Kyogle Newspaper September 2006
I attended the installation of Senior Constable Helen Crawford the first female
police officer to be stationed at Kyogle and I wish Helen all the best for her
appointment. Whilst on the issue of policing, I encourage members of the Kyogle
community to continue reporting crimes.
At a recent (Police Accountability Community Team) PACT meeting it was pointed
out that unless members of the community report crimes, proper statistics cannot
be kept, which makes it difficult to lobby for extra police. It is vital the
community assists police by contacting them if they suspect an offence, which in
turn could provide any intelligence in helping the officers to solve crime.
Pollies for Small Business Day
For Pollies for Small Business Day, I took part in undertaken some work
experience at a Caf‚ in Lismore and a Rural Store in Murwillumbah. As a former
business owner, I certainly appreciated the opportunity to spend some time with
local small business owners and get a better understanding of the current issues
and red tape they face each day in their businesses caused by decisions of
Area Assistance Scheme Grant Applications Now Open
Community based organisations seeking grants are being encouraged to apply for
the 2006 funding round for the Area Assistance Scheme (AAS).
The Area Assistance Scheme (AAS) provides grants to community based
organisations for community development projects that connect communities
through partnerships, build community leadership and capacity or promote safer
The 2006 funding round opened on 5 August 2006 and closes on 6 September 2006.
You can check eligibility and obtain further information and contact details
from the AAS website at www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au/aas
Setting Up Local Health Boards
The NSW Coalition has announced a plan to give rural hospitals more say in the
way they are run and make health services more responsive to the local community
by setting up District Health Boards whose directors will be local community
Under Labor, the NSW health system has ballooned into a massive bureaucracy run
from Sydney. This is a big issue for people in the Lismore area who rightly feel
health is imposed on them from the city with little understanding of what
smaller, rural hospitals need to deliver good service. Replacing Labor's
centralised health structure with a local district boards will free up money to
go to frontline services.
Having more community involvement in local hospitals will ensure a fairer
distribution of resources between larger city hospitals and smaller country
hospitals. The plan allows local communities to 'take back' their hospitals and
health services and should be warmly welcomed in this area.
$28 million for Libraries
Under a plan to boost funding for public libraries by 21 per cent each year for
four years, the Coalition has announced it will provide an extra $28 million for
public libraries across NSW. Public libraries play a very important role in our
regional communities, providing a vital, economic and social function and an
increase in funding will be of great benefit to the community.