Kyogle Show

The Kyogle News November 04

Kyogle Show

I was pleased to attend and officially open the re-established Kyogle Show for 2004. Congratulations to Brian Hannigan and his Committee on their tireless efforts to reinstate this important local event. As part of the Kyogle Show, the CRT Eden Country Store Prime Vealer Competition was a tremendous success, well done to Ron & Rita Martin for their organisation and support in providing sponsorship for this event. The Committee together with their team of volunteers had their hard work and dedication positively acknowledged by public attendance as well as the success enjoyed by the exhibitors.

Blood Bank Services

Following my indications, during a recent opening of a Red Cross Conference, that rural Blood Bank Services in our area need attention, yesterday I met to raise and highlight concerns of this issue with the Australian Red Cross, Public Relations Manager together with other representatives of this area in order to have this situation reassessed and examined.

Seniors Week - The Best Time for Ages!

The 2005 Seniors Week Achievement Awards Program is now open. The Seniors Week Achievement Awards is a prestigious annual event that highlights and recognises NSW seniors for their outstanding contribution to our communities, for their leadership and for their initiative. In 2005 a group or an individual can be nominated in one of the following categories;
Business mentoring
Community service and volunteering
Education/life-long learning
Health and well-being
Intergenerational Understanding

Application forms are available from my office. Nominations close 5pm Friday 5 November 2004.

Regional Sports Facilities Program

This program provides funds to develop and enhance the network of major sporting and recreational facilities that meets the needs of the general community and may incorporate uses for talented and elite athletes. Applications are now open until 30 November and can be obtained from my office for the Department of Sport & Recreation website Applicants are encouraged to contact the Department's Manager of Grants on 9006 3776 to discuss their project prior to making application to ensure it is eligible for consideration.

Office of Industrial Relations Online Services

The Office of Industrial Relations has produced a brochure on its online services to assist in answering questions relating to pay rates, award conditions and entitlements. The services on the website ( include -

Check Your Pay - helps users calculate wage and other entitlements, including annual leave and long service leave.

Pay Rate Updates - gives the latest information on changes to NSW pay rates, award conditions and leave entitlements by email. Select the wards you want, change your choices or unsubscribe at any time.

NSW Awards Online - provides access to industrial awards and pay rates covering nearly 1.5 million workers in NSW.

Parliamentary Inquiries

Currently the following Parliamentary inquiries are seeking submissions.
Academics' Paid Outside Work
Back-end home detention
Follow-up review of performance audit report on Corporate Governance
Inquiry into Reporting and Audit Requirements for Small Agencies
Inquiry into the Joint Use and Co-location of Public Buildings
Natural Resource Management Issues - Inquiry into Term of Reference (f)
Natural Resource Management Issues - Inquiry into Terms of Reference (c) & (d)
Review of road safety administration in New South Wales
Review of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988
Review of the Operation of Audit Committees
Speed and motor vehicles: Vehicle-based measures to monitor, manage and control speed
Sustainability Reporting in the New South Wales Public Sector Inquiry

Further details can be obtained from my office or the NSW Parliament website 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:

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