Six Weeks Left for Justices of the Peace to Apply for Reappointment

Kyogle Newspaper August 2006

Six Weeks Left for Justices of the Peace to Apply for Reappointment

Today marks six weeks until the deadline closes for Justices of the Peace to send in applications for reappointment.

The Attorney-General's Department are accepting reappointment applications until 31 August 2006. After this date, the Department is unable to guarantee that applications received will be processed before the December 8 deadline when JP appointments lapse.

To date approximately 34,000 Justices of the Peace have been reappointed under the Justices of the Peace Act 2002. Copies of the reappointment form are available from my office.

Fire Services Levy Should Go

The Labor Government's fire service levy is just another excuse to take the hardworking taxpayers of NSW for an expensive ride. The NSW Opposition wants an overhaul of the system of collection for the fire levy because the current system is extortionate.

The fire services levy has risen by 152% in the last 12 State Labor Government budgets and the NSW Government will rake in a massive $564 million in 2006-07 from this levy alone. Many people are not even aware they are paying a fire levy - it is a hidden tax which the Government has quietly increased each year for the last decade. The system should be immediately reviewed.

Grants For Regional Sports Facilities

Is your organisation looking for funding to upgrade existing sporting facilities or build a new facility? Grants of between $30,000 and $200,000 are now available for eligible projects under the 2006-07 Regional Sports Facilities Program.

Projects should be open for use by the general public, be used primarily for sport or physical activity and require a maximum contribution by NSW Sport and Recreation of 50 per cent of the net project cost. Applications can be made by Local Councils or not-for-profit incorporated sport and recreation organisations whose primary objective is sport and recreation. Local government authorities must submit applications on behalf of committees or advisory bodies. Organisations interested in applying for the Regional Sports Facilities grants can pick up an application form from my office.

Warning About Telephone Scams

There have been reports recently of a new telephone scam built around returning missed calls. A person who receives a `missed call' into their telephone register from certain numbers is then stung $100 when they return the call.

The lines that are used are `premium service' lines which were designed for services such as ringing up for legal advice and talking to a lawyer for a certain rate per minute. However these lines are now being used more for sex line calls and now telephone scams.

It is hoped that service providers will act and close down the lines, however in the interim if you receive `missed calls' it is advisable not to return the call unless you recognize the number.

2006 Justice Awards

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW is seeking nominations for the 2006 Justice Awards. The Awards recognise the contributions that individuals and organisations have made to improving access to justice in NSW.

Nominations can be made in the following categories; Justice Medal- for improving access to justice in NSW
The Aboriginal Justice Award- to an Aboriginal individual or group who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving justice for Aboriginal people in NSW
The Pro Bono Partnership Award- for an outstanding pro bono legal assistance partnership
Law and Justice Volunteer Award- for outstanding commitment to improving access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people.

Nominations can be made on-line at www.lawfoundation.net.au/justice_awards or by obtaining a form from my office. The closing date is 14 August 2006.

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