National Party MP's Visit

The Kyogle News August 03

National Party MP's Visit

I was pleased to host a visit by the National Party's Leader Andrew Stoner, Deputy Leader Don Page and Upper House Member Melinda Pavey to the Lismore electorate recently. This visit was part of a week-long North Coast tour undertaken by MP's in an endeavour to find out the concerns of local constituents and take their issues back to Parliament.

Pokies Tax

The recent announcement by the Carr Government to increase the tax on poker machines will not only affect the Clubs, but the community at large. We are not just talking about job losses and the disappearance of venues where country communities gather, we will lose the strong financial support our clubs provide to community, sporting and other local volunteering organisations. In addition many local small businesses rely on the orders they get from our clubs for their survival. The Labor Government's pokie tax hike is effectively going to hurt everyone in the Lismore Electorate whether they are regular club visitors or not. I have sent copies of my petition to all the clubs in the Lismore electorate, and I am calling on all local residents to sign up, at a club or my office, so we can send a clear message to Sydney that we cannot afford Labor's tax increase.

Alcohol Summit

The NSW Summit on Alcohol Abuse 2003 will be held at Parliament House from 26-29 August. I am calling on the community to provide me with relevant issues and concerns for me to take to the Summit. The Summit will be divided into ten working groups and, subject to the feedback from local residents, I will focus on the Family Health and Wellbeing and Responsible Supply and Consumption working groups. Concerned residents can write or ring my office. Information on the Summit is available at

Youth Parliament

I recently attended the 2003 Youth Parliament at Parliament House. The North Coast was strongly represented by Amelia Walsh, Ben Lyons, Lisa Joslin, Morgan Cowdery, Daniel Aycock & Scott Braithwaite. I was honoured to be Speaker of the House on the occasion of the Bill debate in which these students took place.

Mobile Phone Coverage

Finally in the last session of Parliament, the Bill that was delaying the construction of the tower to enable mobile phone coverage in the Bonalbo area to proceed was passed. I was honoured to have the Minister my representations and approaches made to him in order to have this matter expedited as quickly as possible.

Moratorium on new Justices of the Peace

The Attorney General's Department is in the process of finalising administrative procedures for the commencement of the new Justice of the Peace Act 2002. As part of this process there will be a moratorium on new Justice of the Peace applications effective 14 July 2003 until 28 November 2003. During this period new appointments will not be considered unless an urgent or demonstrated need is indicated.

2003 Towns and Villages Futures Program

I wish to advise that applications are now open with a closing date of 1 October 2003. This program is open to small regional communities with less than 2,500 residents and aims to foster economic growth and job creation in small regional communities. It helps communities and alliances of businesses to take a strategic and proactive approach to their economic development. The program offers the opportunity to undertake a community planning process and/or implement projects that have community support and will result in new economic activity. Communities and alliances of businesses are assisted with financial support, practical input on project development, and the creation of networks and information. Applications can be lodged by sponsoring organisations such as local councils, chambers of commerce or by incorporated community/business associations. The closing date is 1 October 2003. Forms can be downloaded from the internet at

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.