FOLEY'S SHADOW CABINET COMES TO QUEANBEYAN TO TAKE PULSE OF REGIONAL NSW AS PART OF LABOR LEADER'S TOUR

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The NSW Labor leadership will travel to Queanbeyan this week to listen to the community's views on a variety of issues as part of Labor Leader Luke Foley’s tour of NSW to highlight his priority of putting schools and hospitals before stadiums.

Members of Labor Leader Luke Foley's shadow cabinet will participate in the Community Cabinet initiative held at the Queanbeyan Roos Club today. Country Labor’s candidate for the seat of Monaro, Bryce Wilson, will also be in attendance.

Local community groups, councillors and small business representatives will have the chance to meet with Mr Foley's team.

It comes as Labor re-states its commitment to build a primary school in the nearby suburb of Googong. Community pleas for a new school have been ignored by the local member, Nationals Leader and Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, who last week gave rugby league chiefs his assurance that he was fully behind the deal to spend $2.7 billion razing and rebuilding two Sydney stadiums.

Mr Foley’s visit is part of his ‘Schools and Hospitals before Stadiums’ tour to highlight the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government’s folly of spending billions on stadiums while 100,000 children are being taught in demountables and elective surgery waiting lists are at record highs.

At the Community Cabinet meeting participants will be able to share with Mr Foley's leadership team their experiences and views on a range of issues such as improvement for local schools, hospital upgrades, local road and infrastructure projects and the effects of local government amalgamations.

The decision to visit Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s seat to hear from locals on how they feel about this Government’s lamentable record in the regions shows how seriously Labor is taking regional NSW. This week marks one year out from the election on his statewide ‘Schools and Hospitals before Stadiums’ tour.

Quotes attributable to NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley

“Regional NSW has been let down by the Nationals and Liberals time and again. Labor has a solid commitment to the regions with our promise that all of the funds from the sale of Snowy Hydro will go into regional NSW.

“Labor will fund a new primary school for the community of Googong because our priorities reflect those of the community – our children’s education and the health of our citizens. 

“Labor wants to hear from the people of Monaro how we can help bring solutions for the issues facing the community and there is no better way than bringing my shadow cabinet to hear firsthand.

“All too often when Macquarie Street comes calling it's to tell the community what to do. We want to hear your concerns directly from you.”

“Every week, John Barilaro gets on the plane to Sydney to go to cabinet meetings. Our candidate, Bryce Wilson has brought our Shadow Cabinet to Queanbeyan to hear directly from the local community about their priorities.”

Quotes attributable to Country Labor candidate for Monaro Bryce Wilson

“As I’ve travelled to the country shows around Monaro people have constantly raised concerns about John Barilaro’s government spending $2.7 billion to knock down and rebuild stadiums in Sydney. They just shake their heads.

“Whether it’s new schools for our community, or upgrades for our existing schools, improvements for our local hospitals and health services, or funding a range of local road and infrastructure projects, our region deserves its fair share.

“I’m proud to bring Labor’s Shadow Cabinet to Queanbeyan. This is a chance for our local community to explain their local priorities directly to our leadership team.”

NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley with Country Labor candidate for Monaro Bryce Wilson