Ru­ral fund­ing sup­port will con­tinue in 2018

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS - By SUS­SAN LEY

My thanks to the team at the PAS­TORAL TIMES for al­low­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to give my best wishes to you for the year ahead.

As your lo­cal fed­eral MP I am look­ing for­ward to 2018 be­ing a pe­riod of fur­ther de­liv­ery to our elec­torate.

Spe­cific to ru­ral Aus­tralia, pol­icy and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment pro­grams such as the Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions & Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Funds will con­tinue over the next 12 months.

There will be more mo­bile phone tow­ers go­ing live, ready to cover lo­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tion blackspots, to­gether with the NBN roll­out – de­liv­er­ing im­por­tant 21st cen­tury tech­nol­ogy to nearly 70,000 homes and busi­nesses across Far­rer.

Crit­i­cal to our re­gion is the on­go­ing Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Plan — again I am com­mit­ted to the Plan oc­cur­ring on time, but ab­so­lutely en­sur­ing con­sul­ta­tion, com­mon sense and ra­tio­nal think­ing is ap­plied to its de­liv­ery.

Re­duc­ing cost of liv­ing pres­sures is also a key goal for our gov­ern­ment this year.

We’ve al­ready worked very hard to re­duce do­mes­tic power bills — if you haven’t done so al­ready can I en­cour­age you to jump on­line or pick up the phone to get a bet­ter deal — go to en­er­gy­ or my web­site for more de­tails.

We also con­tinue to de­liver tax cuts and job cre­ation in­cen­tives for small busi­nesses, de­liver on lo­cal road and rail projects, and al­lo­cate record spend­ing amounts to NSW in both ed­u­ca­tion and health.

There is so much to look for­ward to — as al­ways if you have any com­ments or ques­tions, please do not hes­i­tate to get in con­tact.

If you are lucky enough to be near a pool or in­land wa­ter­way over the break, a re­minder to be ex­tra watch­ful of young chil­dren and alert vis­i­tors of the risks posed when swim­ming in lo­cal rivers, dams or creeks.

Best wishes for this hol­i­day sea­son, and here’s to a won­der­ful 2018.

■ Sus­san Ley, pic­tured, has been Fed­eral Mem­ber for Far­rer since 2001. You can con­tact Ms Ley through her web­site — www.sus­san­ — or by call­ing 1300 303 203. Calls are toll free if made within the Far­rer elec­torate.

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