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 …
Alongside the Deputy-Prime Minister and Riverina MP Michael McCormack, Wagga Mayor Greg Conkey and NSW Upper House MLC Wes Fang, I was delighted to sign off on the next phase of the levee bank upgrades in Wagga.
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…
I took a day to tour the softwoods plantation on Friday, where I met Softwoods Working Group chair Peter Crowe and Visy forest operations manager Rodney Anderson…
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.