Centenary Medals

The Kyogle News June 03

Centenary Medals

Congratulations to the many worthy recipients who have recently been awarded Centenary Medals. Awardees from the Kyogle area include - Tom Fitzgerald and Bridie Gregory. Both of these people have been recognised for their service to the community.

Country Athletes

I was pleased to receive advice recently of the successful applicants under the 2003 Country Athletes Scheme. The Lismore Electorate received $14,505 towards assisting talented young athletes to obtain first class training, coaching and competition. Congratulations to the recipients, in particular Matthew Piga from Kyogle. I trust this will help them in their future sporting endeavours.

Country Shows

Last week I had the opportunity to raise in Parliament a Matter of Public Importance in relation to country shows. I highlighted the fact that shows play an important role in rural and regional communities. It is often the focal point of the community's year and is the occasion to showcase its achievements in livestock to sewing and many other areas. The two greatest obstacles for shows have been in the increase in insurance costs, the drought and maintenance of buildings. I have called on the NSW Government to provide necessary funds, support and needs to assure the future of country shows. I also mentioned that many of these problems also pertain to country halls.

Native Vegetation Reform Implementation Group

The NSW Government has set up the Native Vegetation Reform Implementation Group to work with NSW Farmers, environmentalists, scientists and the Government to implement the reforms outlined by the Wentworth Group. The Hon Ian Sinclair has been appointed to head the Group. Any comments can be directed to -

Ms Gul Izmir, Project Manager
Department for Sustainable Natural Resources (SNR)
23-33 Bridge Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Ph 92286222 Fax 92286288

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