IN BRIEF

Atalla is Labor candidate

Blacktown councillor Edmond Atalla has been preselected unopposed as the Labor candidate for Mount Druitt at next year's state election.

He vowed to continue the good work of retiring MP Richard Amery.

"Our area has been continually snubbed and I am more than ready to roll up my sleeves and fight for the services and facilities our area richly deserves," Mr Atalla said.

"My key priorities include the Francis Street overpass duplication; stopping the cuts to Mount Druitt Hospital; and fighting for the installation of a lift at Rooty Hill railway station. I also welcome any suggestions from local residents to further improve our electorate as I believe that together we can make a difference."

Check out the small biz bus

The Small Biz Bus will visit Ropes Crossing on September 3 to give small business operators the chance to access personalised advice from business experts.

Businesses can seek free advice on running or establishing their business or come and bounce some new ideas around with an adviser.

The Small Biz Bus will be in the Ropes Crossing Village Car Park (adjacent to Coles) on September 3, 9am-3pm. Call on 1300 134 359 to book a free appointment.

Contribution 'phenomenal'

Federal Chifley MP Ed Husic has paid tribute to state Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery, who will retire from state politics next March.

"Richard's phenomenal contribution is evident everywhere you look in our area - he is a true local member," Mr Husic said.

"To serve more than 31 years in any role is a great achievement. I take my hat off to Richard's family for sharing him with the rest of us for that long."

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