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DEPUTY PREMIER CATCHES BUSINESS BUS

Friday, June 16, 2017
Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro will hop on board the NSW Government’s Business Bus when it pulls into Queanbeyan on Friday, 16 June.

“The Business Bus, staffed by independent, expert advisers, visits cities and towns across the State providing advice and support to small business owners and operators to help them grow and prosper,” Mr Barilaro said.

"Speaking to an advisor can help a business operator take the vital next step, whether they're just setting up in business, trying to ensure their business is sustainable or aiming to get into exporting.

“I encourage small business people in and around Queanbeyan to book a free advisory session on the bus.

“I’m looking forward to catching up with the business advisors and their clients when the bus visits Queanbeyan on Friday and hearing about the challenges and successes of small business people in our region.

"The Business Bus is part of the NSW Government’s Business Connect advisory program which is helping to ensure that small businesses continue to be the engine room of Australia's best performing economy.

“Business Connect is a network of local and specialist advisors across NSW, providing mobile, independent and face-to-face business advice on a range of business issues from business planning and marketing to finance access and business structure,” he said.

There are around 710,000 small businesses across NSW, comprising almost 98 per cent of all businesses in NSW.

NSW small businesses employ almost half the State’s workforce and generate $47 billion in annual wages and salaries.

The Business Bus will be at the following locations next week:
• 58 Wilson St (near Ryrie Park), Braidwood, 9 am – 12 pm, Thursday, 15 June
• 1/33 Ellendon St, Bungendore, 1.30 – 4.30 pm, Thursday, 15 June
• 256 Crawford Street (outside the Council Chambers), Queanbeyan, 9 am – 3 pm, Friday, 16 June.

To book an appointment on the Business Bus or to speak to your local Business Connect advisor, call 1300 134 359 or visit

BUDGET BOOST FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN MONARO

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The upcoming State Budget will include crucial support for young families in the Monaro with additional funding for community preschools and long day care services, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.

Mr Barilaro said the 2017-18 budget includes an additional $217 million for the hugely successful Start Strong reforms.

“This investment in the 2017-18 Budget is additional to the initial $115 million Start Strong commitment, delivering an historic investment in early childhood,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This is a government that is continuing to back our kids with every single preschool across Monaro to benefit from this ongoing funding.

“The Liberals & Nationals Government is investing in measures that ease pressure on families, including access to affordable, quality preschool programs across NSW.

“This unprecedented investment means community preschools and long day care services will be funded through to 2021 at these new higher Start Strong levels.”

Start Strong links needs-based funding to 600 hours of enrolment in quality education in the year before school to ensure more kids participate.

Since the launch of Start Strong in January this year, more than half of all community preschools in NSW have changed their business model in response to the new funding program.

MONARO INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS GET A HELPING HAND

Friday, June 09, 2017
Non-government schools in the Monaro region have received more than $52,000 in additional funding to put into resources where they are most needed, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.

“Schools such as Snowy Mountains Christian School in Cooma and Snowy Mountains Grammar School in Jindabyne will benefit from this additional Gonski funding, which is calculated on a needs basis,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Schools know best what these needs are and how to direct these funds – for teacher’s aides to support students with disability, for teacher training or for literacy and numeracy intervention programs.”

Education Minster Rob Stokes said the NSW Government is providing more than $45 million to Catholic and Independent schools in 2017; up from the $25 million in 2016.

The funding comes from the NSW Government under the National Education Reform Agreement, also known as the “Gonski” reforms.

Under the 2013 agreement between the federal and state governments, Government, Catholic and Independent schools would all be funded to the same standard. Investment is provided on the basis of student need, such as low socio-economic status, Aboriginality and students with disability.

“The NSW Government passionately supports the existing Gonski agreement because of the benefits this funding brings to our students, Mr Stokes said.

“We will continue to advocate for the federal government to honour this agreement.
“All our schools are important community assets, and we are committed to providing funds to support students in both government and non-government schools consistent with our agreement with the federal government.”

The payment, to schools below the School Resource Standard, is the first of two to be made this year.

In 2017, the NSW government will provide $1.1 billion in funding for the non-government school sector, of which $60 million is additional funding. Government school funding figures will be announced later this year.

NEW MEASURES TO IMPROVE WILD DEER CONTROL

Thursday, June 01, 2017
The NSW Government is cracking down on wild deer in the Snowy Monaro region, with new deer management strategies announced as part of the NSW Government’s response to the Natural Resource Commission’s (NRC) review of pest animal management.

The Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the NRC’s state-wide review made 33 recommendations to Government for improving the management of pest animals across public and private land. It aims to minimise their impact on agriculture, the environment and the community.

“While wild deer will be retained as a game species under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002, in hotspot areas that includes the Snowy Monaro region, the NSW Government will allow greater control options, including suspending licence restrictions for deer hunting,” Mr Barilaro said.

While landholder members and employees will continue to be exempt from any deer hunting restrictions on their own land, the Government will provide a landholder register and hunter register in the Snowy Monaro LGA. This will allow licensed and reputable hunters to be better utilised in the fight against pests.

Additionally, the NSW Government will facilitate the development of a NSW Deer Management Strategy by the end of 2017, to provide state-level oversight and planning for wild deer control.

The NSW Deer Management Strategy will be developed in consultation with Government and non-government stakeholders, to provide guidance related to the issue of wild deer in NSW.

Key areas identified by the NRC review where the NSW Government is taking action include:
• Ensuring strong and responsive pest animal risk management that is outcomes-focused;
• Strengthening governance and planning frameworks at the local, regional and state scale;
• Enabling communities to better engage with managing biosecurity and pest animal risks;
• Implementing more strategic management practices;
• Improving the knowledge base through long-term prioritised research activities;
• Targeting funding to areas that achieve highest public benefit.

For more information on hunting regulations, requirements and suspensions, visit the DPI website at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hunting. The full NSW Government response to the NRC review is available on the DPI website at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity

QUEANBEYAN FIRIE NAMED FINALIST IN EMERGENCY SERVICES AWARDS

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Queanbeyan Fire and Rescue Station Officer, Jason Murphy has been named a finalist in the 2017 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards at a ceremony this week at the NSW Parliament.

The Member for Monaro John Barilaro said Jason is one of 24 emergency services workers or volunteers to be shortlisted for this year’s awards and one of four in their category.

“Jason is a local hero who has given 26 years of service to the Queanbeyan Station and is exceptionally deserving of this recognition,” said Mr Barilaro.

“Our local emergency services personnel and volunteers selflessly respond to all manner of emergencies and I’m very proud that Jason has been praised on a state stage for their efforts.

“On behalf of Queanbeyan I thank Jason for his dedication and commitment to our community and wish him all the best for the awards.”

Finalists come from the following emergency services:
• Fire & Rescue NSW;
• Marine Rescue NSW;
• NSW Ambulance;
• NSW Rural Fire Service;
• NSW State Emergency Service; and
• NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.

“We should never take for granted the work our emergency services staff and volunteers do and it’s important to acknowledge the unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond,” Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said.

“There is almost 500 years of combined service from this year’s finalists from all corners of the State and I thank them all for their exemplary service, sacrifice and spirit to their local community.”

Finalists will attend an Awards Presentation Dinner, to be held at the Bankstown Sports Club on 4 August.

HELP FOR MUCH NEEDED HOT MEAL SERVICE

Monday, May 29, 2017
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro has announced $10,000 in NSW Government funding to help St Benedict’s continue their daily hot meal service for the needy in Queanbeyan.

Mr Barilaro said the organisation approached him to help find much needed funds for the meal service which is in high demand.

“Something as simple as a meal can go a long way in improving someone’s life,” said Mr Barilaro.

“St Benedict’s offers a hot lunch meal for its clients five days a week and demand for this service has grown by 40% over the last five years,” said Mr Barilaro.

“The increased need for more meals has put a huge strain on resources, I’m pleased we are able to help and ease some pressure on what is an invaluable service for the disadvantaged in our community.”

St Benedict’s provides housing, meals and support for those in need.

“St Benedict’s has been a part of the Queanbeyan community for many years; they do an incredible job helping those who need a hand up. I am pleased that the NSW Government sought fit to support this worthwhile organisation.”

POETRY BOOK REFLECTING ON LIFE ON THE MONARO LAUNCHED BY LOCAL MP

Friday, May 26, 2017
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro has launched local author Lee Taylor- Friend’s latest book, “Daily Awakenings: A poem a day,” celebrating life on the Monaro.

In 2016, Lee Taylor-Friend embarked on a challenge to write a poem a day for one year.

