Let's Not Forget REX

The Kyogle News August 04

Let's Not Forget REX

I encourage Northern Rivers travellers to continue to support our regional airline Rex, following the announcements by QantasLink and Virgin Blue of new services to the region. While I welcome any efforts to further Northern Rivers tourism and increase services for the local community. To date, 5000 passengers a month utilize Lismore Airport, compared to 3,000 last year with 55,000 passengers during 2003/2004, compared to 36,000 in the previous year. Whilst the introduction of Virgin services in Ballina begins, let's not forget that Rex has been here providing a continual service in the difficult times as well as the busy times. When other airlines apparently saw the region as a lost cause and the state government was encouraging people to visit the area via the Gold Coast Airport, Rex believed in the region's potential. Whilst I am pleased that the major carriers have seen the light, I urge travellers to continue to use the outstanding services offered by Rex here in Lismore. I have called on the NSW Government to ensure it's significant expenditure on air travel to and from the Northern Rivers, was shared between the airports. As a major user of air travel in the region for official business, the Government has a large role to play in ensuring there is a level playing field for airlines.

Kyogle High School - Award Presentation

Last month, it was my pleasure to be present at the School's Award presentation day to recognise the training support that local employers are giving students in part-time school-based traineeships. This traineeship program provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience whilst still at school and in most cases has given encouragement to these students to continue on with their schooling with a broaden outlook enabling them to appreciate education.

Enclosure Permits

My office has received a number of calls in relation to changes to fees charged by the Department of Lands. Members of the NSW Farmers Association should convey their views to its Members Service Centre on 1300 794 000. I am requesting constituents to protest in writing to my office so that I can forward objections with my representations to Minister Kelly in order to seek a review of these exorbitant charge increases. Anyone wishing to receive information on this matter should contact my office.

Daffodil Day

On the 20 August people across Australia will come together in a spirit of good will and participate in this special celebration. As the international symbol of hope, the daffodil represents our shared believe in a cancer-free future. People interested in participating by selling merchandise to friends, family and colleagues can call 1300 65 65 85 or visit www.daffodilday.com.au

"Indent" One Off Grants

This is an organisation called Independent entertainment network for young people in NSW. You can apply for up to $2,000 per gig, festival or event happening after September 10 this year. Further information can be obtained by visiting www.indent.net.au

2005 Macquarie Bank Indigenous Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are now open and is merit-based and open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who can demonstrate a developed interest in directing, producing, screenwriting or documentary. Application forms can be downloaded www.aftrs.edu.au

Small Grants for Small Rural Communities

A small grants program for small rural Australian communities is offering grants again this year to benefit not-for-profit organisations in rural and remote communities. For more information www.frrr.org.au or call 1800 170 020.

2005 Australian of the Year Awards

You are invited to nominate a friend, family member, community leader, colleague of even someone famous - an Australian who you believe makes our country a better place to live. Forms are available at Commonwealth Banks, more information call 1300 655 193 or www.australianoftheyear.gov.au. These awards close Friday 20 August 2004.

Call for Submissions

The Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Natural Resource Management is inviting submissions on farm practices for the reduction of Salinity and Drought Mitigation. Terms of Reference area available from my office or by following links to Committees from the Parliament website www.parliament.nsw.gov.au

Rail Corridor Working Party

The first meeting of the Casino to Murwillumbah Rail Corridor Working Party, was postponed and will be held on Monday 9 August. As advised previously I have received a number of constituent approaches in relation to issues as a result of the closure of the branch line, I will highlight these matters and seek outcomes during discussions with members of the Working Party. Should constituents wish to convey incidents of concern or experiences, please do so by contacting 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