State Matters | Paul Toole

This week we welcome returning motorsport enthusiasts, as well as those visiting Bathurst for the great race for the very first time. It’s a time of year that sees the city of Bathurst swell with around 200,000 race fans attending the annual event, injecting $21 million into the Bathurst economy, $25 million into the Central West and $55 million into NSW. The economic benefits are far reaching with local retailers, suppliers, trades, services and accommodation providers benefitting from a huge influx of numbers and business, year after year. The growth of the Mount Panorama precinct makes good business sense, and this is why the NSW Government is investing $15 million into the development of a second circuit at Mount Panorama, ‘Velocity Park’. The $52 million project will be funded through a mix of State, Federal and Local Government funding, creating 220 jobs during construction and another 247 ongoing jobs. This is great news for Bathurst and the Central West. To all of those attending this weekend’s myriad of events, have a great time and stay safe!.

Mental Health Month

People living in the Bathurst Electorate are being urged to check in with friends, family and colleagues during Mental Health Month this October. The theme for Mental Health Month 2017 is ‘Share the Journey’, to highlight the importance of social relationships to improve overall mental health. Maintaining good relationships can improve our ability to cope with life’s challenges and help build resilience in trying times. 45 per cent of all Australians will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime. Providing the right supports and promoting the best possible recovery from mental illness is a priority for the NSW Government, so people with mental illness, their families and carers can live life to the full. I would like to acknowledge and celebrate the work of organisations and individuals in the Bathurst Electorate who are at the forefront of making a difference in the lives of people living with a mental illness. The NSW Government is investing a record $1.9 billion for mental health funding in the 2017/18 Budget, including an additional $20 million to support the ongoing strengthening of community-based mental health care in NSW. For details on events visit: www.mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/aboutmental-health-month/ If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For mental health services call 1800 011 511.