NSW Regional Achievement and Community Awards

The Weekly 15 July 2005

NSW Regional Achievement and Community Awards

This year is the inaugural year for these awards, that are an amalgamation of both the Regional Achievers and Community of the Year Award and the Community Enterprise Awards. Individuals, businesses, communities or organisations who have made a difference to regional and rural NSW in one of the following categories are being encouraged to apply. Categories are; Business Enterprise Award
Events and Tourism Award
Regional Service Award
Environment and Landcare Award
Community of the Year

Nominations can be made online at www.awardsaustralia.com or by contact my office. Closing date is 5 August 2005.

Environmental Trust

Applications are opening in the next couple of weeks for the following Environmental Trust programs - Environmental Research (major & minor categories), Environmental Education, Protecting our Places Aboriginal Grants Program, Eco Schools Grant Program and Environmental Restoration & Rehabilitation. Guidelines, application forms and more information is available on the website - www.environment.nsw.gov.au/envtrust or phone 8837 6093.

Seniors Information Service

A special function for seniors was held on Wednesday 29 June 2005 in Lismore. This information session was free and aimed at assisting seniors in accessing a wide range of interests such as gardening tips, security, taking care of finances, wills, power of attorney and guardianship to name a few.

Dentistry Forgotten

In the recent budget, the Carr Government's failure to address the parlous state of dental health in NSW was putting the health of thousands of the State's most disadvantaged at risk declared Shadow Health Minister Barry O'Farrell following the Budget. The budget offers no hope to people currently on a public dental waiting list or health professionals doing their best in a massively under-resourced system. Oral health has become the forgotten area of public health under the Carr Government, attracting a miserly 1 per cent of the total health budget. The appalling thing is that Bob Carr doesn't even realise oral health is a State responsibility. In February he wrongly claimed, `Oral health has always been a federal responsibility.' The fact is oral health has never been a federal responsibility.

NRMA Motoring & Services' Better Roads Panel

Last year, as part as of their Safe Roads initiative, NRMA held a series of forums in regional NSW to talk to local councils, industry, community leaders and local motorists about what road issues concerned them. There is a very strong link between quality roads and a healthy regional economy. Better roads both save lives and help build important regional industries such as tourist, freight and primary industry. By forming a Better Roads Panel in each of the nine key regions, NRMA plans to explore the link between roads and regional economics. This panel was launched recently by Deputy Director (former Member and Minister for Roads) Wendy Machin, which will aim to influence government policy on local roads. Members of the community are invited to have their say on local road issues by forwarding submission to NRMA C/- Lisa McGill, Level 23, 388 George Street SYDNEY NSW 2000 or by email to betterroads@mynrma.com.au.

2005 Justice Awards

Nominations are currently open for the annual Justice Awards presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW. These Awards are a great opportunity to recognise the efforts of individuals and organisations working to increase access to justice NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. Either individual or a group of individuals may be eligible for one or more of the following Awards. Nominees can be recognised for a single outstanding activity or, for achievement over a period of time;

The Justice Medal - sponsored by the Foundation and presented to an individual for outstanding achievement in improving access to justice.

The Aboriginal Justice Award - sponsored by the NSW Attorney General's Department and presented to an Aboriginal individual/group of individuals demonstrating outstanding commitment to improving access to justice Aboriginal people in NSW.

The Law and Justice Volunteer Award - sponsored by the NSW Bar Association for outstanding commitment in a voluntary capacity to improving access to justice.

The Pro Bono Partnership Award - sponsored by the National Pro Bono Resource Centre and presented to private law firms, community organisations and/or community legal centres, which have developed a relationship resulting in improved access to justice for disadvantage people.

Nomination forms are available from my office, or www.lawfoundation.netau/justice_awards and close on 5 August 2005.

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