Safe and happy summer
With summer officially commencing on Saturday, residents across the Dubbo electorate are being urged to be careful.
I would like to support the messages of local emergency services with road safety, bush fire risks and proper precautions on our waterways all highlighted as key concerns when the temperatures soar.
Aussie summers are absolutely iconic so what we’re focused on is making sure people in our region take some simple steps to ensure their festive season is memorable for all the right reasons.
Whether you’re hitting the road to go and see loved ones this Christmas, or enjoying our beautiful beaches or rivers for a swim or boat ride, we want everyone to do so safely.
At the same time, we’re reminding people to make sure they’ve prepared their homes for the bushfire season, and know what to do if they’re affected by floods or storms.
I would also like to reiterated the police warnings about the importance of being safe on roads across the electorate as people travel around the state to see friends and family over the festive period.
All motorists have a responsibility to obey the road rules. Orana Mid-Western Police will be out in force this summer to ensure the safety of drivers and their passengers.
Getting ready this summer includes five simple steps:
- Know your risk - think about the area you live in and the types of disasters that could affect you;
- Plan now for what you will do - sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area;
- Get your home ready - prepare your home by doing general home maintenance and checking your insurance;
- Be aware - find out how to prepare and what to do if there is a disaster in your area; and,
- Look out for each other - share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.
Students challenging perception
In recognition of International Day for People with Disability (IDPwD), school students from the Dubbo electorate will demonstrate the importance of inclusion for people with disability through a NSW Government ‘E-poster’ competition.
Students in years five to eight are invited to create an electronic poster that sends a message about bullying and disability to build positive attitudes towards people with disability.
The project will raise awareness, reduce bullying and enhance the rights of all students. Unfortunately, students with disability can often be bullied or excluded. This competition aims to turn this around by raising awareness through a fun and creative project.
Each of the participating schools will be asked to nominate one poster entry per eligible year and ten students across NSW will be recognised and awarded for their participation in the initiative.
Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams, who spent time in the Dubbo electorate during the week, said the project is about educating students about acceptance and building school environments where all students feel comfortable and included.
“School is such an important stage of a person’s development and it is critical that we promote positive attitudes towards disability from a young age,” Mr Williams said.
“The E-poster project will create vital conversations and will reinforce the importance of inclusion for all people in society during this year’s IDPwD.”
Students of the top ten winning entries and their Principal will be invited to receive their prize at Parliament House. International Day of People with Disability will be held on Monday, December 3.