MATTERS OF STATE: Nominations open for local government elections

GRANDPARENTS DAY: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole:
GRANDPARENTS DAY: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole: "Grandparents Day is the perfect day to show grandparents just how much they are loved and appreciated as they play an active and integral role in the lives of many families

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

Residents have the chance to put their hand up to run for their local councilat the December local government elections.

Nominations are now open and the NSW Government is determined to increase the number of candidates from under-represented groups at the council elections on Saturday, December 4.

As a former councillor myself, I know how important it is that our local councils continue to be reflective of our local community and that's why I'm encouraging local residents from all walks of life to run for election this December.

Our local councils play a vital role in making our community a better place to live, work and play and our councillors make important decisions on behalf of our local residents.

Serving on your local council offers a rewarding career, working with local residents and businesses to improve the lifestyle and amenity of your community.

If you have a strong sense of community and are keen to make a difference in your local neighbourhood, then you should seriously consider nominating yourself.

Candidate nominations are open until 12 noon on Wednesday, November 3.

PUTTING A SMILE ON GRANDPARENTS' FACES

This Sunday is an important date on the calendar as we celebrate Grandparents Day.

It's a time when I ask locals to spend time with an older loved one and to celebrate the important role older people play in the community.

There is greater need now more than ever to connect with older members of our families.

Grandparents Day is the perfect day to show grandparents just how much they are loved and appreciated as they play an active and integral role in the lives of many families.

The love and care grandparents give to their families is priceless. We also know that intergenerational connections are proven to result in less depression, better physical health and higher degrees of life satisfaction, for the benefit of both old and young.

The current pandemic may prevent us from celebrating in the way we'd like, but I ask everyone to pick up the phone or pay a special visit to their older loved ones. Let's put a smile on our grandparents' faces this Grandparents Day.