Save The Train
The Kyogle News May 04
Save The Train
I am pleased to be supporting the call by the Mayors of the Northern Rivers
Councils who have called on Premier Carr to honour his promise to keep the
Casino-Murwillumbah rail line open. I will be travelling to Sydney on the
protest train with other people to relay this message to further encourage the
government to honour their promise. The community support is overwhelming with
well over 98% for the retention of the train.
Also I remind people to write individual letters to The Premier, The Hon Bob
Carr: Level 40, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, SYDNEY NSW 2000. These
letters can be dropped off at all Council offices, the office of Mr Don Page MP
(Shop 1, 7 Moon Street, BALLINA) or at my office (55 Carrington Street,
LISMORE). I will be personally delivering them to The Premier when parliament
resumes on 4 May 2004.
RAS Showgirl and Rural Achievers
It was a pleasure to attend the morning tea held in Sydney recently and
hosted by the Nationals in special recognition of the 2004 Showgirl Finalists
and the Young Rural Achievers Awardees for the 2004 Royal Easter Show. I was
honoured to see Matt McCormack from Casino as a finalist in the National Young
Auctioneers Competition at the Royal Easter Show judging.
New Mental Health Clinic for the Northern Rivers Area
I was very pleased the State Government has recognised the urgent need for a
new mental health clinic to service the Northern Rivers area. The announcement
by the NSW State Government to redevelop the Richmond Mental Health Clinic at
Lismore from the 2004/2005 budget of $1.1 million allocated to enable the
project to progress through the planning, consultation and tender process. The
new clinic will include 15 extra beds and an eight-bed Child and Adolescent
Northern Rivers Parkinson Support Group
This group is extending an open invitation to the whole community of the
Northern Rivers Area to attend their regular meetings. The meetings are to offer
support, social contact, information and encouragement for those who live with
Parkinson's. Meetings are held at the Ballina Hospital. For further information
please phone 6628 8278 or 6629 1458.
Review of Rural Lands Protection Act
I recently attended the public meeting held in Casino as part of the Review.
I encourage interested parties, particularly primary producers to make
submissions on RLPBs. Copies of the Issue Paper is available from my office.
NLIS: Farmers Deserve a Tag Subsidy
I was disappointed that I have not been able to attend the meetings on
National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS). However, The Nationals Shadow
Minister for Agriculture, The Hon Duncan Gay has been calling on Minister
Macdonald to approve a $1 start up subsidy on National Livestock Identification
Scheme (NLIS) tags for all NSW cattle. This kind of one-off assistance during
the NLIS implementation phase would be a fair and reasonable way to help get the
scheme underway, especially in light of the financial pressures that farmers are
already facing this winter because of the ongoing drought. The Nationals' have
been historically committed to supporting farmers with NLIS implementation; in
fact, one of our key policies at the last State election was a subsidy on NLIS
tags. Unfortunately the NSW Labor Government has never considered this kind of
support and is already lagging behind the other states in supporting farmers.
NLIS won't work if farmers can't afford to get on board.