2018 has been a year of investment for the NSW government and The Nationals in particular.
Barwon has benefited from record levels of it in infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, roads and public transport, laying the foundations to drive growth in our communities.
This year has been a dry and difficult one, but the resilience and determination of our people never ceases to amaze me.
Communities have banded together and forged on, and I hope they will be rewarded with rain.
I acknowledge the efforts of farmers who have diversified their assets but understandably still need help in these tough times.
Difficult decisions will still be made, so it is important that primary producers bear in mind the support available. I am proud the NSW government is standing by our farmers.
Joint organisations are strengthening state and local government collaboration in the Barwon, improving economic management, planning and service delivery.
Water security has been very topical and I am continuing to work alongside the NSW government to fight for water security in Barwon.
The issues have been well-documented, with good reason, but this has overshadowed the good work completed this year.
The Safe and Secure Water Program has delivered more than $40 million to provide Barwon communities with access to high-quality, reliable and affordable water that meets modern standards.
As always, there are numerous community groups and individuals that continue to strive to make our communities a better place to live, and we continue to celebrate their contribution.
I thank my constituents for their support.
I am proud of how far we have come, and I look forward to delivering in 2019 as we continue economic growth and productivity through further investment in our communities.
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