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Dear Mr Joyce,
I know you are a busy man. It must take a long time to prepare for photo shoots and video promotions.
It seems you haven't had enough time to research queries you raise and comments you make in your latest Facebook posting so I would like to suggest some quick links to help out:
Support our regional communities
Recent rain across the district was a much welcomed event. However, it is not drought breaking and the natural disaster continues in full force.
NSW small businesses are not immune to the effects of drought either.
Many are struggling to keep the doors open and some may be forced to close, potentially putting many out of work.
As it stands, small businesses cannot access current drought relief funding and the Government needs to consider regional NSW biggest employer.
We need a government advertising strategy, advocating for city families to holiday in drought affected regional NSW.
Visit and support communities impacted by the drought. Book a motel room, eat out, get a hair cut, buy a new outfit or a pair of shoes.
With the school holidays upon us, this is the perfect time to explore our state and support our regional communities.
This is a practical, commonsense solution that will go a long way towards helping small business in our district.
I've been a bit crook over the past six weeks. Lying in a bed in ward one medical at Tamworth Base Hospital, many thoughts come to mind.
Things like mere mortality; why people still believe Barnaby Joyce is a competent and decent political federal representative; why people still watch the thuggery that is the NRL; but more importantly, why do people/patients say nasty, negative and horrible things about the staff at Tamworth Base?
They have helped me out so many times over the past 18 months.
I'd be far worse off without them. They are magnificent and they truly do care.
As I continue to recover, I want to give special thanks to my community of Kootingal for their help and support, in particular Peter and Sandy, James and Mel, Nicole and Jamie, and of course Jan.
They have been magnificent.
Lastly, I couldn't have got through the last 12 months without the encouragement and support of my beloved local cricket team. The Razorbacks. Who we are.
Thank you all.
It's human nature to want to make life better for people who need a little extra help. It's natural when you see disadvantage, marginalisation, and isolation to yearn to replace it with happiness and fulfillment.
The New England community is so fortunate that there are amazing people working every day to do this, helping to rewrite the future for hundreds of people, one day at a time.
And whether you see it or not, these people are always there, helping those is need, making our regional communities healthier, connected and more resilient.
From the incredible team at Challenge Community Services who help people with disabilities to realise their potential and achieve their goals, to the dedicated volunteers giving their time to support people undergoing treatment for blood cancers as part of the Leukaemia Foundation's patient transport service.
I'm personally awestruck by the dedication of the individuals who work with these and other groups throughout the New England to deliver programs and services most of us will be lucky enough not to need.
As part of Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, I review a large number of applications for grants each year, some for small amounts and some for major projects valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The common factor for all these applications is they have the goal of improving the lives of others, helping to rewrite the futures of people in need.
Since we started funding projects in the New England in 2007, we've provided more than $1.5 million to bring 67 projects to life in the local area.
I've seen the beaming pride of the people with disabilities training and working at Tamworth's Connexions Community Café, and the comforted relief of parents whose children are under the watchful care of the country's top specialists, connected by Variety's Vision for Life webcams in Tamworth and Armidale hospitals.
There are moments in life we take for granted because they come so easily to many of us, but when the moments are hard fought and won by people struggling against disadvantage, marginalisation, or isolation, they're invaluable.
So, on behalf of Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, I'd like to thank the groups we've funded in the New England for bringing their vision to life of a better day for others.
If you know a group that has a vision to make life better for those in need, I urge you to let them know that applications for our next round of grants is now open.
Visit www.charitablefoundation.com.au for information on who's eligible and how to apply.
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Acting Chair