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Minister on the road

Monday, 17th March, 2014

Minister for Western New South Wales, Kevin Humphries was in the city over the weekend to speak with the community. Minister for Western New South Wales, Kevin Humphries was in the city over the weekend to speak with the community.

By Emily Roberts

Minister for Western New South Wales Kevin Humphries was in the city over the weekend to speak with the community, and he was told the road leading up to the miners’ memorial was top priority.

Mr Humphries, who is also the Minister for Mental Health and the Member for Barwon, thought the race weekend would be a great time to meet with locals.

“I’ve come for the races and to catch up with (Member of Murray Darling) John Williams on a few of the community issues,” Mr Humphries said.

Mr Williams said he discussed the poor state of Federation Way with Mr Humphries.

“Federation Way is the priority,” Mr Williams said.

“It is iconic and leads to a tourist site. People want the road reinstated (to a better condition) so they can visit the lookout.

“It is a main issue.”

Mr Humphries said infrastructure was a big issue.

“I will be supporting John and we will be trying to get resources from (Minister for Roads) Duncan Gay,” he said.

Mr Williams said a lot of work needed to go into Federation Way.

“The road needs to be widened and there needs to be drainage,” he said.

“It has really got to be engineered.”

Mr Humphries said this time of year was good to meet with people and see what other issues concerned them.

“I will be using the races to meet with people,” he said.

“It’s not just people in the west that attend but people from my electorate.

“I will also be heading back out here for a health tour in April.

“I will see how the sub acute mental health unit is going. It was one of the first in NSW.”

During his trip in April, Mr Humphries will be meeting with Mayor Wincen Cuy.

“NSW is facing a number of challenges and it’s not just Broken Hill; tourism is down across the state.

“People across Christmas locked up their spending. Cobar accommodation was less than half compared to this time last year.

Mr Humphries said there were many opportunities in the city.

“Broken Hill is an iconic location, it links the outback,” he said.

“Infrastructure-wise the city is built for 35,000 and locals are trying to maintain that with a population of under 20,000; it is always a challenge but there are mining opportunities out here.

“We will pursue mineral sands iron ore and make progress with the water issue.

“Broken Hill has so many opportunities. There is a great sense of self reliance.”

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