20 May, 2023
Roy's Round Up - May 2, 2023
The smoke of the election is finally beginning to
clear, and we now have a sitting date for parliament.
Meanwhile, the last few weeks have been very productive.
I have had several meetings with ministers of the
new government, and they have been very responsive to
issues in Barwon.
With the new government in minority, it will be a
busy year but, hopefully, one that will be very beneficial
Wee Waa Hospital
You may recall Nyngan’s Multi-Purpose Service had
to close all but one of its inpatient beds in October last
year, a situation that has still not been rectified.
But, we are now seeing this in Wee Waa as well, with
the emergency department only open from 8am to
5.30pm, seven days.
In response to the situation, I contacted minister for
health, Ryan Park, requesting an urgent meeting about
the critical workforce shortages that are facing Barwon,
and we will work with him to address this as soon as
This request for a meeting has been accepted and we
are scheduled to meet next week. I also requested the
formation of a community-based working group which
has already been actioned.
I will be working to keep everyone updated on this
developing situation. My team and I, will be working
tirelessly to find solutions and to make sure this issue
remains at the forefront.
While I know this is alarming for many, and understandably
upsetting, we will be working together to
ensure people have access to the health services people
need. Both the Western and Hunter New England Local
Health Districts, are diverting patients to ensure people
can still access care, and we thank all the existing staff
for the burdens and workloads they have.
We will be updating our communities as often as we
can with any new developments.
I am confident, that the new NSW Labor government,
understands the importance of this, and I am looking
forward to working with them.
In my experience, ANZAC Day tends to bring-out
the best in people and their communities. Numbers
seem to be growing at dawn services, and most people
show great respect for the traditions of this important
It was my privilege to join the community of
Coonabarabran for their ceremony last week. With so
many ceremonies across the electorate, I can’t possibly
get to them all. Last year, I was in Broken Hill, and next
year, I will be somewhere else.
ANZAC Day reminds me, that we should never forget
the sacrifices of our servicemen and women.
Team Meet Up
With four years of experience and learning about
how we can provide the best possible service to our customers,
and with four years ahead, most of my team
came together last week in Nyngan at the Nyngan
Riverside Tourist Park, to review our existing processes
and see how we could improve on the work we do.
We also had a couple of team members who had to
come in by Zoom from Broken Hill and it was a very
There were some things that we found we could
streamline, things that we needed to improve on, and we
found ways that we can make-use of the strengths of all
members of the team to deliver even better service to
Recently, there were stories emerging from Walgett
about the quality of the drinking water in Walgett,
which was said to be high in sodium and which many
residents were reluctant to drink.
I would like to thank the water minister, Rose
Jackson, for her swift action on getting the issues at
Walgett on a path to resolution.
In the short-term, Walgett needs to have domestic
water that is palatable, and that the community can confidently
use or drink.
As I said in my meeting with the minister, we need
to establish a baseline of where domestic water across
Barwon and regional NSW is up to.
It is important to get a clear picture, community-bycommunity,
of what the needs are and start to map out
As we enter a period of financial challenges for the
State, domestic supply needs to remain a priority.
The previous government did address some issues —
you know I don’t play politics, so I won’t deny that. But
we have plenty left to deal with.
The minister also paid a visit to Walgett to discuss
issues with the water supply and listen to community
members and local authorities.
Ms Jackson is also minister for youth, housing, and
mental health, so it was a wide-ranging discussion.
The minister talked positively about resolving some
of the town’s issues, including working to restore confidence
in the water supply.
She emphasised the need for more consultation and
better communication with residents about water.
After the meeting, we took a tour of the water treatment
plant where they are preparing for a change-over
from bore water to river water.
The change-over should be seamless and should
improve water quality.
I will continue communicating with the water minister
to ensure that Walgett and other communities have
palatable water in which they can have some confidence.
I drove to Sydney a couple of weeks ago on a
Sunday to meet with the new premier and several ministers,
including the treasurer, on matters relating to parliament,
Barwon, and how things would work in the
Topics included the domestic water supply at many
communities including Walgett, the follow-up and public
communication from the terrible fish kills at
Menindee, and what needs to happen for the 13 councils
and the unincorporated area within the electorate.
While the meetings went well, my time in Sydney
had one negative note — I was rear ended while stopped
at a red light riding a scooter. Just about pulled my arms
out of their sockets, but I was unharmed.
unfortunately, was not unharmed!
Harmony in Walgett
While in Walgett this week, I went to see work progressing
on a mural by well-known Lightning Ridge
artist, John Murray, and local artist, Frank Wright,
(assisted by Bob Barrett).
John, Bob, and Frank, couldn’t have been more welcoming.
Locals and visitors were invited to put their
handprints on the mural.
This colourful work, titled “Harmony”, not only helps to beautify the town, but will be an extra added incentive for tourists to stop in Walgett, grab a picture with the artworks, and maybe spend a bit of time and money in town.