Labor candidate promises schools, hospital funding for Bathurst

Katelyn Kurtz

Bathurst’s state election candidate for Labor, Beau Riley, spoke at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) last Thursday, promising additional funding for schools and hospitals in the region.

Beau Riley speaks at BMEC conference. -photo: Katelyn Kurtz

Four candidates for the region of Bathurst in the upcoming state election attended the conference to introduce themselves and discuss concerns with community members.

Attending community members were invited to ask questions to candidates, raising issues such as the need for a third public high school in Bathurst. 

Mr Riley said his party had allocated funding for this additional school to be built.

He also said he is committed to bringing additional nurses to hospitals in the region, as well as additional security staff, “as patients are becoming more violent”.  

He said his party has “2.1 million dollars to go into the extension of health services in Bathurst” as well as a plan “to incorporate (funding for) other areas”. 

            All candidates introduced themselves and explained their main policies and interests.

            Beau Riley said his party’s main policy is “No to stadiums, yes to schools, yes to hospitals”.

            Sustainable Australia Candidate Michael Begg spoke about the need for more environmentally conscious practices, particularly in farming.

            Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate Brenden May discussed drought relief for farms and rural communities, particularly in Western NSW

Current state member for Bathurst, Nationals candidate Paul Toole, said his party has developed new assets in NSW and has budgeted for additional nurses in the region’s hospitals.

            The candidate conference was held by the Bathurst Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association (CPSA) and was predominately attended by members of this association.

Chair of the conference, CPSA president John Hollis, said the association is not aligned to any party or member.

The state election is set to be held on the 23rdof March.

The need for an additional Bathurst high school was a focus of the forum. – photo:  Katelyn Kurtz