Sus­san’s Christ­mas mes­sage

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As 2016 draws to a close, I would like to of­fer my best wishes for this fes­tive sea­son and the year ahead.

Dur­ing the com­ing 12 months re­gional de­vel­op­ment will re­main a key fo­cus for our gov­ern­ment, with the $297m Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund pro­vid­ing in­vest­ment in new ru­ral in­fra­struc­ture and com­mu­nity projects, help­ing cre­ate jobs and grow our re­gion.

The year also brings an ex­cit­ing new youth jobs in­cen­tive pro­gram, the ad­vanc­ing nbn roll­out and switch-on for a num­ber of lo­cal mo­bile phone blackspot tow­ers, through to more roads and heavy ve­hi­cle safety fund­ing, in­creased sup­port for our Murray Dar­ling Basin com­mu­ni­ties and much more.

Within my min­is­te­rial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, we will con­tinue to ad­dress a short­age of doc­tors in ru­ral Aus­tralia, work to en­sure high-qual­ity aged care is read­ily avail­able for re­gional ar­eas, and ex­pand our school sport par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­grams from kin­der through to year eight.

With many of us likely to be near the wa­ter over the break, a re­minder to be ex­tra watch­ful of young chil­dren and re­mind vis­i­tors of the risks posed when swim­ming in lo­cal rivers, dams and other in­land water­ways.

Here’s to a safe and en­joy­able sum­mer, bring­ing mo­ments with fam­ily or friends and a chance to sim­ply grab some down-time.

Re­gards, Sus­san Ley Mem­ber for Far­rer

Santa Claus paid a visit to Car­ols on the River­bank with his fire­fighter friends.

Ni­c­hole Laker, Steve Con­rick and Lyn­dall McLeod had the tough job of judg­ing the choir com­pe­ti­tion.

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