Seniors Week Awards

Kyogle Newspaper September 2005

Seniors Week Awards

Applications are now open for 2006 Seniors Week Achievement Awards program. The awards are a prestigious recognition of seniors from across the State for their contribution to the development of our community, for their leadership and for their initiative. The awards provide an opportunity to formally thank older people for the contribution that they make to the quality of life in our State. A group of individual can be nominated in one of the following categories;
Education/Life-long Learning,
Health & Well-Being,
Intergenerational Understanding,
Community Service and Volunteering,
Environment/Science
Business Mentoring

Up to 60 awards are available for outstanding nominations. Nomination forms are available from my office and close 5 pm Friday 7 October.

Broadband for Bonalbo

Internet users in Bonalbo can now speed up their downloads following Telstra's upgrade of the Bonalbo exchange with broadband ADSL. I understand the Bonalbo Community Transaction Centre was promoting the demand register and encouraging others to register leading to the exchange upgrade.

Seniors Week Grants

Applications are now open for 2006 Seniors Week Grants Program. The aim of the program is to assist the development and/or organisation of local Seniors Week projects and activities. Applications close 23 September 2005 and forms are available from my office. Please note Seniors Week 2006 is from 2-9 April, as it has been moved from mid March to avoid clashing with the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Fisheries Discussion Papers

Anglers in NSW are invited to have their say on proposals to change some recreational fishing rules, including modifications to size limits, bag limits and fishing methods. Two discussion papers have been prepared in consultation with the commercial and recreational fishing advisory councils. The discussion papers have been prepared in response to the findings of environmental assessments being conducted for the state's major fisheries, the results of the National Recreational and Indigenous Fishing Survey, the recommendations of the Palmer Report on Illegal Fishing for Commercial Gain or Profit in NSW, and community feedback from previous reviews. This process will give people the opportunity to comment on the proposals and options for changes to the current fishing rules. The discussion papers include proposals for changes to freshwater and saltwater bag and size limits and methods, and for fishing competitions. Written submissions close 30 September 2005. Submissions should be sent to: Fishing Review, NSW DPI, PO Box 21, Cronulla, NSW, 2230, fax 9527 8576 or email fish.review@fisheries.nsw.gov.au. Copies of the papers can be obtained from my office or the website www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au

Support for Young Farmers

NSW Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, Craig Knowles, announced a new FirstFarmer program. This is to support a new generation of sustainable agriculture with a program to help young farmers establish their own properties via concessional finance. FirstFarmer will help successful applicants buy into their first place and help ensure good resource management of our rural land. Farmers manage 80% of the land mass in NSW and they are a vital part of natural resource management. Support for FirstFarmer will be linked to Natural Resource Management policy to ensure new young farmers are equipped with the best practice knowledge associated with sustainable farm practices. The Government is also seeking Commonwealth support for this innovative scheme, which will be carefully monitored over the next 12 months, to address the exodus of rural youth to the cities. More information on FirstFarmer will soon be available from the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources and the NSW Farmers' Association.

Valuer General

A second newsletter regarding land valuations has been released with the purpose of providing landowners and members of the public with information about the valuation system. Majority of local Councils have elected to issue the first newsletter with the first round of rate notices for 2005. The newsletter is available on the Department of Land's website www.lands.nsw.gov.au or from my office. Should anyone wish a copy to be forwarded to them, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

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