Recent appointments

The Kyogle News March 02

I will be conducting another West of the Range visit on Wednesday 27 March 2002, please contact my office for an appointment time.

Recent appointments

I was very honoured to be elected as Deputy National Party Whip. I also welcome the challenges that this position will bring together with my appointment to the NSW Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety (STAYSAFE). This Staysafe position will provide me with the opportunity to reinforce School Student Transport Scheme concerns associated with rural isolation, road issues and transport problems.

Ministerial visits - Watkins and Scully

The opportunity to welcome both Carl Scully, Minister for Roads and Transport and John Watkins, Minister for Education and Training during their visit to the Lismore electorate was appreciated. It was disappointing that I became aware through unofficial sources that the Police Minister, Michael Costa, made his fleeting visit. However some good may result as Mayors Bob Gates and Col Sullivan was part of a delegation that raised issues that he would become aware of during his short stopover.

Congratulations to Jack Hurley who has worked tirelessly on promoting the Lions Road, to Minister Scully, which received recognition in the announcement of an additional $60,000 to Kyogle Council. Also brought to the Minister's attention was; the need for a bus turn-around at Kyogle High School and urgently needed work at Kyogle Railway Station.

Native Vegetation

The first operational day of NSW Parliament was used to call on the Carr Government to amend the Native Vegetation Conservation Act to ease the inequitable financial burden the Act places on landowners. A recent study by Associate Professor Sinden of the University of New England has quantified what farmers in NSW have known since the Native Vegetation Act was introduced in January 1998 - that the Act is severely affecting their livelihoods. The report revealed that the Native Vegetation Conservation Act has reduced land values and has reduced annual incomes dramatically, this loss of income affects not only farmers, but also the entire community. The Coalition will implement a major overhaul of the Carr Government's natural resource management legislation should it win Government in March 2003.

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 Collins Creek Public Hall and Woodenbong War Memorial Reserve Trusts. Applications should be lodged before Tues 2 Aril 2002 with the Land Access Unit of the Department of Land & Water Conservation, for further information contact Ph 6640 2061 or my office.

Law & Justice Foundation Grants

The Foundation seeks to advance the fairness and equity of the justice system, and to improve access to justice, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. Submissions are being invited for the next intake of Board grant applications that close on Friday 29 March 2002. Further detailed information is available upon request or via

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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