A GLIMPSE OF LIFE AT DELLWOOD

Members of the public will soon be able to catch a glimpse of what life was like at the “Dellwood” homestead, following the safe relocation of historic items from the Barton Highway Upgrade.

Senator for New South Wales Perin Davey said the Barton Highway Upgrade Alliance has safely relocated a century old tanning pit, timber slats and other items of heritage significance from the Wallaroo property as part of the highway duplication.

“A number of these important local heritage items were donated to the Hall School Museum, including the tanning pit built by the Morris family at the Dellwood property for their boot-making business,” Senator Davey said.

“The concrete pit was carefully moved to the Hall School Museum, while the timber slats have been safely stored away and will be reused for an upcoming project that the Museum has in planning.”

State Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said it’s great to see the tanning pit and the other items from “Dellwood” have been saved for future generations to appreciate.

“Dellwood’ was the home of William (Billy) Morris who operated the Hall Bootmakers shop in the village. Within the grounds of the homestead was the tanning pit that Billy used to tan the leather he used to make all his footwear,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“The century-old tanning pit, believed to be one of only two intact ‘above ground’ tanning pits in Australia will now feature as part of the Museum’s new outdoor collection, giving the whole community an insight into the past life and times of ‘Dellwood’ and regional NSW.”

The Australian and NSW Governments have together committed $200 million towards the upgrade of the Barton Highway, with $150 million provided by the Australian Government and $50 million by the NSW Government. This funding is being utilised across two projects along the corridor, with Stage 1 already under construction (the Barton Highway Upgrade Package), and Stage 2 expected to commence construction later this year (the Barton Highway Corridor Upgrade).

The Autumn community update has been released and is available on the website.

For more information about the project, visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/barton-highway/index.html

MOSS VALE AQUATIC RECEIVES SPORTING GRANT

Sport in the Goulburn electorate has received a major boost today after the NSW Government announced a $589,000 grant for Moss Vale War Memorial Aquatic Centre.

The grant was awarded to Wingecarribee Shire Council to Fund Moss Vale War Memorial Aquatic Centre Multipurpose Program Room And Access & Inclusion Upgrade. The grant was part of Round One of the NSW Government’s Regional Sport Facility Fund which will see $50 million awarded over two years for new and upgraded sports facilities in Regional NSW.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman congratulated Wingecarribee Shire Council on receiving the grant which will improve sport infrastructure for the sport-loving community.

“Sport is part of the fabric of the Highlands community,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“The Moss Vale Memorial Aquatic Centre access and inclusion upgrade will provide residents with a modern, fit-for-purpose sports facility.”

Council’s Acting General Manager Marissa Racomelara welcomed the announcement.

“This grant funding will help even more people access and use this wonderful facility,” she said.

“I congratulate the staff of Council and the Aquatic Centre’s operator Bluefit for the application and thank the Member for Goulburn for her continued support of our Shire.”

Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the Regional Sport Facility Fund will help promote healthy lifestyles across regional NSW while stimulating local economies and boosting employment.

“The NSW Government recognises investing in new and existing sports facilities plays a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of NSW residents,” Mrs Ward said.

“The Regional Sport Facility Fund will promote improved health and wellbeing, and create a construction boom across regional NSW as part of the NSW Government’s multi-billion-dollar infrastructure pipeline.”

The Regional Sport Facility Fund provides grants to councils, local sporting bodies, NSW State Sporting Organisations, State Sporting Organisations for People with Disability, National Sporting Organisations and private enterprises.For the full list of recipients and further information on the Regional Sport Facility Fund, visit: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants

YASS A WINNER IN MASS SOCIAL HOUSING UPGRADES

Yass social housing tenants are among the beneficiaries of the NSW Government’s $40 million capital works program for social housing.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said local Community Housing Provider Argyle Housing is upgrading homes across its portfolio through the program.

“This NSW Government program has improved our housing stock while providing jobs for tradespeople and injecting cash into our local economy,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“It’s having a direct impact here in our local community. I spoke to Alan in Yass whose window was replaced and whose house was painted through the scheme.”

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey said the program is delivering capital works for more than 2000 properties across NSW that are owned by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation and managed by Community Housing Providers.

“The program is supporting more than 350 jobs across NSW, with more than half of them in regional areas,” Mrs Pavey said.

“We’re improving the quality of homes for thousands of social housing tenants and families across NSW, while supporting local businesses that supply workers with the tools, trades and building materials to give these properties a fresh lick of paint or building works.”

Argyle Housing CEO Wendy Middleton said the program allowed the Community Housing Provider to improve the quality, safety and comfort of homes. “We hope these measures contribute to supporting positive health outcomes for tenants, particularly those in areas where extreme heat and cold are experienced including in Yass,” Ms Middleton said.

NSW GOVERNMENT TO APPOINT PROPERTY SERVICES COMMISSIONER

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has today announced increased consumer protection in the property services sector along with improved industry support with the NSW Government’s decision to appoint a Property Services Commissioner.

Mrs Tuckerman said this is great news for people living in the Goulburn electorate as the Commissioner will provide expert advice on how services delivered by the NSW Government to the property services sector and the community can be improved.

“The property services industry is a significant employer in the region and is a substantial contributor to our local economy,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“As a Government, it is crucial that we work with the property services sector to put in place consumer protections as we commit to restoring confidence in the industry.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said the new Commissioner will join the Property Services Expert Panel and is the next step in the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting the property and real estate sector.

“I am determined to properly support the property services industry which employs over 37,000 people and contributes $100 billion to the NSW economy,” Mr Anderson said.

“We are taking the same successful approach we did for the building and construction sector with the appointment of the Building Commissioner. We want to see a well-respected industry expert take the lead and make the case for reform, while actively supporting consumers and ensuring best practice, modern regulation of the property sector.”

The Commissioner will be responsible for ensuring a strong, vibrant property sector, which is responsive to the needs of property services professionals and ensures the highest compliance and professional standards for the benefits of consumers.

“Consumer protection is at the forefront of our agenda and we know the property sector supports this objective as well,” Mr Anderson said.

COVID SUPPORT FOR CROWN LAND ASSETS

The NSW Government will provide $57,758 to three Crown Land Manager’s across the Goulburn electorate.

Laggan Hall will receive $2,289 for the purchase of a dishwasher and kitchen facility hygiene improvements, Towrang Community Hall will receive $35,000 for the upgrade of the toilet and the Gundaroo Park Land Manager will receive $20,469 for the supply and installation of signage.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the funding is being provided by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment under the Crown Land Manager COVID-19 Recovery Support Program.

The Crown Land Manager COVID-19 Recovery Support Program is providing $4.1 million in grants statewide to help Crown land managers recover from the pandemic by funding asset improvements and work, health and safety plans on reserves.

Applications were invited from all Crown land managers, including local councils and other trust managers, via an expression of interest which closed on 30 April 2021. Grants valued from $5,000 to $150,000 (GST inclusive) were on offer for a range of things including: upgrades to hygiene facilities such as toilet blocks, soap dispensers and hand sanitiser stands; procurement of equipment, signage and other resources to support COVID safe events; work, health and safety audits for reserves by qualified professionals.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said many Crown reserves were forced to temporarily cease operations during COVID which had a significant impact on their visitors, events and income.

“These grants will improve risk management practices by funding work, health and safety audits by qualified professionals to support the use of public lands,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This program aims to boost the social benefits of Crown reserves and support regional economic recovery post-COVID while supporting jobs in regional areas.”