Local and State Government | International Day of People with Disability

Make it a date at Metro Cinemas to mark the day

The day, held on December 3 every year, also aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability.

This year, Glenray will mark IDPwD by holding a movie night on December 10 at Metro 5 Cinemas in Bathurst. This event is inclusive of anyone in the community.

Arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm screening of The Addams Family.

Tickets are on sale from Metro Cinemas at $16 per person, which includes a can of drink and a bag of lollies on arrival.

Please note: no companion cards/free tickets/Metro vouchers can be used to purchase tickets (Metro rules). For more information, phone 6331 2388.

New exhibit at NMRM

THE National Motor Racing Museum has a new exhibit - a 1964 Wolseley Mk 2. The vehicle has completed a remarkable 31 Variety Bash events in the hands of local owner, John Lindsell.

Since his first event in 1989, John estimates that he has travelled more than 200,000km in the Wolseley.

The car carries sponsorship from many Bathurst businesses, including the iconic Chiko Roll, which is manufactured here.

The Bash is the major motoring event and fundraiser organised by the children's charity Variety.

The Bash, not a race or a rally, is restricted to vehicles over 30 years old and takes in some of Australia's notorious outback and dirt roads that test the engineering of these classic cars.

Raising money for children in need, the Variety Bash was started in 1985 by businessman Dick Smith and raised $250,000 in the first year. Each state and territory now runs its own event, and over the past 34 years, the Bash has raised more than $200 million to support 100,000 children annually.

Local tradies first pick for schools' projects

I'M pleased to announce the NSW Government will introduce an e-Tendering initiative to enable local tradies to procure school maintenance jobs in the region.

Tradies in Bathurst, Lithgow, Oberon, Blayney and surrounds will have precedence when it comes to procurement for maintenance jobs at their local public schools, with the new online system allowing businesses to engage directly with the NSW Government on projects in the region.

The online procurement process will ensure businesses in the Bathurst electorate are better supported throughout the drought.

This new approach to tendering for school maintenance projects will provide approximately 25,000 opportunities to quote for work across the state, with an estimated total value of $50 million.

We know it's not just our farmers doing it tough at the moment; the knock-on impact of the drought is felt throughout the whole community. As a government, it is crucial we continue to prioritise the employment of local businesses where we can.

This initiative is part of the NSW Government's continued commitment to stimulating local economies during this unprecedented drought.

We need to give local businesses every opportunity to keep money local.

The 2019-20 NSW Budget provides more than $620 million to clear the school maintenance backlog in all public schools by July 2020, bringing the total maintenance investment to more than $1.3 billion over five years.

It will be the first time in the state's history that the school maintenance backlog will be wiped to zero.

Employers urged to hire people with disability

PARTICIPATION and leadership were the themes of this year's International Day of People with Disability and that should extend to the workplace.

We see many positive examples of people with disability achieving their career goals in our community, but we want to do everything we can to see more people with disability in stable jobs.

The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in NSW is opening up more opportunities for people to find meaningful work in Bathurst.

There are more than 108,000 NDIS participants in NSW, with the latest quarterly report from the National Disability Insurance Agency demonstrating positive results for inclusion.

There are 1.3 million people living with disability in NSW and many of them want to contribute to our society through paid employment.

Research shows staff and customers are more loyal to businesses that value diversity and inclusion. In addition, workers with disability often have lower rates of absenteeism and stay in their job for longer.

So, I'd like to encourage more employers in the Bathurst electorate to find out more information on disability inclusion planning: www.facs.nsw.gov.au/inclusion/advisory-councils/disability/inclusion-plans.

I'm proud that our government is working towards doubling the proportion of people with disability employed in the public sector by 2025.

Bathurst community groups invited to apply for grants

I'D like to encourage organisations in the Bathurst electorate to apply for funding to support local community projects under the NSW Government's Infrastructure Grants program.

There is $12.5 million available in 2019/20 for new or upgraded facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture, disaster readiness and community infrastructure.

This is a great chance for local organisations to seek funding for a project to provide long-term, tangible benefits to the community.

Infrastructure Grants can fund construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure.

These projects are all about creating resilient, healthy and connected communities, promoting participation in sport, recreation and arts, and boosting social inclusion and disaster resilience.

Applications for the second round of funding for 2019/20 are open until Monday, December 16. To find out more information or to apply, please visit responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au.


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