NSW Premier's Griffith return offers huge opportunity: OPINION

The Premier and her ministry visits Griffith next week, and with them they bring one of the biggest opportunities residents have had in decades.

Every Griffith ratepayer has the chance to have their requests and opinions heard by the people wielding the power and writing the cheques.

Minister for Education Rob Stokes will no-doubt field questions on Griffith’s merged schools concept.

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Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward may address Griffith’s ghastly domestic violence numbers.

And Minister for Police Troy Grant may even have a solution to Narrandera’s epic crime wave.

They’ll all be here, even Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard.

NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard.

Perhaps the request at the top of most residents’ wish list coincides with Griffith’s ‘Save our hospital’ campaign.

The call stop the Griffith Base Hospital’s systematic removal of resources and services has already had one major win.

Just days after a mass rally was organised to protest downgrades to Griffith Base Hospital’s pathology services, NSW Health Pathology announced the decision would be reversed. 

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Save Griffith Base Hospital committee president Jenna Woodland is adamant the pathology win was round one in the campaign, and expects more from ministers and the Premier now they’re listening. 

The most important part of the campaign going forward is a unified message.

The rally on Saturday will go a long way to showing unity, and ironing out any weaknesses in the message minsters will receive next week.

Calling for a new hospital is a great starting point, and communicating some clear and precise requests will hopefully provide some insightful reaction from ministers, and fruitful discussions going forward.

For starters, let’s request some answers on the hospital’s future – then we can demand details.

No doubt a rally will generate interest and attention, but let’s be sure our argument is foolproof as well, so we know there’s nothing more we could have done when the cabinet returns to Sydney.

The eyes of NSW will be on Griffith next week.

Let’s not waste the opportunity to let our leaders know exactly what we need.