OPINION: State politics with Paul Toole

NATIONAL SPIRIT: Member for Calare Andrew Gee, Bathurst Hospital general manager Sue Patterson and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole at the flag presentation.
NATIONAL SPIRIT: Member for Calare Andrew Gee, Bathurst Hospital general manager Sue Patterson and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole at the flag presentation.

EASTER weekend is just about with us and there are many events being conducted across the electorate, including the Hi-Tec Bathurst 6 Hour race.

Our roads will be busy and once again I ask that all drivers take time and extra care when travelling.

Slow down on the road as we have already lost 384 lives across the state this year, with 55 fatalities in the western region.

Double demerit points will run through until midnight on Monday, April 17.   

PALLIATIVE CARE

I WELCOME the news that the future of palliative care services in NSW will be discussed at statewide roundtables with the community and health professionals and I am pleased to see that regional communities and regionally based health professionals are being consulted as part of this initiative.

Palliative care services are extremely important, especially in rural and regional areas, and these roundtables will help better inform government on what is the best direction to take as part of our new palliative care strategy.

The first roundtable will be held at Parliament House on Wednesday, April 26.

NATIONAL SPIRIT

NEW flags will be flying high over the Bathurst Hospital following the presentation of our state and federal flags in the company of my federal colleague Andrew Gee.

It is always great to see our standards on buildings as they are a great reminder of our national spirit.

GET SNAPPING

THE NSW Government is inviting holidaymakers and locals to share videos of their short breaks in the Bathurst electorate as part of a marketing campaign to promote travel to rural and regional NSW. 

Palliative care services are extremely important.

The “What I Love About Holidays in NSW” campaign will use videos and photos taken by travel enthusiasts and locals to showcase the vast array of experiences, landscapes and attractions on offer in rural and regional NSW. 

To take part in the campaign, people are urged to upload their videos to www.visitnsw.com/ilovensw. Videos and photos can also be shared on Twitter and Instagram using #ILoveNSW. The eight best video contributions will win a Canon prize pack, which includes a Canon camera and a photography tutorial. 

Visit www.visitnsw.com

FAMILY TIME

LIKE many, I am looking forward to a bounty of Easter eggs on Sunday and sharing time with family and friends