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Mayor lauds PM's flying visit

Tuesday, 30th March, 2010

* Mayor Wincen Cuy, with his daughter Paige, presented the Prime Minister with two books on the city's history and invited him to return. * Mayor Wincen Cuy, with his daughter Paige, presented the Prime Minister with two books on the city's history and invited him to return.

Mayor Wincen Cuy said the visit by the Prime Minister on Sunday meant Broken Hill was still important to the nation.

Mr Cuy accompanied Kevin Rudd as he toured the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and the hospital. "It's fantastic. Just having him in Broken Hill is a coup anyway," Mr Cuy said. "So the fact that he's here, making some announcements, quite obviously we are still on the national forefront."

During his four-hour visit the Prime Minister pledged $1.9 million to beef up health training facilities. Mr Cuy said the new infrastructure, including new student accommodation units to house an extra 16 students and an extension to the University Department of Rural Health, would not only improve the students' experience but was good for the city.

"It'll mean more infrastructure built in Broken Hill for student doctors and resident doctors as well," Mr Cuy said. "I think it will have a significant (impact). If you listen to the students here you don't want to come out here and be living in one star accommodation, you want to be comfortable.

"You're working long hours and putting in the time. You'd like to live in a little bit of comfort." Mr Cuy said he hoped the PM would return to the city and stay longer. He said he hoped that giving Mr Rudd a copy of two local books - The Richest Lode and the newly published Remarkable People, Events and Buildings of the Past, by Jenny Camilleri, would inspire him to return.

"I encourageed him to have a longer visit and to come back and have a look at this fantastic city that built a nation," Mr Cuy said.

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