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Letter to the Editor The Tweed Valley Weekly

Dear Sir,

I note the Member for Richmond Justine Elliot is still using her taxpayer-funded entitlement to mislead your readers. Her latest advertisement of the 6th of April accuses the Australian Government of “cutting $30 billion from our schools”.  Readers should be told the truth – the cuts Ms Elliot refers to are from a 2013 election promise by Labor that was never funded and incidentally is still not funded under any of Labor’s current policies. Under the current Government from 2014-2017, total funding to government schools in NSW has been $7.2 billion , an increase of 43.7% over this period. This is the second biggest funding increase to government schools in Australia. The 81 schools in Richmond saw a 28% increase in Commonwealth recurrent funding during this period, a $438.6 million investment.  Total Commonwealth

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SPIRIT RISES AMONGST THE FLOOD DEVASTATION

The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams says he is shocked at the extent of damage caused by the flooding in Murwillumbah, particularly the impact on the industrial estate in South Murwillumbah.
Senator Williams has been taken on a tour of the worst hit areas by the Member for Lismore Thomas George and General Manager of Tweed Shire Council Troy Green and heard the stories of many of those who have been affected.
He met with several business people who are in the midst of the clean-up and heard of the financial impact on their businesses.
Senator Williams said he was impressed that there is a community spirit evident with staff and equipment being offered by others to expedite the clean-up.
“Tweed Shire Council deserves credit for the way it has responded, despite losing part of its truck fleet in the flooding.

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FUNDING TO REPAIR BRIDGES

Councils in the Richmond electorate are being invited to apply for a share of the $360 million Bridges Renewal funding programme to have ageing bridges repaired.

The Commonwealth Government’s Bridges Renewal programme has opened a third round of funding where the government will meet up to half the cost of the repair according to the Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams.

He said whilst Councils can nominate bridges that need upgrading, local residents should also contact their local council with suggestions.

State, territory and local governments are eligible to apply for up to 50 percent of project costs to a maximum of $5 million.

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REGIONAL DENTISTRY 2017 SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED

 Casey Hogden

 

A young dentistry student who has an ambition to practice in regional areas when fully qualified is the recipient of the 2017 NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship.

Casey Hogben of Korora near Coffs Harbour has been named as the successful applicant for the scholarship which is sponsored for the eighth successive year by the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams and is administered by the National Rural Health Alliance.

Since 2010 Senator Williams has provided $4,800 annually to a commencing dentistry student to assist in their first year studies.

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REVITALISING EDUCATION IN HUNTER

The Coalition Government has launched a comprehensive review to boost outcomes for regional, rural and remote students not just at school, but also as they go on to further study, training and employment.

The review will hear stories and feedback about regional and rural education from across the country and Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams says he hopes educators, students, families, employers and the local community will have their say.

Senator Williams said location shouldn’t be a liability, and this review delivers on the Nationals commitment to tackle the unique challenges people face in areas like Muswellbrook, Singleton, Denman, Cessnock and Broke and it will come up with solutions to better support students in school and into pathways beyond school.

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