It was an honour to visit the wonderful students and teachers at Annangrove Public School, and to officially open the new playground equipment which the NSW Government supported with a $50,000 grant through the Community Building Partnerships program.

This equipment was purchased to enhance the existing facilities and to provide a new nature inspired play-space with shade sails and appropriate safety flooring. DROUGHT CRISIS The NSW Government is forging ahead with new dams and water infrastructure. We face unprecedented times and are taking decisive action to support our regional communities. Last month we introduced legislation to fast track critical water infrastructure to ensure drought-stricken communities will not run out of drinking water.

We have already delivered close to $3 billion to drought relief and water security since 2017, which includes funding for 60 bores across 23 communities and 14 pipelines. With the Federal Government, we will also deliver a $650 million upgrade of Wyangala Dam in the state’s Central West and a $480 million new Dungowan Dam near Tamworth.

NORTHCONNEX UPDATE Construction is continuing at pace on NorthConnex. The $3 billion project is being delivered by the Australian and NSW Governments and is scheduled to open mid next year.