Andrew Gee MP

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Federal Member for Calare | Barrister βš– Mumbil's Chuck Akubra champion 2012 + 2014 πŸ† Proudly country πŸ‘

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The Hon Ken Wyatt, Minister for Aged Care, joined me in visiting The Three Tree Lodge Aged Care Service in Lithgow which is undergoing an expansion. It was also great to meet Ron Huxley.
This morning I had the great privilege of laying a wreath at Orange’s Remembrance Day service lead by Orange Anglican Grammar School who did a wonderful job. 
We honour and remember those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts, and thank them for their service. 
Lest We Forget.
I was delighted to attend the official launch of the girls academy at Canobolas Rural Technokogy Hugh School this afternoon. Congratulations to Program Manager Nikita Mason and Development Officer Belinda Mason, and of course the wonderful students!
This week the first sod was turned for the new Molong ambulance station. The commitment to build the $2.5 million ambulance station was made when j was the State Member for Orange back in 2015 and I know the community is as delighted as I am to see work underway!
It was great to be out and about in Mudgee today!
It was wonderful to catch up with Helen, Colleen and the team at the Wellington Information and Neighbourhood Centre today!
This morning I visited Post Office Lane in Orange, where the wonderful Cancer Council Western Region staff and volunteers are raising money for Daffodil Day. Zena has been volunteering for 25 years - what a tremendous effort and amazing contribution to the community!
It has been a very exciting week in the Calare electorate!

The Federal Government has delivered the single biggest grant of its kind to the area, with $10 million announced for Velocity Park in Bathurst. 
I was also delighted to announce Housing Plus has received $588,800 for the Orange Crisis Centre for Women and Children.
Oberon Council Mayor, Cr Kathy Sajowitz showed me around the Robert Hooper Community Centre last week where this year’s Waste 2 Art entries are displayed 🎨

The competition is about celebrating the re-use and recycling of waste and the winners of each category will go on to the Regional Competition and Exhibition to be held in Orange next month.

The theme this year is plastic packaging - and as you can see, the artworks are very creative!
Yesterday the Deputy Prime Minister @barnaby.joyce announced that the Regional Investment Corporation will be based in Calare. The Corporation will be responsible for administering over $4 billion in concessional loans (drought relief) and water infrastructure loans. 
In the set-up stage there'll be 25 new jobs, with 31 to be delivered in the first two years. 
When I heard the RIC was looking for a home, I immediately volunteered Calare. And given the economies of Bathurst and Orange are so closely connected with hundreds commuting between the two cities each day, there is no doubt that the folks from Blayney and Bathurst will certainly get a chance to apply for and bag one of these jobs. 
It's great news for the Central West! πŸ‘πŸ½
Thanks to Mark Watchorn and John Zeni from the Barton Park Giant Tree Arboretum who showed me around the magnificent 40 hectares they manage on the banks of Lake Wallace yesterday. 🌲🌳🌱🌿 During my visit, I planted a Sequoya tree and also shared the good news that the group has received a $4,550 Federal Government Volunteer grant. The Arboretum plan to use the funds for new outdoor furniture and equipment.
New Australian and NSW State flags are proudly flying in the main street of Molong, which I dropped off to Cabonne Mayor Ian Gosper and Acting Cabonne Council GM, Stephen Harding earlier today. 
The previous flags had become quite tattered and the Council were definitely in need of a new set! πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί