G’day Gunnedah and thank you for continuing to show your support to the Gunnedah Times.

This week, NSW Parliament returns for another sitting week in which we’ll be debating the big issues like crime, water, transport, and insurance.

Top of the agenda this week, though, will be a meeting with myself, Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey, and Minister for Health Ryan Park.

Following the decision to scale down designs of the Gunnedah Hospital, I sought an urgent meeting with the Minister to discuss the project, particularly given the new plans omit important services like renal and chemo.

This is a devastating outcome for the Gunnedah community, and we need to find out what more needs to be done to build the hospital, as per the original master plan. 

Costs may have gone up since community consultation began and I’m pushing the Labor government to fund the original plan because it’s the plan the community wants, needs and asked for.

I’m hoping for a productive meeting and will be sure to update the community on its outcome in the coming week.

I also want to thank everyone who has signed our Regional Seniors Travel Card petition. We need to continue our fight to stop the Labor government from scrapping the important program.

So far, 9000 seniors from across regional NSW have signed the online petition. An incredible 20 per cent of those signatures have come from the Tamworth electorate, which shows how important the card is to seniors in our region.

We need to continue the push to gain 20,000 signatures from across regional NSW, so if you haven’t signed yet, please visit or call my office at 6766 1422 to get it done.

We’ll continue to fight for the card, calling out Labor for their neglect of regional NSW and ensuring our seniors are a priority of this government. 

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