“Have Your Say” To Achieve Equality


There is still a gap between men and women’s financial status, workforce participation, caring and family responsibilities and vulnerability to violence, among other issues. That’s why the government is working on the state’s first Women’s Strategy to tackle these issues. The Strategy will focus on addressing key challenges in the local community, including; economic empowerment, health and wellbeing, culture and identity and leadership. The Strategy is an important initiative, that will … [Read more...]

New Funding Opportunity For Singing Groups

Older people interested in singing and choir groups are set to benefit from a new grants program ‘Sing Your Age'. The NSW Government program will provide $150,000 in total to encourage more seniors to discover the joy of singing. 'Sing Your Age' is an important initiative that will see more people in our community enjoying the power of song. The program will be supported by the Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) which is now inviting singing groups and community organisations to … [Read more...]

Otford Tunnel Upgrade For Cyclists

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I am pleased to announce that funding towards the conversion of the Otford Tunnel No.7 to a cycle path will be made available from the current NSW Budget to improve connections between Stanwell Park and Bald Hill. This is great news for cyclists in the region and is one of more than 150 local walking and cycling projects across the state to improve links between communities and encourage active transport. This historic tunnel, originally opened in October 1888, hasn’t been used for passenger … [Read more...]

2017 Community Building Partnership Program Now Open

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    Community Building Partnership (CBP) funding grants are now open!! These grants are available annually for community infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes. If your organisation needs some extra funding for the building, refurbishment or enhancement of facilities, then I encourage you to take the time to carefully prepare your application. Local sports clubs, charities and men’s sheds are just some of the groups that … [Read more...]

Parents Win And Kids Get Active In A Record NSW Sport Budget

Families are the big winners from this year’s record $401 million sport budget, with parents in NSW eligible for a $100 rebate to cover sporting club fees, including swimming lessons, for every school-aged child. Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said an ‘Active Kids Rebate’ is the centrepiece of this year’s sport budget, with $207 million allocated for the program across the next four years to increase participation in sport.  “Quite simply, this budget will lower the cost for every school … [Read more...]

Heathcote To Benefit From Record $100 Million Boost To Palliative Care

The frontline health staff in Heathcote will be eligible for training in palliative care following an investment of $100 million over four years. The record funding package for palliative care services is a state Budget initiative announced by Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet. This Budget measure means that our health staff can upskill their training in palliative care, as well as paying for additional specialist nurses and doctors to be recruited. We want … [Read more...]

Life Saving Defibrillators For Sports Clubs

I am pleased to announce community Sports Clubs in the Heathcote Electorate will be among those across the state eligible to apply for a fifty per cent co-funding contribution for a lifesaving defibrillator. As part of the 2017-2018 Budget, $4 million would be allocated over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW purchase and maintain Automatic External Defibrillators (AED). The first eight minutes after a person has a cardiac arrest are the most critical and early access to CPR … [Read more...]

Grants Available for Grandparents Day Events

Local organisations can celebrate the valuable contribution grandparents and older people make in the Heathcote community, by applying for funding available under the NSW Government’s Grandparents Day event grants program. This program will enable community organisations, small businesses and local councils to host events that celebrate grandparents and older people for NSW Grandparents Day on Sunday 29 October 2017. Grandparents play a significant role in the home and the community, and this … [Read more...]

Budget Boost For Early Childhood Education

The upcoming State Budget will include crucial support for young families in with additional funding for community preschools and long day care services. The 2017-18 budget includes an additional $217 million for the hugely successful Start Strong reforms. This investment is additional to the initial $115 million Start Strong commitment, delivering an historic investment in early childhood. This is a government that is continuing to back our kids with every single preschool across the … [Read more...]

Intimate Image Abuse Offenders To Face Jail

Today the NSW Government took action to make sharing intimate images without consent a serious crime, which will hold controlling and vengeful offenders to account and help end victim blaming. People who share intimate images of victims without their consent will soon face prison time for their destructive breaches of privacy. The Government has introduced into Parliament the Crimes Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill 2017 that will make it an offence to intentionally record or distribute, or to … [Read more...]