OPINION: State politics

SAFETY: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says grants are available to local community-based organisations to run water safety initiatives. Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000.
SAFETY: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says grants are available to local community-based organisations to run water safety initiatives. Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000.

APPLICATIONS are now open for organisations in the Bathurst electorate to improve water safety in the community and help prevent drownings throughout NSW.

Last summer, 41 people drowned at a range of locations across the state. To ensure we don’t experience another horror summer season, I urge local community-based organisations that run water safety initiatives to apply for funding.

The Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program will prioritise initiatives that target high-risk groups and locations, identified in research undertaken by Royal Life Saving Society Australia for the government.

Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000, and collaborative projects between water safety and community organisations will be given precedence.

Applications for the Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program close on August 4, 2017. For information on how to apply, visit: www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au/Pages/water-safetyfund/Water-Safety-Fund.aspx

LOOK AND COOK

DID you know that almost half of the house fires in Australia start in the kitchen – all because cooking was left unattended?

To help prevent kitchen fires, Fire and Rescue NSW has released the Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag.

This magazine, which you can find in cafes, bars, community centres and other locations across NSW, features a great collection of recipes from firefighters that will give you the answer to that perennial question, “what’s for dinner tonight?”.

The Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag also has handy tips on how to stay fire-safe in the kitchen.

Fires can spread in minutes, but it only takes seconds to stop them.

You can also jump online to download the mini mag recipes, as well as lots of other recipes being added daily from the community at www.fire.nsw.gov.au

There are also lots of safety tips available and some great educational resources that are free to download.

A HOT DISCOUNT

THE NSW Government has secured a two-year deal with one of Australia’s biggest energy suppliers, creating savings of up to 25 per cent for seniors in the Bathurst electorate on their gas and electricity usage charges.

From July 1, AGL will offer Seniors Card members a 25 per cent guaranteed discount off electricity usage and 19 per cent guaranteed discount off gas usage charges on a two-year energy plan.

Given we are now well and truly into winter, the timing of this renewal could not be better.

More than 1.5 million older people in NSW have a Seniors Card. Visit www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au