Trustee Members wanted

The Kyogle News March 04

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 Kyogle Showground Reserve Trust. Applications must be lodged before Monday 19 April 2004 with the Land Access Unit of the Department of Land & Water Conservation, for further information contact phone 6640 2061 or my office.

IPTASS Petition

The Nationals have launched a petition calling on the Carr Labor Government to review the criterion country cancer patients had to meet to access financial assistance under the NSW Isolated Patients' Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS). In order to qualify for financial assistance in NSW, cancer patients must travel in excess of 200 kilometres one way for treatment, whereas in South Australia and Victoria, the distance is 100 kilometres, and in Queensland it is 50 kilometres. These distance criteria are the toughest in Australia and this inequity is simply unfair. The petition also called on the Sydney Labor Government to give patients the chance to choose their own specialist. Patients are currently required to see only their nearest treating specialist. This not only restricts patients' access to the best available treatment but also fails to take into account that the waiting times for the nearest specialist may be sky high. These conditions meant rural and regional cancer patients faced an unfair financial burden and were detrimentally affected by waiting times, varying quality of care and an inability to participate in clinical trials. The petition for a better deal for cancer patients in country areas had the support of a number of cancer advocacy and support groups. I would strongly encourage people to come into my office or call for a copy to join the State-wide push for a fair go for country cancer patients.

Senior Citizens Week Grants

The following local organisations were included in the successful Lismore Electorate applications to enhance celebrations of Seniors Week 2004. The theme this year is "Best Time for Ages" and activities will be held 14 -21 March 2004.

$2,500 Casino Neighbourhood Centre - The ATSI Healthy Ageing and Wellbeing $1,000 Casino/Kyogle HACC Flexible Service Inc - Seniors Month of March Celebrations 2004 "A Time to Remember" $500 Richmond Valley Council - Seniors of the World $500 Upper Clarence Valley Seniors Week Committee - Cabaret and Concert

2004 Election of Board of Tick Control Members

The Electoral Commissioner for NSW as Returning Officer is to conduct elections for six members of the Board of Tick Control. Nominations are invited for the position of representatives of owners of stock from each district (Bangalow, Casino, Kyogle, Lismore, Tweed & West of Richmond Range). A person has the prescribed qualifications to stand as a candidate or nominate a candidate if:

on the date fixed for the close of nominations (2 March 2004) or at any time during the 12 months before that date, the person owned cattle kept within the electoral district to which the elections relates; and at any time during the 18 months before the date the person paid an animal health rate levied on the person under the Rural Lands Protection Act 1989 in respect of cattle kept within the electorate district to which the election relates.

Nomination forms and Statutory Declarations in Support of Candidature may be obtained from the Board of Tick Control, Wollongbar; Cattle Tick Control Office, Woodenbong & Kyogle; Tweed/Lismore Rural Lands Protection Board, Lismore; Court House, Ballina; Rural Lands Protection Board, Casino. Completed nomination forms and statutory declarations in support of candidature must be lodged with the Returning Officer, State Electoral Office no later than noon, Tuesday 2 March 2004.

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