patient) so that we can provide safe patient care. We need the correct staffing numbers," the representative said. "We need more security [at Bathurst hospital] in light of what's been happening across the state. We need security 24-7 in the emergency department and more heightened security around the facility." The spokesperson also said there is a bullying culture in Bathurst, especially when it comes to overtime, with nurses feeling like they have to do extra work because of a lack of staff. READ ALSO: Dismantling, disrupting the supply of illicit drugs in the Central West "Staff are doing excessive overtime, they are coerced into doing the over time," they said. "They feel like they have to do it because they haven't got an aid to look after their patients and their is no other staff to come in and do that." According to the spokesperson, the state government hasn't fulfilled its promise to provide more staff. "The wards are staffed to the minimum amount that they require. Therefore you never get extra hours on top of your allocation," they said. "They [government] is only providing what they have to provide and nothing extra."

As International Nurses Day approaches on May 12, reporters Sahil Makkar and Bradley Jurd sat down with our region's nurses to talk about staffing levels, highs and lows of the job, and what they hope for in the future.[hhmc]

THE state election is over, but Central West nurses say they are still waiting to hear from the re-elected NSW Government about its promise to hire more nurses in the region.

In the lead-up to International Nurses Day on May 12, nurses say promises of more staff must be delivered to help cope with workload issues.

NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association Dubbo Base Hospital president, Kelly Crosby, said they had still been given no indication of what the hospital would actually receive in terms of increased staffing.

"We're still asking for ratios of one nurse to three patients in our emergency department here at Dubbo Base, a ratio of one to three in our paediatrics ward and postnatal maternity ward, and we definitely need improved ratios in mental health," she said.

"The government earmarked an extra 271 nurses and midwives over four years, but that still has to spread across 39 facilities in our local health district.

"It's not much, particularly when we've already got workloads issues."

HELP HEEDED: Luke Sanger, Fraser McLennan, Sam Little, Ani Paulose and Sasha Pauline during a rally that was calling on better nurse-to-patient ratios outside Orange Hospital in September 2018. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0918jknurses3

Ms Crosby said they need an increased security presence across the shifts and better safety or de-escalation training for staff.

"Car parking continues to be an ongoing issue for staff at the Base too," she said.

A Western NSW Local Health District spokeswoman (WNSWLHD) said the NSW Government recently announced the largest workforce boost in the history of Australian healthcare with 8300 frontline staff, including 5000 nurses and midwives, to be deployed across the state.

"Based on current demand projections, the planned workforce boost could mean Western NSW will see 390 new staff, including 27 doctors, 271 nurses and midwives, 37 allied health staff and more than 50 hospital support staff," she said.

"All hospital wards are staffed in accordance with the requirements contained within the Public Health System Nurses' and Midwives' (State) Award agreed upon with unions in 2010."

The WNSWLHD spokeswoman said more than $2 million had been spent on a range of measures to increase security at hospitals, including: 24-hour security staff on site, fixed and mobile duress alarms so staff could summon assistance when necessary, staff training to ensure they have the necessary skills to prevent and manage aggressive incidents, and CCTV cameras.

Caring for you with pride, but who will care for them?

Orange nurse Joe webster

Orange nurse Joe webster

ORANGE nurse Joe Webster will never forget what he was told when he began his career 20 years ago.

"[The] best advice I was given when I was starting out was to treat the patients how I'd like my grandmother to be treated," said Mr Webster, a clinical nurse consultant in Stomal Therapy and Wound Management at Orange Hospital.

Now he is proudly passing on the same advice to new nurses.

Remember why you got into nursing in the first place and be compassionate to your patients.

Orange nurse Joe Webster

"Remember why you got into nursing in the first place and be compassionate to your patients," Mr Webster said.

"Every patient is someone's grandmother, grandfather or relative."

Mr Webster is a well-respected nurse for the care he provides to patients and his training and education with new nurses.

He got into nursing at the age of 19 after he was motivated by his aunty, a mental health nurse, and has never considered doing anything else.

"It's been good and hard at times," said Mr Webster, who starts his day with a coffee and by looking at new referrals in his specialty areas.

"I have got a position that I really enjoy. I have got a good working relationship with nurses and doctors.

"I feel my input is valued, so that's a nice feeling to come to work to. I feel lucky that I have got a role that is specialised."

Like Mr Webster, Dubbo nurse Tammy O'Connor joined the profession after being influenced by her mother, who is a registered nurse.

Dubbo nurse Tammy O'Connor won the Anthea Kerr Award which is a NSW Premier's Award for Public Service.

Dubbo nurse Tammy O'Connor won the Anthea Kerr Award which is a NSW Premier's Award for Public Service.

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How Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Bush Summit speech went down in Dubbo

Drought-stricken farmers and their neighbours in country communities might not have heard exactly what they wanted to from Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Dubbo but many have praised him for listening to their concerns and explaining how he's helping them. “He spoke very well,” said 70-year-old Binnaway farmer Kym Monkton, who was one of about 200 people from across Western NSW who gathered in the city to see Mr Morrison speak at the Daily Telegraph's Bush Summit on Thursday. “The key thing he said was that Aussie farmers are one of the best in the world and there's a reason for that – we're unsubsidised unlike the European Union, UK and USA,” Mr Monkton said. “We cost the government very little and as a result we are very efficient because we stand on our own.” READ ALSO: Drought upgrades bring a boost to the shire Mr Monkton said while he appreciated all “the little bits and pieces” of support governments offered farmers doing it tough, he wanted to see a more “p..

Drought-stricken farmers and their neighbours in country communities might not have heard exactly what they wanted to from Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Dubbo but many have praised him for listening to their concerns and explaining how he's helping them. "He spoke very well," said 70-year-old Binnaway farmer Kym Monkton, who was one of about 200 people from across Western NSW who gathered in the city to see Mr Morrison speak at the Daily Telegraph's Bush Summit on Thursday. "The key thing he said was that Aussie farmers are one of the best in the world and there's a reason for that – we're unsubsidised unlike the European Union, UK and USA," Mr Monkton said. "We cost the government very little and as a result we are very efficient because we stand on our own." READ ALSO: Drought upgrades bring a boost to the shire Mr Monkton said while he appreciated all "the little bits and pieces" of support governments offered farmers doing it tough, he wanted to see a more "permanent fix". "I'd like to see the introduction of a national water and fodder scheme," he said. "I'd also like to see the Bradfield Scheme embraced, that's about diverting coastal waters inland." Massive pipelines should be constructed to transfer water from places like the Ord River in Western Australia to drier communities susceptible to drought, Mr Monkton believes. "Irrigation is the key to agriculture and agriculture is key to the economy," he said. "We are the driest continent in the world and we're getting drier. Most of our average annual rainfalls have decreased since 2000." During his 30-minute speech, Mr Morrison spoke about the billions of dollars his government had already spent helping farmers and country communities. READ ALSO: Saleyards intersection to receive major upgrades More support through the farm household allowance, funding to manage pests and weeds, extra mental health assistance and money for charities supporting vulnerable communities were among the measures already being delivered, Mr Morrison said. Country councils have also been provided with up to $1 million in funding. "The Dubbo Regional Council used its funding to invest in the Stuart Town water supply, the installation of shades for the Dubbo Livestock Markets and an ambulatory toilet facility here in the CBD," Mr Morrison told the audience. READ ALSO: Dubbo indebted to 'extraordinary man' and his incredible goal He said the establishment of a future drought fund and passage of anti-trespass laws to prevent farms from being invaded by "utterly disgraceful cowardly keyboard warriors" would also help support people on the land. "We know our climate is changing and we know the drought has always been apart of the Australian landscape, we know this drought won't be the last and that's why we're establishing a future drought fund," Mr Morrison said. A permanent soil advocate will also be introduced to help farmers improve profitability and boost water storage by addressing climate challenges and poor management practices that impact on soil quality. "The stuff on soil was good, that's such a critical aspect," Dubbo resident Sally Larkings said after she watched the speech. Mr Morrison's message that the future of Australia depended on the success of country communities was also spot on, she said. After the speech Mr Morrison took a range of questions from the floor about extra roads funding, the Murray Darling Basin Plan, subsidies and population growth. In response Mr Morrison said if more subsidies for things like fodder were introduced that would push up the price and the Murray Darling Basin Plan could not be changed unless the states agreed. Attracting more migrants to country areas and diversifying the economy would help with population growth, he said. A large amount of money is also being invested in roads and the "the bush is not broken, the bush is surviving and the bush will thrive", Mr Morrison said. Five panel discussions featuring a range of prominent community, business, political and industry leaders are now taking place at the day-long summit. Topics such as regional jobs, tourism, transport, water and land management will be discussed.

