Drought

The Kyogle News July 02

Drought

Unfortunately the drought assistance measures recently announced by Premier Carr are only applicable to Bourke, Brewarrina and Walgett Rural Lands Protection Boards (RLPB). It is anticipated and hoped that the scope will widen to include our RLPB areas. Some of the measures such as the drought telephone enquiry line and access to Rural Financial Counsellors are accessible for advice as well as information through the website; www.agriculture.nsw.gov.au/drought. The National Party has been calling on the NSW Government to urgently introduce drought assistance measures for a number of weeks as conditions have gradually worsened across the State, over a period of time. It has taken the NSW Coalition's planned round-table meeting with financial institutions to spur on Premier into action. This package falls short because of the defined RLPB areas, however I continue my appeal for immediate measures that should include transport assistance for the cartage of fodder and water, as Casino and Richmond/Tweed RLPB's are restricted in movement of livestock to other RLPB's.

Beautification and COLA funds for Schools

$150,000 was provided to Lismore electorate Schools for assistance to improve access and amenity through upgraded fencing and school identification, pedestrian access to administration, signage and improvements to the external and internal front entry of the school. Kyogle Public School was included as a local school to benefit.

Additional assistance on a dollar for dollar basis to construct new facilities and improve existing buildings has been approved under the 2001/02 Joint Funding Program. Majority of schools will use the funding to construct shade shelters, games courts, covered walkways, multi-purpose spaces and covered outdoor learning areas (COLA). Kyogle High School received $8,000 for a COLA project and Larnook Public School received $3,040 for a storage shed.

Seniors Card mail out

Local seniors may have received contact from me in relation to the NSW Seniors Card; the response to this contact has been overwhelming. The telephone has been very busy and a number of people have mentioned that they have had difficulty getting through to my office. Please be patient as there is no time limit on this matter. A lot of people already have a card but may be unaware that my office provides a local directory, which lists all the participating businesses and the offers that are available in the Lismore, Casino, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron and surrounding towns. Should you wish to receive this publication, please do not hesitate to contact my office and you will automatically receive an updated version each time it is revised. My staff is currently supplying directories and application forms to those who have already contacted my office.

Trustee Members wanted

Applications are being invited from persons interested in being considered for appointment as a member of the Trust Board to manage the affairs of the Findon Public Recreation Reserve Trust and the Woodenbong Public Hall Reserve Trust. Applications should be lodged with the Land Access Unit of the Department of Land & Water Conservation, for further information contact Ph 6640 2061 or my office.

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