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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I believe in the future of country Australia. I am passionate about attracting jobs, opportunities and investment to the bush and am excited at the opportunity to serve on The Nationals’ frontbench as Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister.

Michael and I worked very well together to make the Murray-Darling Medical Schools Network a reality and train more doctors for the bush and I think that we can continue to deliver even more great projects for country communities.

I’m passionate about bridging the great divide between the cities and the bush not only in health services but also making sure that country communities get their fair share of jobs and funding for roads, transport, education and communications.

The Central West is seeing the benefit of investment through decentralisation of the Regional Investment Corporation and many local roads and bridges being made safer around the region. I want to use my experience in delivering these and my passion for regional Australia across the nation.

By investing in the services and infrastructure, we help get people home sooner and safer and make the regions a more attractive place for families and businesses to live, work and invest.

That's why the Liberals and Nationals delivering in Government is so important and why I am excited to get to work on this new role.
πŸŽπŸŽ„ It’s almost Christmas and our local volunteers are still out supporting our community.

It was an honour to draw the winner of the Monster Christmas Stocking with the team from Roundabout Central West in Orange on Saturday.

I’d like to thank them and everyone who supported this year’s fundraising. Proceeds went to the RSPCA and the Housing Plus domestic violence/crisis refuge.

Merry Christmas! πŸŽ„πŸŽ @housingplusau @rspcansw
πŸŽͺπŸ— Eleven projects in the Blayney Shire will share in $1 million through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program. The projects are spread right across the Shire and will stimulate local community spending by using local resources, businesses, suppliers and workers. 
One project to be funded will be an upgrade to the boundary fences at the Carcoar Showground. The showground is a much-loved community resource and groups such as the Carcoar PA&H Society play a key role in getting our communities through this tough time! 
For more information about the projects, see πŸ—πŸŽͺ
✈️🚁 Bathurst Regional Airport is like Pitt Street for planes, with over 35,000 plane movements each year. It's particularly busy during events such as the Bathurst 1000 and the Bathurst 12 Hour, so it's important to have the infrastructure in place to support such increases in tourism.

A number of upgrades are now well underway at the airport, thanks to a $2.5 million investment by the Federal Government, which includes a new taxiway, parking space and new fuel bays. 
Bathurst Regional Council is also kicking in $2.5 million for the project and it's a great example of local and federal governments working together for a really worthwhile outcome. 🚁✈️
πŸ“°πŸ“± Well done to the team at @villagevoicelithgow who will use a $50,000 Federal Government grant to rollout a regional digital publishing platform and accompanying app. This will allow for news submissions from readers, and provide digital advertising space and a coupon system for local advertisers. 
Owners Rich & Kellie Evans have identified an opportunity for growth in their business and I’m thrilled the Federal Government is supporting them! πŸ“±πŸ“°
πŸ…πŸ’° The Federal Government has provided $90,000 to assist the Orange Regional Museum to purchase a valuable antique with links to the Ben Hall gang of bushrangers. 
The sterling silver grand epergne was presented to Amelia and David Campbell by the Forbes community in 1864 to acknowledge their bravery in resisting an attack from Ben Hall’s gang on their property, making special note of Amelia’s heroism.

The 72-centimetre high Campbell epergne will be part of a special exhibition at the Orange Regional Museum, which will detail the history and significance of the bushranger attack and Amelia and David Campbell’s courage. πŸ…πŸ’°
πŸ«πŸ€ Christmas has come early for the Orange Christian School Prep to Year 12 with the announcement this morning of a $650,000 Federal Government grant to build a new multi-purpose hall. 
This $2.2 million project will be a welcome addition to the school and when complete, will include a stage, netball and basketball court, and a store room

One of the great strengths of our region is our schools. Right across the board we are lucky to have a strong and vibrant education sector. Congratulations to the team at Orange Christian School, including Principal Melissa Brown! πŸ€πŸ«
β˜€οΈ On a wonderful Sunday in Blayney we buried the Centenary of the Armistice time capsule (to be opened in 100 years) and then had some quality time with Santa and his good mate Miles Hedge! β˜€οΈ
πŸš¨πŸš’ Congratulations to the Clifton Grove/Ophir Rural Fire Brigade and also the Moorbel Brigade on their new sheds.

We really appreciate all our RFS volunteers do to protect property and lives in the Clifton Grove and Moorbel areas, across our region and across Australia. Let’s hope it’s a quiet Christmas for them! πŸš’πŸš¨ @nswrfs @rfscanobolaszone
This afternoon I've been visiting the communities of Wellington, Mumbil and Stuart Town, which has included: βœ… attending Mumbil Public School's Annual Presentation Day and presenting Destiny Gillard with the Calare book prize for outstanding work in literacy (well done Destiny!); βœ… announcing $3,481 for Binjang Community Radio 91.5 to install new carpet in their studio, and a further $6,445 for the Wellington Golf Club to upgrade their golf cart pathways; and βœ… checking out the great new tourist signage in Stuart Town which was funded thanks to a $8,000 Federal Government grant. Don't they look fabulous?!
πŸ‘©πŸ½β€βš•οΈπŸŒ‘ Today's announcement of $22 million to develop a new rural medical school in the Central West is the culmination of many years of lobbying. The communities of the Central West have been united in the push for a new medical school because they know only too well about the shortage of country doctors. 
This new medical school will change the way medicine is taught and practised in country Australia by training doctors in the bush, for practise in the bush. It will also set the Central West up as a hub for medical training and research. πŸŒ‘πŸ‘©πŸ½β€βš•οΈ
πŸšŒπŸš— The Bathurst community came together yesterday to celebrate 40 years of the Bathurst Community Transport Group. 
They are an integral part of the community, providing a service that many of us take for granted. 
Thank you for all you do, Bathurst Community Transport and congratulations on 40 years of service! πŸš™πŸšŒ