OUTLINING WORK: Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks at the Bush Summit in Dubbo. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Drought-stricken farmers and their neighbours in country communities might not have heard exactly what they wanted to from Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Dubbo but many have praised him for listening to their concerns and explaining how he's helping them.

"He spoke very well," said 70-year-old Binnaway farmer Kym Monkton, who was one of about 200 people from across Western NSW who gathered in the city to see Mr Morrison speak at the Daily Telegraph's Bush Summit on Thursday.

"The key thing he said was that Aussie farmers are one of the best in the world and there's a reason for that – we're unsubsidised unlike the European Union, UK and USA," Mr Monkton said.

"We cost the government very little and as a result we are very efficient because we stand on our own."

Mr Monkton said while he appreciated all "the little bits and pieces" of support governments offered farmers doing it tough, he wanted to see a more "permanent fix".

"I'd like to see the introduction of a national water and fodder scheme," he said.

"I'd also like to see the Bradfield Scheme embraced, that's about diverting coastal waters inland."

PROVIDING FEEDBACK: Kym Monkton at the Bush Summit. Photo: RYAN YOUNG

PROVIDING FEEDBACK: Kym Monkton at the Bush Summit. Photo: RYAN YOUNG

Massive pipelines should be constructed to transfer water from places like the Ord River in Western Australia to drier communities susceptible to drought, Mr Monkton believes.

"Irrigation is the key to agriculture and agriculture is key to the economy," he said.

"We are the driest continent in the world and we're getting drier. Most of our average annual rainfalls have decreased since 2000."

During his 30-minute speech, Mr Morrison spoke about the billions of dollars his government had already spent helping farmers and country communities.

More support through the farm household allowance, funding to manage pests and weeds, extra mental health assistance and money for charities supporting vulnerable communities were among the measures already being delivered, Mr Morrison said.

Country councils have also been provided with up to $1 million in funding.

"The Dubbo Regional Council used its funding to invest in the Stuart Town water supply, the installation of shades for the Dubbo Livestock Markets and an ambulatory toilet facility here in the CBD," Mr Morrison told the audience.

He said the establishment of a future drought fund and passage of anti-trespass laws to prevent farms from being invaded by "utterly disgraceful cowardly keyboard warriors" would also help support people on the land.

"We know our climate is changing and we know the drought has always been apart of the Australian landscape, we know this drought won't be the last and that's why we're establishing a future drought fund," Mr Morrison said.

