Tsunami Disaster

Kyogle News February 2005

Welcome to 2005. I trust everyone had an enjoyable, safe and relaxing Christmas and New Year season.

Tsunami Disaster

All of us have been shocked and distressed by the loss of life and devastation caused by the tsunami that hit many of our Asian neighbours on Boxing Day. This disaster has united all Australians and like everyone else I have been overwhelmed by the combined support being provided from around the world, especially our Nation.

Fisheries

The Nationals, through our Shadow Minister Duncan Gay, has called on Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald to immediately reverse NSW Fisheries' ban on recreational fishing clubs auctioning their catch to help local charities. These auctions raise thousands of dollars for local charities including helicopter and local schools. It is ridiculous that NSW Fisheries has banned the auctions on the basis that they threaten fish stocks.

NLIS

From 1 July 2005 all cattle, irrespective of age, will have to be identified with an NLIS device before they leave any property. From 1 July 2005 saleyards will be required to notify the NLIS database of all cattle being sold. And abattoirs will be required to notify the database of all cattle slaughtered.

Youth Friendship Games

Sydney will this year hold the Youth Friendship Games from 12 to 17 July. Sports to be represented include; Baseball, Soccer, Swimming, Ten Pin Bowling, Wrestling, Volleyball and Tennis. Nominations are now being called for individuals to register their interest in being considered to represent a NSW Aboriginal Team at the games. Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.dsr.nsw.gov.au or by contacting my office.

Seniors Week Grants

I was pleased to receive details of grant allocations to assist 15 local organisations in their Seniors Week activities planned for the Lismore electorate. "These grants are provided through the Ageing and Disability Department to assist with the organisation of local Seniors Week programs. Recipients of grants are -
$500 Association of Independent Retirees
$495 Bonalbo & District Development Assoc. Inc
$500 Casino/Kyogle HACC Flexible Service Inc
$500 Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Assoc. Lismore Branch
$500 Goonellabah Senior Citizens Club
$500 Kyogle Community Technology Centre
$400 Maranoa Centres for Assisted Living
$400 Nimbin 50+ Learning Centre
$300 Nimbin Community Technology Centre
$500 Nimbin Health & Welfare Assoc. Inc
$1000 Richmond Valley Council
$300 Senior Citizens Sunshine Club
$500 St Joseph's Aged Care/Friends Volunteers Services, St Vincent's Hospital
$400 Upper Clarence Community & Economic Development Organisation
$500 Upper Clarence Valley Senior Citizens

Standing Committee on Natural Resource Management

The Standing Committee on Natural Resource Management is calling for submissions relating to its inquiry into the following terms of reference -

(a) current disincentives that exist for ecologically sustainable land and water use in New South Wales;
(b) options for the removal of such disincentives and any consequences in doing so.

Submissions should be addressed to - The Committee Manager, Standing Committee on Natural Resource Management, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000 or can be lodged online at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/naturalresources. The closing date is 14 February 2005.

Inquiry into the Recruitment and Training of Teachers

The NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues is undertaking an Inquiry into the recruitment and training of teachers.  The terms of reference and other information can be viewed online www.parliament.nsw.gov.au.  Closing date is 21 February 2005.

Churchill Trust

The Churchill Trust is now calling for applications for the 2005 round. Each year the Churchill Trust awards about 100 Fellowships at an average cost of about $20,000 each. Closing date for applications with references is Monday, February 28, 2005. Full details of the fellowships and forms can be obtained from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust by contacting their National Office on Freecall 1800 777 231 or at www.churchilltrust.com.au

Trust Board 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 (R87232) Reserve Trust. Prospective trust board members will be selected on merit related to the skills they possess and the skills necessary to manage this reserve. Applications can be obtained and lodged with the Department of Lands, PO Box 272, Grafton 2460 or phone 6640 2061. Closing date is Monday 14 February 2005.

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