“Each day Lee challenged herself to write a poem, what evolved was a gratitude journal detailing her reflections, observations about life on the Monaro and what she was thankful for,” said Mr Barilaro.

“This book gives us insight into Lee’s own experiences, but also creates an opportunity for us to pause, reflect and consider our own every-day experiences.

“Lee has written over a dozen books and other literary pieces in the last ten years, which is an incredible achievement.

“The arts are of fundamental importance to our community. I want to take this time to thank Lee for all of the work she has done in the community and her involvement in promoting the idea of Writing as Therapy.”

UPGRADED LIONS PARK IN COOMA OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator Dean Lynch have officially opened the redeveloped Lions Park in Cooma.

Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government contributed $307,000 to the park’s major upgrade.

“The Government was pleased to partner with Snowy Monaro Regional Council to deliver this much-needed upgrade of one of Cooma’s biggest parks,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The improved facilities include a new adventure playground, walking and cycling paths, a fenced leash-free dog area, park furniture plus landscaping and trees.

“Lions Park is a popular space for community recreation and this new makeover will benefit everyone from toddlers to the elderly.”

The NSW Government supported the project through sport and recreation infrastructure funding as part of the Clubgrants program.

“Lions Park is one of the region’s most popular parks. I’m thrilled Council was able to support its redevelopment and help turn the park into a thriving community space,” Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator Administrator Dean Lynch said.

“A lot of hard work has gone into improving the park; the Lions Club have done an excellent job. Locals can utilise the park for a range of recreational activities. From picnics, long walks with the dog, and making use of the new adventure playground, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

Over $50 million in Clubgrants funding is being provided in the current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency relief and arts and culture.

The grants are funded through a rebate of 0.4 per cent of gaming machine profits over $1 million from the State’s registered clubs.

MEDIA: Belinda Strahorn – 62994899

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES FUNDING

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro today called on organisations to apply for a share in the $1.1 million Youth Opportunities funding available to support local youth.

One-off grants of up to $50,000 are available for projects that engage young people to lead and participate in community development activities.

Mr Barilaro encouraged the local council and all local organisations with a youth focused project to apply.

“Organisations with innovative ideas to support and engage our local youth should throw their hat in the ring. This is a great opportunity for our community,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Equipping our youth with key skills is essential to support them with getting the most out of life, as well as forging a successful career.”

Since 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided almost $8 million in funding to more than 148 projects across NSW.

Funded projects from previous rounds have focused on giving young people the opportunity to develop a diverse range of skills, including leadership, communication, and teamwork, as well as event management and planning.

The online application process opens on Monday 22 May 2017 and closes on Monday 26 June 2017. Successful applications will be announced later in 2017.

To apply for a Youth Opportunities grant or for more information, visit www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities.

GRANT FOR THE ANGLICAN SCHOOL GOOGONG

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
The Anglican School Googong will get new and upgraded facilities using funding provided by the NSW Government, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.

The project is receiving $1 million to support the $2,762,600 project under the Building Grants Assistance Scheme, with further funds provided by the school community.

The project will provide The Anglican School Googong with two new General Learning Areas, a science lab, TAS room, new areas for administration, office, meetings and staff, as well as a first aid room and amenities. The refurbishment of a previous temporary administration area into two General Learning Areas will also be included in the project.

The project will support the increasing student numbers in the newly established school and benefit existing students with enhanced education and learning spaces.

The school currently offers Kindergarten to Grade 3 and will continute to add a grade each year in the primary school, and will have the intake of its first secondary grade in 2018.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro welcomed the funding and congratulated The Anglican School Googong for their successful project.

“This funding will help The Anglican School Googong get these works off the ground and I’m delighted the NSW Government is able to support this project,” Mr Barilaro said.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said the Building Grants Assistance Scheme was an important initiative to support local school communities.

“This funding will help improve facilities so schools are equipped to meet the learning needs of students today and into the future,” Mr Stokes said.

In 2015 the NSW Government announced an additional $50 million dollars over four years for non-government schools under the Building Grants Assistance Scheme.

The grants are directed towards independent and Catholic schools with the greatest need, to help schools cater for growing enrolments and to refurbish or build new facilities.

BGAS is administered by the Association of Independent Schools NSW and the NSW Catholic Block Grant Authorities and funded by the NSW Government.

Since 2011, the NSW Government has committed more than $5 billion to both government and non-government school facilities to ensure students have the best possible learning environments.

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