I was delighted to attend the Tumut Show on Saturday as part of my Meet the MP community engagement initiative.
A number of locals and residents from districts further afield raised concerns with me regarding the redevelopment of Tumut Hospital, the urgency of a Brindabella Road upgrade and the economic impacts of the Carter Holt Harvey mill closure.
Residents for the most part said they were feeling more positive about Tumut Hospital, following the government’s timeline to construction reveal last week. The community meeting came in response to my requests for improved communication between the community and the Department of Health. I was glad to see the NSW Government taking action and providing that transparency.
Following the CHH decision, I liaised with the local department of Premier and Cabinet to ensure workers’ support in light of the redundancies. I was pleased to learn interaction between the now former employees, the business, government and the union remained positive throughout the unfortunate process.
While there are fears over job losses from the closure of the softwoods site, hope comes from the Snowy 2.0 green light announced last week, with more job opportunities set to hit the market in coming months.
Having previously spoken with Snowy Valleys Council about Brindabella Road, I understand its upgrade to be a priority for local government.
I will be monitoring its progress with keen interest and look forward to future developments.