I will be conducting interviews throughout the electorate over the next couple of weeks. A West of the Range Tour on Wednesday 11 May, Kyogle interviews Tuesday 17 May and Casino interviews on Thursday 19 May. Should you wish to make an appointment, please contact my office.
Flashing Lights At School Zones
A Liberal/Nationals' Coalition Government will install flashing lights at NSW schools indicating the operation of 40km/h school zones. We believe it is necessary to increase motorists' awareness of the operation of school zones. NSW is already lagging behind South Australia, Queensland and Victoria who have been effective in reducing speed up to 12km/hour and child pedestrian injuries. The Carr Labor Government announced a trial of flashing lights in February 2003 and is still yet to report its findings. Many drivers ignore or are unaware they are entering a school zone. Flashing lights indicate to drivers days and times that the zones are enforceable. The Coalition will ensure high risks schools will receive flashing lights first and re-enforces the commitment by the Opposition's policy of saving children's lives.
2005 Seniors Week Awards
Two local ladies were nominated and achieved special recognition under the 2005 Seniors Week Achievement Award for their contribution to the development of our community, their leadership and their initiative. Mrs Janet McNaught and Mrs Peggy Constable both travelled to Sydney in March and were State Award winners, both were recognised for their volunteer and community service work. These ladies have contributed significantly for the benefit of their communities of Lismore and Kyogle, respectively.
Workplace Fatalities Bill
In a significant win for the National/Liberal Coalition and people power, the Carr Labor Government has withdrawn its flawed Workplace Fatalities Bill. I held a forum to inform local business people of the impacts of the Bill, which would have been disastrous for employers. Recently Minister Della Bosca's wrote a letter indicating I was scaring local businesspeople. Obviously my concerns were legitimate with the Minister now withdrawing the Bill.
Country shows are under threat from State Government charges and red tape and recently in Parliament The Nationals moved a motion to debate the future of country shows. During the debate I declared that we would not stand by and watch Labor destroy one of regional Australia's greatest institutions - the country show. The major issue currently facing country and regional shows is the extra cost to have police attend and the introduction of the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS). I also called on the Carr Labor Government to waive the excessive charges for police attendance and grant a three-year moratorium to enable show societies to phase in the NLIS. I highlighted show society concerns regarding OH&S requirements, public liability insurance and maintenance of buildings on showground property. Mr Carr must immediately act now to withdraw the police charges, support the introduction of NLIS and provide further support for maintenance of buildings.
Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues
This Committee is undertaking an inquiry into Dental Services, which closes Friday 27 May 2005. Terms of reference and other information relating to this inquiry is available at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au.