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Tribute to Pat Brassil aM Life member and Party stalwart


Council (1974-2004) and was Deputy Mayor five times and Mayor seven times. In 2007 he was only the second Labor person and eighth in total to receive the esteemed honour of Freedom of the City of Wagga Wagga, a mark to note over 30 years service to his local community. Pat was also one of the most active ALP members involved with the NSW Local Government Association and the Country Mayors Association during his 30 years of local government service and he served as a mentor to many ALP members in local government. Pat was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1997 for distinguished service to local government, particularly regional development and decentralisation, and the Party conferred Life Membership on Pat in 2008. as his son michael concluded in his eulogy for his father

Pat Brassil received his Life Membership of the Party at the 2008 Annual Conference.

Life member of the Party, Pat Brassil am, passed away on 27 april 1991 in Wagga Wagga. as a former Wagga mayor, Chairman of riverina Water County Council, school teacher, supporter of the arts, head of numerous regional development and local government organisations and as a political activist he was often referred to as mr Wagga Wagga. Pat arrived in Wagga Wagga in 1967 and promptly joined the local ALP and his membership was continuous and active since that date. A school teacher and member of the Teachers Federation since 1954 he

remained an active unionist even as a retired member of his union. He held many ALP positions in his local Branch and Electorate Councils and was notably the long standing Wagga Wagga Branch President during the 1970s and 1980s. Pat represented the Party as the Federal Candidate for Farrer in 1975 and then again as the Federal Candidate for Riverina in 1993. Such was the community respect that he enjoyed, that Pat went on to lead a remarkable local government career for a country ALP activist in a fairly safe conservative area he was the longest serving elected representative ever to sit on Wagga Wagga City

He was a leader, a real champion of the people, a marvellous husband and father.
Country Labor and the Party has lost one of the real giants from its membership with Pats passing and our sympathies go out to his wife Anne and his family.

new medical Centre benefits Denman residents

Residents of Denman and the surrounding area will find it easier to see a health professional locally with the official opening of the denman Medical Centre.
commitment to rural health infrastructure. The centre will help bolster health services in Denman by accommodating an additional two GPs, specialists, registrars, medical students and visiting allied health professionals. The Denman Medical Centre is one of 175 such projects worth more than $35 million that have been approved across Australia since 2008 under the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program.
million for The Federal Labor Government is providing $35 al Centres across rural and regional Australia. 175 Medic

the new centre was made possible by an australian government grant of more than $550,000 to the Caring medical management service. it was

opened by Joel Fitzgibbon, member for Hunter. The new Denman Medical Centre is an important part of the Australian Governments

For too long, areas outside the big cities missed out not enough doctors, not enough nurses, not enough services, Joel Fitzgibbon said. Facilities such as the Denman Medical Centre are an important first step in redressing the balance, he said.

$65 million regional cancer centre for albury


in good news for albury Wodonga patients, the gillard government has announced a local, $65 million, integrated regional cancer centre will be funded in the 2011-12 Budget. The new centre will consolidate and expand existing cancer services in the region and build on the cancer treatment facilities at the Albury Campus of Albury Wodonga Health (previously Albury Base Hospital). Reducing peoples chance of getting cancer and, treating it earlier and more effectively, are key priorities for the Gillard Government through national health reform, Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Simon Crean said. This is part of Labors commitment to helping regional Australians to see and contact a doctor closer to home. The new project will join 22 other regional cancer centre projects around the country that will be linked to world class hubs in Melbourne and Sydney.
The Federal Labor Government is committed to helping regional Australians to see a doctor closer to home.

Photo courtesy: The Border Mail

new early Learning Centre opens in Queanbeyan


the minister for early Childhood, Peter garrett, and member for eden-monaro, mike Kelly, opened a new $1.7 million Ku early Learning Centre in Queanbeyan south. The new facility is one of 11 centres to be established in NSW as part of the Federal Governments commitment to early learning and care. The first few years of a childs life set them on a road to adulthood and we want that road to take them on the path of good health, education and social development, Peter Garrett said. Local federal MP Mike Kelly said the new centre will help children get a great start to their education, by
The Federal Labor Government has committed $114.5 million to build 38 early learning and care centres across Australia.

becoming happy, confident learners. This Government is completely committed to the importance of early childhood education and the integration of education and care, Mike Kelly said.

The KU Early Learning Centre in Queanbeyan South is part of the Federal Governments $114.5 million commitment to build 38 early learning and care centres across Australia.

Federal Labor continues consultation on murray Darling Basin reform


Water Minister Tony Burke hosted a roundtable on Murray darling basin reform with representatives from Australian environment and conservation groups.
representatives from environment and conservation groups including the australian Conservation Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the australian Floodplain association, the farming sector and state and national parks associations all attended. Tony Burke said the meeting was an important part of the Gillard Governments consultation with communities on reform in the Murray Darling Basin. We want Murray Darling Basin reform to deliver three key outcomes: a healthy, working river system, sustainable food production and to drive strong regional communities, Tony Burke said. Thats why we are investing over $12 billion to secure water for the future by improving water-efficiency in the basin and in doing so making more water available for our rivers.

wants to get the The Federal Labor Government Darling Basin so that best outcome for the Murray the future. communities have certainty for

Local Branches: Connecting with our Labor history and local communities
our local branches continue to find new ways to connect with our Labor history and engage with their local communities. Send in photos to show others what you have been doing to jay@nswalp.com or by post to PO Box K408, Haymarket NSW 1240.

tings in the historic Barrier Broken Hill Branch holds its mee history lding a living tribute to the long Trades & Labor Council Bui in the Silver City. of the labour movements activism

Port Macquarie Branch org anised a tribute to Ben Chifleys famous Light on the Hill speech, and now feature a memorial to the great Ben Chifley in our Country Labor Office.
an enrolment drive to get more Coffs Harbour Branch organised to the State Election. people on the roll in the lead up

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