Keady's Corner


Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

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Letter To The Editor

With the recent passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, constituents are warmly invited to leave a personal message of condolence for Her Late Majesty.

As the global community mourns the passing of an adored monarch, we stand together with the people of the Commonwealth in marking our respects. Official condolence books are available to be signed at my offices in Young and Junee. Alternatively, messages can be sent in by email and will be included with the other messages.

On behalf of the Cootamundra electorate, I have signed a message of condolence at Government House to thank Her Late Majesty for dedicating her life to service, doing so with grace and dignity, and always remembering the small communities of regional NSW. Condolence books will be available at 140 Boorowa Street, Young and 25 Seignior Street, Junee, or by email at until Friday, 23 September 2022.

Yours sincerely,
Steph Cooke MP

Focus On The Future: GP Workforce In NSW And The ACT

The ACT and NSW Primary Health Networks will play a key role in the distribution of the GP trainee workforce after being awarded a grant through the Australian Government’s Health Workforce Program.

The Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program GP Workforce Planning and Prioritisation grant will enable the consortium of the ACT and 10 NSW PHNs to provide advice on the priority locations for GP training placements to meet current and future GP workforce needs, including in Western NSW. Training will be delivered by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) from February 2023.

Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) CEO, Andrew Coe, says this work will make a vital contribution to the future of GP training.

Western NSW Remains A National Leader Of Childhood Immunisation

Western NSW children are amongst the most prepared in the country to combat preventable diseases according to the latest national immunisation data. According to the latest Australian Immunisation Register Coverage Report, immunisation rates in Western NSW remain amongst the best anywhere in the nation.

For the third-straight reporting period, Western NSW has the highest rates of immunisation in children aged 12 to 15 months in Australia, at 96.14%. Western NSW also has the second-highest rates of immunisation in children aged 24 to 27 months at 94.94%, and for children aged 60 to 63 months at 96.92%.

Immunisation rates in Aboriginal children have continued to be successful across the region, having the third-highest rates for children aged 12 to 15 months at 95.09% and second-highest rates in the nation for the 60 to 63 months age group at 98%.

Immunisation rates in Aboriginal children aged 24 to 27 months have also risen over the past 12 months to 93.23%Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) CEO, Andrew Coe, is thrilled with the results.

Map Out Your Activities These Spring School Holidays

Virtual reality tournaments, Lego animation workshops and horse-riding clinics are among the many free or discounted activities available these spring school holidays thanks to the NSW Government’s $10 million Holiday Break Program.

Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin said it’s never been easier for young people to find holiday activities in their local area, with a new online interactive map outlining the programs, when the activities are running and how to book. Create NSW is delivering a range of artistic activities thanks to Holiday Break funding, including its popular song-writing program, SongMakers.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is again partnering with regional galleries to offer some unique workshops and activities.

To find activities near you through the new interactive map, visit

Cowra Hospital Auxiliary Fundraiser

Auxiliary cuts and shaves, to assist and raise funds for the Cowra Hospital. Donations will be appreciated. Held on Thursday 29th September at the Cowra Bowling Club, from 7pm.

Steph Cooke

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