Moree Plains Shire Council has proudly sponsored Barwon Health Alliance’s Dr William K Hunter Scholarship, donating $3000 towards the student grant.
The Dr William K Hunter scholarship supports one medical, nursing or allied health undergraduate student from the Moree Plains Shire, Warialda, Bingara or Collarenebri districts as they undergo their second year or above at any Australian university. Since its inception, the scholarship has supported 28 students.
Mayor Katrina Humphries encouraged Council to financially support the scholarship as it draws medical professionals back to the New England and North West area.
“This scholarship supports studying health professionals in so many ways. The money can be put towards textbooks, placement accommodation or even reduce work hours at part-time or casual jobs and enable students to focus more on their education,” explained Mayor Humphries.
“The great thing about this scholarship is that it is made especially for people of all ages who reside in the New England and North West area. It encourages them to continue their studies here and hopefully stay in the area as qualified medical professionals and build their careers here at home,” said Mayor Humphries.
The Dr William Hunter Scholarship was initiated to honour the work of Bill Hunter AM, a rural GP and surgeon based in the Moree area.
Dr Hunter said that the scholarship aims to encourage skilled university graduates to return to rural areas, particularly Moree.
“Applicants are interviewed by a panel of local members from the community and assessed on their eligibility based on the criteria. The successful applicant/s will then have to submit 2 reports including what they have gained and learnt from the experience.
“Supporting students financially means that they can complete their placement in large centres and bring the skills they learn from these areas back to our region,” Dr Hunter said.
Moree’s future in freight and transport was on the agenda this week as Moree Plains Shire Council was host to Acting Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, and Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton to discuss the transport network across the Shire.
Late last year representatives from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) attended Moree to meet with Councillors and provide an update regarding the dilapidated houses project following a week-long series of inspections that occurred in November.
Throughout the week of inspections, on foot and aerial assessments were completed at 60 individual properties by a team of multiple government agencies, with air monitoring also carried out at nearby locations. Following these inspections summary reports were finalised specifying each property’s risk, priority of removal, structural integrity and estimated demolish costs.
Winners of the 2020 Moree Plains Shire Christmas Light Competition collected their prizes this afternoon from the Moree Plains Shire Council offices.
The winners were announced last week over the Moree Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Facebook Group, with the prizes awarded to:
Summer holidays sing of sprinklers, beachside getaways or a splash in the backyard pool.
With portable and inflatable pools becoming more accessible and increasing in popularity over the years, the backyard pool now takes many shapes and forms.
Thinking of a change of career or getting back into the workforce, and looking for a role that lets you create a real impact, within a flexible work environment? Moree Plains Shire Council has a rare and exciting opportunity available for a creative and eager professional to join its Economic Development Department, as Grants/Economic Development Officer.
“The economic future of the Moree Plains is looking particularly bright; with rains returned to the plains, construction about to commence on the Inland Rail, master planning for Moree’s Special Activation Precinct underway, and more opportunity than ever to entice city dwellers to call the Moree Plains home with the increase in remote working ability due to Covid-19”, said Council’s Team Leader – Economic Development Mrs Susannah Pearse.