FUNDING TO FIX BACK CREEK ROAD

Safer journeys are on the way for Yass Valley Council with Back Creek Road being awarded $2.9M under the latest round of the Fixing Local Roads Program with the aim to improve journeys for regional communities, farmers and freight.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the local project is among 138 to rollout under the $153 million third round of the Program, which facilitates shovel-ready projects to repair, maintain and seal priority roads in their community.

“Funding the sealing of Back Creek Road gives Council a helping hand to address their maintenance backlog and to maintain a road that will create more efficient journeys for freight operators and primary producers in the Yass Valley region,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Yass Valley Mayor Rowena Abbey said Back Creek Road provides necessary access between Yass River Road and Sutton Road and an important link to Gundaroo and Canberra for our rural community.

“Our community is already reaping the benefits of this program with $5.5M invested in rehabilitation and resealing of a number of local roads in earlier rounds,” Cr Abbey said.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Fixing Local Roads had already delivered more than $394 million for 361 projects across 91 regional Local Government Areas from Armidale to Albury in the first two rounds.

“We know that sometimes its small projects that can drive big benefits in the bush. This program is helping to deliver better journeys on the roads families use every day,” Mr Toole said.

“These projects won’t just ensure that locals see the benefits of this investment every time they get behind the wheel, they’re also supporting an additional 1,374 jobs throughout construction.

Fixing Local Roads is a $500 million NSW Government program, which was boosted by the Australian Government over the first two rounds with an additional $191 million.

Further information about the Fixing Local Roads Program can be found at nswroads.work/fixinglocalroads.

STATEMENT ON PREMIER

The New South Wales liberal party has elected Dominic Perrottet as the Premier of New South Wales.

I consider Dominic Perrottet an excellent choice to give the people of NSW certainty and hope during the incredibly challenging time we face right now.

Mr Perrottet has been at the forefront of the state’s leadership through the pandemic and will continue to deliver for the people of New South Wales as we get on with the job.

Mr Perrottet has demonstrated great governance in his role as NSW’s Treasurer. Since I was elected as the Member for Goulburn, Dominic has been a tremendous supporter of the entire Goulburn electorate. I look forward to continuing to work closely with him in his new role as Premier.

Mr Perrottet has my trust and confidence as Premier to lead the state through this period in a way which we will come out stronger and more resilient.

In under a week NSW will be out of lockdown, slowly returning to getting on with our lives. I am optimistic about the future of NSW and the electorate of Goulburn.

COVID SUPPORT PAYMENTS EXPANDED FOR WORKERS AND VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES ACROSS NSW

The NSW Government today announced an additional $287.5 million in COVID-19 financial support to assist workers and vulnerable communities in metropolitan, regional and rural NSW.

The additional funding will see the COVID-19 emergency hardship payments, test and isolate support payments and community empowerment grants expanded across all of NSW.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the expansion and extension of the emergency hardship payment will provide assistance to people across all of NSW who are under severe financial strain but are not eligible for other support payments and grants.

“The test and isolate payment will help people to test early and isolate if they have COVID symptoms. This payment will help take the pressure off if an individual does not have access to leave entitlements or other support payments,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the funds will assist workers and vulnerable people under financial strain due to the COVID-19 restrictions across the State.

“Grants for culturally and linguistically diverse groups have also been expanded to connect multicultural communities with essential services throughout the pandemic,” Mr Barilaro said.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the new $287.5 million funding commitment is in addition to the NSW Government’s existing commitment of $7.7 billion in COVID-19 support measures.

“As lockdown continues, we want to make sure support is provided where it’s needed and no communities are forgotten,” Mr Perrottet said.

“We’re providing those under severe financial strain money in their bank accounts to help them through the lockdown and we’re supporting workers to test early and isolate so we can save lives and livelihoods across the State.

“We’re also supporting multicultural organisations which are best placed to connect migrant communities with vital health services to ensure our vaccination rate keeps climbing – as that’s really key to our State’s recovery.”

The NSW Government’s additional $287.5 million funding commitment includes;

Community supports grants which have been expanded across NSW to help organisations deliver emergency food relief, promote vaccination and testing services, and provide culturally appropriate support and care to diverse communities

WALK IN PFIZER VACCINES AVAILABLE SUNDAY

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman welcomes a “walk-in” Pfizer vaccination clinic this Sunday.

The “walk-in” vaccination clinic is available for anyone aged 18 years of age or older without a booking, to receive a free Pfizer vaccine.

Mrs Tuckerman says the clinic aims to provide an added boost to the region’s local vaccination rates by making it very easy for you to be vaccinated.

“The process will be very simple on the day, you will register on site and receive your vaccination at the same time.

“If it’s your first Pfizer you will need your Medicare card or identification, if it’s your second dose, it needs to be at least three weeks after your first.  We ask that you bring evidence of the date of your first vaccination.

“High vaccination rates are essential to protect our loved ones and the broader community from the threat of this virus,” Mrs Tuckerman said

The clinic will be open from 10am Sunday 3rd of October from 10am at the Old Government office building, on Bourke St, Goulburn.

TRAVEL TO REGIONAL NSW POSTPONED TO PROTECT THE GOULBURN ELECTORATE COMMUNITY

Plans to allow fully vaccinated people to travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW for non-essential reasons will be postponed until NSW reaches 80 per cent double dose.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said waiting until 80 per cent of the state is fully vaccinated will further reduce the risk of the virus spreading between multiple communities and provide locals with greater protection.

“We’ve seen how quickly the Delta strain can spread, and this sensible change will ensure more people can book and receive their COVID-19 vaccination and increase the number of locals who are fully vaccinated when we do open,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“In the wake of drought, bushfire, storms, floods and COVID-19, our local businesses need the economic boost that tourism will deliver to our region and the best thing everyone can do to help this happen is get vaccinated.

Mrs Tuckerman said the Goulburn electorate residents can book a vaccination by using the online COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW said allowing non-essential travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW at 80 per cent double dose was based on health advice.

“I know Sydneysiders are chomping at the bit to visit regional NSW to see relatives or enjoy a holiday, and we can’t wait to welcome them, but waiting a little longer will ensure that when we do finally meet again, we will meet safely,” Mr Barilaro said.

To find out when and where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine in regional NSW, go to: www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-clinic-finder.

For further information about COVID-19, go to: www.nsw.gov.au/COVID-19.