It was heartbreaking to see the fire-torn ruins of such a wonderful heritage building at Wagga Public School today. After meeting with Director of Education, I was reassured …
This week The Daily Advertiser asked whether I would support a pill testing trial at music festivals in NSW. This was my response …
I was delighted to stand welcome the next stage of the Wagga Base Hospital redevelopment on Friday morning, alongside NSW Deputy Premier parliamentary secretary MLC Bronnie Taylor and Upper House MLC Wes Fang…
Wagga’s crusaders against domestic violence are set to benefit from a cash injection to help battle energy bills.
Member for Wagga Wagga Dr Joe McGirr - pictured here with centre manager Gail Meyer and Julie Mecham - on Thursday announced Wagga Women’s Health Centre was one of 17 community, sporting and cultural organisations to receive a share in $330,000 funding.
Having been involved in the development of the UNSW Rural Medical School for almost two decades, I was able to welcome the federal government’s announcement of $17M on Thursday with a real note of pride.
Pictured with Wagga mayor Greg Conkey and John Preddy from the rural medical school on Thursday …
Congratulation to Charles Dodds - pictured - and Corey Crain for their outstanding academic achievements in science this year …
Congratulations to the former Wagga RSL Sub Branch secretary Tanya Barker, who this year stood down from her position after 22 years. I had the pleasure of meeting Tanya at the branch’s centenary celebration on Sunday. What a milestone!
Well done to the members and volunteers, all current or former members of the Australian Defence Force, who have been supporting fellow servicemen and their families for 100 years.
It was an honour to be invited and to celebrate with you all.
Heather baker has been a Riding for the Disabled volunteer for more than 40 years.
Ms Baker, alongside fellow volunteers, coaches and members, this year helped to support about 130 children and adults through the unique benefits of working with horses.
Entirely community funded, I was surprised to learn the volunteer-run initiative has been adopting the natural therapy of horses in Wagga since 1973.
There’s something magical about it all.
I had the pleasure of meeting the current president Ms Baker at the organisation’s Christmas party on Saturday evening.
I have to say I was blown away by the dedication, commitment and compassion of these wonderful men and women.
Not only that, it is incredible how horses work to assist those living with disabilities or special needs.
Tarcutta Campdraft Club’s David West and fellow committee members share a vision to become a major centre for the sport and other equestrian events.
It’s a goal they have been racing towards for a number of years, with the small town centered perfectly between Melbourne and Sydney.
To help achieve this, I journeyed to the facility on Saturday morning to announce a Community Building Partnership grant worth $30,000.
Mr West said six clubs currently used the facility, but he was certain this would soon grow, following the competition of its $400,000 project…
Alongside members of the Lockhart and District Historical Society members Heather Trevaskis, Max Day, Fran Day and Rose Lehemann, Wagga MP Dr Joe McGirr said the grant would support the installment of a large 10-panel mural…
It was wonderful to meet TAFE Director Kerry Penton and One Door Mental Health Wagga’s NDIS manager Pieta Manning - from Sunflower House - at TAFE NSW Riverina Institute graduation ceremony for 2018.
Not only did I have the opportunity to personally congratulate TAFE NSW awardees at the Riverina’s graduation ceremony, I was able to meet some amazing residents too.
Science graduate Mehwish Adnan (pictured), who took out the Rotary Leadership award, said her studies had ignited a passion for greater learning.
“I’m so excited,” Ms Adnan said. “I want to do something to help people.”
Mother-of-two Tara Martin stole the crowd after she was named student of the year for 2018.
An inspiration, the 34-year-old overcame the loss her husband earlier this year to accomplish her goals; completing her certificate III in cookery and earning accolades at the same time.
I wish to congratulate not only these exemplary women, but every graduate and award winner at today’s graduation.
Well done to you all.
Congratulations to year-8 student Aimee Redway, who was awarded first in the year at Wagga Anglican College and to Matthew Redway for his commendation in geography and history.
They were two of many awardees at Monday’s presentation night.
I was delighted to present a number of prestigious awards, including the Caltex Best All Rounder award, to a some very bright and motivated students.
It was a pleasure to meet and present awards to players of the Saturday Morning Tenpin Bowling League’s Christmas Party on Saturday night.
Thank you to Debbie and Stephen for the invite and for hosting such a lovely event.
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I was delighted to attend the Riverina School Sports Association Blues Awards on Friday. Meeting former Australian test cricketer Alex Blackwell was certainly a highlight.
It’s great to see the efforts of local government coming to fruition!
Congratulations to Wagga City Council for the successful $350,000 grant it received in May, that will see six new synthetic full sized tennis courts and six new modified size hotshot courts at South Wagga Tennis Club.
