Kyogle Event

Kyogle Newspaper September 2006

Kyogle Event

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 government.

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 communities.

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 members.

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.

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