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Council encourages community to support campaign for new hospital

Moree Plains Shire Council has welcomed the launch of a campaign by the Hon. Adam Marshall MP, Member for Northern Tablelands to secure funding for crucial upgrades at Moree Hospital, making the petition available at its Council offices. 

Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries demonstrated her strong support for Minister Marshall’s petition by being the first signatory on the petition and encouraged all community members to ensure that they also sign the petition.

“Health services are the lifeblood of rural and regional communities” she said.

“Without them we cannot provide for our existing population or attract new people to live in our area.

“Many of the hospitals within the New England North West have been or are currently in the process of upgrades, and a complete redevelopment of Moree’s hospital precinct is long overdue” she added.

Cr Humphries paid tribute to hardworking staff at the hospital, commenting "it's quite amazing the work that staff are doing under last century conditions," she said.

"We owe it to our community and our health workers to provide a modern, properly equipped hospital so that people can get the care they need locally rather than being forced to travel.”

Council is supporting the campaign for the redevelopment of the hospital precinct by providing copies of the petition at its customer service centres at the Max Centre, Boggabilla and Mungindi Customer Service offices and the Moree Big Sky Library. Additionally, residents can sign the petition at a Council hosted stand at the Jellicoe Park markets on Sunday 4 November 2018.

Mayor Humphries commented "our hospital is not just for Moree township, but services residents from all over the Shire and broader region”.

“We need to present a compelling case to the state government that the current standard is just not good enough for the Moree Plains, and every signature helps to do that.”

The petition is open until 30 November, 2018. 

 

 

Weekend Warriors Clean Up Graffiti

2018 Graffiti Day WarriorsWith paint brushes in hand, a small, but dedicated team of volunteers gathered over the weekend for Graffiti Removal Day targeting the fence on the east side of Cooee Park, (located between Cooee Street and Jones Avenue) on Sunday 21 October 2018.

Moree Plains Shire Council joined forces with the NSW Government, Rotary Down Under and sponsors – Dulux, Selleys, Brookfield Johnson Controls and Smart Graffiti to run the campaign to highlight the problem of graffiti vandalism and encourage people to get involved in the removal and prevention of graffiti.

Event organiser, Council’s Environment and Compliance Manager, Dane Graham said Graffiti Removal Day provided a great opportunity for individuals, community groups, sporting clubs, businesses and other organisations to join the fight against graffiti and make a real difference to the appearance of our local community.

“All the volunteers were provided with training, graffiti removal equipment and protective gear, and were sent to work”.

“I am very proud of those who gave up their Sunday to help fight graffiti.  It’s always inspiring to see people who are prepared to walk the walk, rather than talk the talk”.

“Special thanks to all of the volunteers and to the local youth that attended and assisted on the day,” said Mr Graham.

Mr Graham also made mention of Moree Rotarians Steve Harris, Mary and Leo Reiner for their assistance with registering the site and collecting all of the paint from the local supplier Mitre Ten.

Photograph:  This year’s Weekend Warrior’s targeted the fences around Cooee Park for Graffiti Removal Day.

 

 

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