State Matters with Paul Toole

Palliative Care

A record $100 million in palliative care funding has been budgeted for NSW to support people suffering terminal illness and their families. The record funding will be invested into palliative care services which include additional front line nurses and 24- hour community care services.

Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of patients with an active, progressive disease that has little or no prospect of a cure.

This budget includes the most serious commitment of any government in NSW history to give people at the end of lifes journey, and their families, the peace, comfort and support they deserve. 

Increased Funding for Early Childhood Education

In a recent announcement, an additional $217 million in funding has been allocated for the successful Start Strong early childhood education program in the upcoming budget. Start Strong ensures that all children in NSW can participate in 600 hours of quality preschool education in the year before school, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are.

This new funding commitment means community preschools and long day care services across NSW will continue to be funded through Start Strong until 2021. Because community preschools services are required to pass on at least 75 percent of the increased funding to parents, this announcement also means continued savings for families with the cost of childcare.

Men’s Health Week

This week is Men's Health Week. Men across Australia are being urged to take the time to enjoy the things in life that make them happy. June 12-18, will see hundreds of local fundraisers and special events across Australia to give men and boys the chance to engage with the people and communities that help keep them healthy. The theme of this year's event is Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Keeping the Balance.

Taking time to pursue simple activities that make you happy is crucial in today’s life, and for this year's Men's Health Week I’m urging men to take the time to think about how they're managing the different areas of their lives.

Being healthy is more than exercising and eating well. It's also about making the time to pursue the activities you enjoy, whether that's connecting with mates, going to the park with the dog, or playing and watching sport.

It’s a good reminder to check in with your mates, and also check in with yourself. Listen out for events near you or visit

Fuel for thought

We’ve also seen it when we’re refuelling at the bowser, but how much do you really know about E10 fuel?

The E10 Fuel for Thought campaign helps drivers counter E10 myths in the market as well as giving motorists the opportunity to check their car’s compatibility via an online tool at More than just ‘the cheaper fuel’, this campaign and website hopes to educate drivers by answering E10-related questions and offer testimonials from E-10 users and car experts.

Grandparents Day Funding Open Now

NSW Grandparents Day is celebrated this year on the 29th October and is a time for everyone to come together and recognise the value of grandparents and older people in our communities.

I encourage organisations planning NSW Grandparents Day events to apply for funding, with grants ranging from $1,000 for small scale events, to $10,000 for large style community events, open now until Friday 14 July 2017.

For more information or to apply, visit

Story Time: Paul with Mrs Thomas and her class at Elizabeth Chifley Preschool in Bathurst. A bright future for preschools with new funding promised.

Story Time: Paul with Mrs Thomas and her class at Elizabeth Chifley Preschool in Bathurst. A bright future for preschools with new funding promised.