IT WAS a full schedule for the NSW Premier’s team.
Twenty-one ministers sat down with a host of community groups to talk about a selection of issues impacting the regions.
The one-on-one sessions were given the tick of approval by each minister, after the public lodged the meeting requests.
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Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said he wasn’t surprised that education and health were top of the list for talks.
“Anyone could apply for a meeting with the minister and the minister’s offices went through the lists,” he said.
“Some ministers met with everyone that requested a meeting.
“Some, like the health minister, get far more meeting requests than they can actually meet.
“Health is a major issue across all rural areas, particularly in this region with the Armidale Rural Referral Hospital and the upgrade there, because we’re waiting on the federal commitment there to match our state commitment.
“And there are issues at the Inverell and Glen Innes hospitals, but the councils both got an opportunity to have discussions with the minister today.”