Dairy Report

The Kyogle News May 01

Parliament is in recess for most of this month, however there is one week's session at the end of May.

Dairy Report

An Interim Report of the Impact of Dairy Deregulation and Assessment Committee was tabled in Parliament recently and copies are available upon request.

Hospital Quality of Care and Value for Money

A General Purpose Standing Committee, chaired by The Hon Dr Brian Pezzutti is calling for submissions to its inquiry into the quality of care for public patients and value for money in major non-metropolitan hospitals. Public participation is being encouraged and the Committee is inviting written submissions from interested persons and organisations. The closing date is 18 May 2001. Terms of reference and further information is available upon request.

Country Shows - Country Halls

In Parliament last month I had the opportunity of highlighting the financial struggle of Show Societies, in meeting rising ongoing running costs. To the individual rural communities the annual show means so much more than an annual cash injection. Shows provide a focal point for many of the far-flung communities in rural and regional NSW. It is their window of local achievement - from livestock to sewing, preserving of jam, cake making and lots more. I am concerned about the decline in shows, being experienced both locally and regionally. Many country people are just too busy trying to make ends meet to dedicate the hours necessary to running shows. A large contingent of voluntary workers enable shows to function and assist in the survival of community halls. I have asked Minister Amery to acknowledge the difficulties being faced and to increase funding meet increasing costs of maintaining showgrounds and community halls.

Workers Compensation changes

A number of people have conveyed to me their concerns about the Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2001. The Opposition has renewed its call for an open judicial inquiry. An inquiry would ensure that all future decisions taken on workers compensation reform are based on the best information and research available.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577