It was great to witness both the club and council break ground on the project today.
This morning I met with members of Riverina Water to inspect the new $40 million treatment plant.
Thanks to RW general manager Andrew Crakenthorpe, councillor and Lockhart deputy-mayor Greg Verdon, RW board chair Bede Spannagle and Greg Vidler for taking the time to show me around.
I think the new treatment plant is brilliant! It takes water from the river and uses ultra modern technology to create the safest drinking water in Wagga. It meets modern standards and the infrastructure will allow for the city to grow, which is in line with a projected plan to boost the population to 100,000 in 20 years.
Had a wonderful time at TRAC’s presentation night.
I’d like to acknowledge The Riverina Anglican College chair Andrew Bowchiar, who is stepping down after 11 years as chair and 19 years on the board. Mr Bowchair has been a real force behind establishing the school and I wish him all the best for the future.
I also had the privilege of presenting the Caltex Best All-rounder Award to Lara Jay. Well done Lara!
I was delighted to be able to address students and members of the University of the Third Age this afternoon.
Thank you to U3A president Michael David and vice-president Daphne Corswell for the invite.
It’s wonderful to see greater opportunities for education and stimulation for older members of the community.
I was delighted to attend the public meeting session at Ashmont Community Centre.
Thanks to Riverina Murray Regional Alliance chair Ruth Davy for your invite and welcome.
A dinner at Lilier Lodge later in the evening was very humbling. I commend every director, worker, donor and volunteer for their care and I wish every guest the very best on their cancer journey. Thank you for the invite.
Earlier today, I inspected also the new Harness Racing Complex and my eyes were opened to a big and incredible community. I commend their passion and dedication to the sport.
Thanks to The Rock Central School principal Donna Rockley for inviting me to speak at the end of year presentation night.
There’s a certain learning environment only rural and regional schools can provide and it is important to ensure that quality support be fostered into the future.
What a wonderful teaching staff and inspiring students!
It was great to be part of the Sri Lankan Cultural Festival, Culture and Rhythm Rejoice 2018.
Thank you to Yapa Bundera - Sinhala School Wagga principal - Sampath Hathurusinghe - WASCA president - and Chandana Weeraseena - Sri Lanka High Commission minister for inviting me to share in your celebration.
Festivals, award ceremonies, the official launch of Carevan and my Meet the MP initiative made this weekend one of the busiest so far.
The best thing about it was meeting members of the community, who work around the clock to support their neighbours, friends, families and strangers.
It started with good music and great vibes at the Regional Disability Advocacy Service Dance Party.
The celebration came ahead of the International Day of People with a Disability on December 3.
After hearing about the great work of the advocacy groups across town, I was inspired to pledge support to the relaunch of their Stand By Me campaign.
Fortunately, (for the other guests) I was unable to take to the dance floor.
I arrived at Cork n Fork Festival soon after, where I was honoured to take part in the official launch of Carevan.
We’ve seen what the service can do in other areas like Albury and Griffith. I can’t wait to see what it can do here in Wagga.
I congratulate the committee, local businesses like Thomas Bros and everyone who has donated to the cause thus far, helping to put the Dining with Dignity program’s wheels in motion.
I’ve already signed up to volunteer and I encourage anyone with resources or time to jump on board too.
Through connection, conversation and kindness, we can keep helping each other and build up our community.
That night I was honoured to meet and present awards to a group of volunteers from the NSW SES in Wagga, as part of the unit’s 60th anniversary celebrations.
These men and women are out patching roofs and cutting down trees when it’s bucketing down rain, storming and generally unpleasant. I just think that’s great.
It was my absolute pleasure to attend the opening of the three-day “Diversity” exhibition this morning.
Well done to artists Emma, Zoyie, Lorraine, Brae, Anastacia, Tabitha and Madi and the Ability Links team, for creating such a wonderful display at Riverina Community College this week.
To those who haven’t done so, I highly recommend you take the time to visit and support these creative and talented locals.
I visited the offices of Country Hope and met with directors, staff and associated families today.
It’s a real blessing to have such a great organisation looking after our most treasured possession - children.
I want to congratulate every single member of Country Hope for their dedication to caring for the families of children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.
Thanks to Ellie Webb, Tom Looney and the directors for hosting me.
Robert Gannon and Phil Horwell of Wagga Wagga Train Museum were not expecting me to visit today.
So it was a bit of a surprise when I turned up to present the first of my community excellence awards.
The Local Legends initiative is my way of honouring community crusaders like Robert and Phil.
These blokes have a combined 100 years of service to rail heritage and have worked hard to keep a fascinating part of the city's history chugging along.
It was a privilege to meet and to present certificates of appreciation them today.