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It's time to work together for the future of Barwon - Roy Butler
Kate Schwager

It's time to work together for the future of Barwon - Roy Butler


This week I had the honour of delivering my inaugural speech in Parliament. An opportunity to talk about my goals for the next four years.  To you the people I represent I restate my election commitments – to work hard and be honest.   
Across the electorate I have met many people who are incredibly passionate about the future of  their  community.  They  want  recognition  that  at  this  moment  in  the  history  of  NSW  the government is faced with a choice. They continue to treat the communities of western NSW in the same manner they have been or they change their focus and reinvigorate the bush.  
I  am  committed  to  working  with  the  community  and  listening  to  people.  With  the  aim  of building a future where every child in Barwon has the same opportunities as a child in Sydney. To  ensure  that  those  living  in  far  west  NSW  don’t  continue  to  have  their  life  expectancy decreased and to start opening doors for communities to thrive.  
The Barwon electorate is fortunate to have a large Aboriginal community – I am thankful for the  support  they  provided  to  me  during  the  campaign.  I  will  use  my  time  in  Parliament  to support all Aboriginal people to gain traction on the issues that are important to them.  
I will work across political divides to solve problems and make decisions that will improve our collective future and most importantly our children’s future.  
I talk a lot about quality of life – we in the Barwon electorate don’t have the things that people who live in the city take for granted. We don’t have comprehensive public transport, we don’t have the level of public amenity, we don’t have 24 hour services. 
We  are  also  currently  faced  with  a  drought  that  has  moved  beyond  a  meteorological  and hydrological drought – a lack of rain and water in our river systems.  We are now deep into a socio-economic drought, a drought that is impacting on all aspects of our communities.  
The  government  needs  to  support  people  so  they  can  reach  their  potential,  and  create  an unfair advantage for businesses in regional NSW. We need business incentives, I would love to  see  a  five  year  wave on  stamp duty for  commercial property  and  commercial  vehicles.  I would  also  like  to  see  payroll  tax  removed  in  regional  NSW  –  a  tax  on  employing  people doesn’t make much sense. Two areas I am committed to working on 
during my time in Parliament. 
If we are to reinvigorate communities, we should not have to ask for or  lobby  for  the  necessities  of  life.  The  communities  of  Barwon should be able to reach for aspirational goals. They should be aided 
by the government, and should not be told what we want or need it should be up to communities. 

We  in  Barwon  have  not  lost  our  sense  of  community.  It  is  stronger  than  ever.  We  have passionate  campaigners.  We  have  very  strong  community  groups.  People  are  committing their time to make sure our communities are good places to live.  
I look forward to working with local government, community organisations and individuals to realise their aspirational goals. It is my absolute intention to leave a legacy of improved quality of life for people living in communities across the electorate.  
To the people of Barwon I will work my hardest to make  your voices heard and  make  sure your priorities are addressed. Thank you for your trust and confidence.  

Video of his maiden speech is available at this link if you would like to listen to it. 

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