Williams Presents Electorate Priorities To Ministers

Williams Presents Electorate Priorities To Ministers

Despite the delivery of the next State Budget being seven months away, Nationals Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams has spent the past few weeks meeting with State ministers to discuss priorities for the electorate.

“Whilst there are many projects in our electorate that need funding I understand the challenges facing all levels of Government as they try and live within their means but at the same time reduce debt.

“I have used the past few weeks to ensure Ministers were cognisant of the issues that were important for our community," Mrs Williams said.

“I presented to relevant Ministers a document outlining funding priorities as well as to the Premier, Deputy Premier and Treasurer.

“I know the State Budget is still months away, but it is important to put the case for funding to Ministers well before the Budget process commences.

“While I speak with Ministers about many issues and funding opportunities, I am conscious of the difficult task they face in prioritizing projects across all 93 electorates in NSW.

I was pleased that all Ministers welcomed the opportunity to discuss issues directly relating to the Port Macquarie electorate in the context of the 2014-15 Budget," Mrs Williams said.

“Priorities covered a broad range of portfolios including roads, health, education, Crown Lands, emergency services, the environment and sport and recreation.

“I meet regularly with the Mayors and General Managers of both Port Macquarie-Hastings and Greater Taree City Councils as well as with representatives of the Local Health District, local police, education and Chambers of Commerce so I am very aware of the issues that rank highly in these areas.

“Ministers have the difficult task of balancing the needs of all electorates but in doing so it is critical that they have a clear understanding of what's important to local communities," Mrs Williams said.

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