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Study reveals Geographe Bay’s whale nursery

Read more: Whales take a quick break in Flinders Bay Evidence of a southern right whale aggregation area has been discovered in Geographe Bay by a team of dedicated researchers at Point Piquet. Southwest Whale Ecology Study scientist Chris Burton will present the research team's findings at the 2019 Australian Marine Sciences Association's conference in Fremantle. Mr Burton said the research was conducted with Sandra Salgado from Oceans Blueprint, Brodie Elsdon and photographers Ian Wiese and Blair Ranford. “We will be presenting evidence that southern right whales have been coming into Geographe Bay for years,” he said. “We have land based sightings to show that from the last 15 years, and in the last couple of years there have been more 2018 was huge, there were almost as three times as many sightings. “There were about 20 to 30 from our land based station at Point Piquet.” Mr Burton said it was great because southern right whales were still endangered in Australian waters…

Read more: Whales take a quick break in Flinders Bay Evidence of a southern right whale aggregation area has been discovered in Geographe Bay by a team of dedicated researchers at Point Piquet. Southwest Whale Ecology Study scientist Chris Burton will present the research team's findings at the 2019 Australian Marine Sciences Association's conference in Fremantle. Mr Burton said the research was conducted with Sandra Salgado from Oceans Blueprint, Brodie Elsdon and photographers Ian Wiese and Blair Ranford. "We will be presenting evidence that southern right whales have been coming into Geographe Bay for years," he said. "We have land based sightings to show that from the last 15 years, and in the last couple of years there have been more 2018 was huge, there were almost as three times as many sightings. "There were about 20 to 30 from our land based station at Point Piquet." Mr Burton said it was great because southern right whales were still endangered in Australian waters. "It is important to get the word out about how important Geographe and Flinders Bays are, all the whales go to Flinders Bay in their northern migration and Geographe Bay gets the whales in their southern migration," he said "They come in for resting, with the southern rights Geographe Bay is actually a nursery, the females are nursing their calves, and the males are looking for unaccompanied females, they just chill out. "There are threats to whales and one of them is boat traffic and underwater noise, we have seen quite a few incidents with people on jet skis and boats just hammer around the whales "You can see them getting disturbed, more importantly with southern rights because there are so few of them, and if they do get disturbed all the time they will not come here. "People need to know not to drive really fast during the whale season and really keep a lookout for whales, because you do not want to hit one." Mr Burton said there had been really good research done in Australia which found two-sub populations of southern right whales. "It is pretty exciting, we saw all these southern right whales last year and after looking at the plan they describe aggregation areas," he said. "There are three huge aggregation areas along the West Coast including Doubtful Island, Twilight Cove and the head of the Bight in SA. "In between that there are all these little bays, traditionally they spread out before they were hunted. "They used to go to Geographe Bay and off Perth and everywhere, then they were slaughtered somewhere between 30,000 and 70,000. "They left around 300 southern right whales. "The southern right whale population in the western part of southern Australia is going pretty well. It has come up to 2900 and on the eastern side of Australia their population has been really slow to recover, there are less than 500. "As the population builds they find new habitat and spread out, some of them are now coming up to Geographe Bay. They have been going to Flinders Bay for a while and that has been described as an emerging aggregation area. "After last year with over 100 sightings we have been completing the catalogue of locally identified whales."

Study reveals Geographe Bay's whale nursery

  • Evidence of a southern right whale aggregation area has been discovered in Geographe Bay. Photo by Ian Wiese.

  • Southern right whales mating off Gannet Rock. Photo by Ian Wiese.

    Southern right whales mating off Gannet Rock. Photo by Ian Wiese.

  • Mother southern right whale (below) and an unusual colored calf in Eagle Bay. Photo by Ian Wiese taken in September 2018.

    Mother southern right whale (below) and an unusual colored calf in Eagle Bay. Photo by Ian Wiese taken in September 2018.

Evidence of a southern right whale aggregation area has been discovered in Geographe Bay by a team of dedicated researchers at Point Piquet.

Southwest Whale Ecology Study scientist Chris Burton will present the research team's findings at the 2019 Australian Marine Sciences Association's conference in Fremantle.

Mr Burton said the research was conducted with Sandra Salgado from Oceans Blueprint, Brodie Elsdon and photographers Ian Wiese and Blair Ranford.

"We will be presenting evidence that southern right whales have been coming into Geographe Bay for years," he said.

"We have land based sightings to show that from the last 15 years, and in the last couple of years there have been more 2018 was huge, there were almost as three times as many sightings.

"There were about 20 to 30 from our land based station at Point Piquet."

Mr Burton said it was great because southern right whales were still endangered in Australian waters.

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Bogan Shire community projects need your vote

A number of projects in the Barwon electorate have the opportunity to receive state government funding, however, unlike most grants, their success is entirely dependent on the community's support. Two projects in the Bogan Shire have been submitted as part of the My Community Project grants program, which aims to fund projects in each NSW electorate to help improve the wellbeing of the people and communities that live there. Up to $260,000 of funding is available to each electorate, with grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 to be awarded to the projects that receive the most support via community votes. The first project nominated in the Barwon electorate is the restoration of Nyngan's historic 1924 Garford Fire Engine for permanent display and to be featured in events and processions. The fire engine was used by the Nyngan Fire Brigade from 1943 until 1963, however was damaged in the 1990 flood. The project involves re-painting the Garford engine which is expected to be co..

A number of projects in the Barwon electorate have the opportunity to receive state government funding, however, unlike most grants, their success is entirely dependent on the community's support. Two projects in the Bogan Shire have been submitted as part of the My Community Project grants program, which aims to fund projects in each NSW electorate to help improve the wellbeing of the people and communities that live there. Up to $260,000 of funding is available to each electorate, with grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 to be awarded to the projects that receive the most support via community votes. The first project nominated in the Barwon electorate is the restoration of Nyngan's historic 1924 Garford Fire Engine for permanent display and to be featured in events and processions. The fire engine was used by the Nyngan Fire Brigade from 1943 until 1963, however was damaged in the 1990 flood. The project involves re-painting the Garford engine which is expected to be completed by a local auto spray painter using authentic colours, authentic tyres will be sourced from a specialist tyre dealer, the signage work will be done by a qualified sign writer using brush and paint on letter to ensure it is fitting with the original work on the engine. Currently the old Nyngan fire station in Cobar Street has been restored to house the engine, which will add another element of history to the community. The second project nominated is the rejuvenation of the Hermidale memorial park and play equipment. Work will include repairing the existing equipment and structures, purchasing and installing a play gym, installing adequate fences and gardens. The project aims to boost the community heavily impacted by drought, and will provide a safer and more enjoyable environment for families and children. Successful projects are determined through a public vote and the projects that receive the most support will receive funding. Voting closes on August 15, with successful projects to be announced from September 2019. More information on each project can be found on the My Service NSW website www.service.nsw.gov.au. People will need a MyServiceNSW Account and your Medicare card to vote. Voters need to pick between three and five projects in their electorate, arrange them in order of preference and then submit the vote. Each person can only vote once. Voting can be done online at www.service.nsw.gov.au or at your nearest Service NSW Centre. Call 13 77 88 for more information.

Bogan Shire community projects need your vote

  • Bogan Shire community projects need your vote

A number of projects in the Barwon electorate have the opportunity to receive state government funding, however, unlike most grants, their success is entirely dependent on the community's support.

Two projects in the Bogan Shire have been submitted as part of the My Community Project grants program, which aims to fund projects in each NSW electorate to help improve the wellbeing of the people and communities that live there.

Up to $260,000 of funding is available to each electorate, with grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 to be awarded to the projects that receive the most support via community votes.

The first project nominated in the Barwon electorate is the restoration of Nyngan's historic 1924 Garford Fire Engine for permanent display and to be featured in events and processions.

The fire engine was used by the Nyngan Fire Brigade from 1943 until 1963, however was damaged in the 1990 flood.

The project involves re-painting the Garford engine which is expected to be completed by a local auto spray painter using authentic colours, authentic tyres will be sourced from a specialist tyre dealer, the signage work will be done by a qualified sign writer using brush and paiRead More – Source

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