Regional Sports Facilities Program

The Weekly 16 October 2005

Regional Sports Facilities Program

This program provides funds to develop and enhance the network of major sporting and recreational facilities that meets the needs of the general community and may incorporate uses for talented and elite athletes. Applications are now open until 30 November and can be obtained from my office for the Department of Sport & Recreation website Applicants are encouraged to contact the Department's Manager of Grants on 9006 3776 to discuss their project prior to making application to ensure it is eligible for consideration.

Premier's Christmas Gala Concert 2005

This concert is held on Monday 5 December 2005 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, with two sessions, one at 10.30am and another at 2.30pm. Members of Parliament are provided ten double passes to distribute amongst seniors in our electorate. Anyone interested in these tickets should contact my office as soon as possible.

Fines for Smokey Chimneys

The NSW Labor Government has legislation before the Parliament, which provides for fines of $3,300 to be imposed for smoke coming out of chimneys. This is bureaucracy gone mad. The Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment Bill 2005 provides for the issue of `Smoke Abatement Notices' where a house or other building omits a visible plume of smoke for 10 minutes, including a 30 second period when it is at least 10 metres long. Failure to comply with a `Smoke Abatement Notice' will attract a $3,330 fine. This is sheer madness - country families with wood heaters and/or wood stoves will be facing the threat of officious bureaucrats and hefty fines if this legislation goes ahead. This is the latest instalment of over-regulation and red tape from a Labor Government, which is under the thumb of fat cat bureaucrats and extreme greens. NSW has become an over-taxed, over-governed State because of this type of legislative rubbish from Labor. The people of the Northern Rivers can be assured that the Nationals/Liberal Coalition is strongly opposing the legislation.

Tick Fever Inquiry Report

Mr Garry West, former Minister and Member for Orange, undertook an independent inquiry to address tick fever concerns. The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry were:
Potential use of cattle tick fever vaccine. Introduction of Queensland cattle into NSW. Use of electronic surveillance to enhance existing border control. Advisory mechanisms into State Government.

Mr West conducted meetings with interested producers and groups of producers on the North Coast and received written submissions to the Inquiry. This week Mr West's report was tabled in Parliament and makes recommendations on each of the terms of reference. Comments on the report can be made until 16 December 2005. Comments can be sent to: NSW Department of Primary Industries, Attention Sally Spence, Locked Bag 21, Orange NSW 2800. Copies of the report are available from my office or

Firearms Draft Regulatory Impact Statement

The firearms industry and other interested parties are being asked to consider a Draft Regulatory impact Statement, which is the latest step in the Government's review of firearms regulations in NSW. This latest document is very important to anyone who holds a firearms licence in NSW. Now that this Regulatory Impact Statement has been prepared, public consultation will again be undertaken before new Firearms Regulations can be ratified in NSW. A copy of the paper can be obtained by contacting the Ministry for Police on (02) 8263 6200 or by contacting my office. Submissions close Friday 4 November

Country Athletes Scheme & Country Coaches & Officials Scheme

The Country Athletes Scheme is designed to assist talented young athletes from country areas of NSW to gain access to training, coaching and competitions similar to those enjoyed by athletes from the city. The Country Coaches & Officials Scheme helps coaches and officials from rural areas to participate in educational courses that assist them gain or maintain required accreditation. Both schemes close 31 December and application forms and guidelines are available from my office orf

Electorate Functions -

Masters Games - Congratulations to the Lismore Masters Games Committee on yet another successful event. Under the guidance of Therese Crollick, the organising committee, John Bancroft and Leanne Clark, the staff and volunteers should be extremely proud of the effort and achievements of the Games.

Nimbin Show - a great country show to start the 2005 show circuit. Congratulations to President Phillip Williams, the committee and volunteers who again provided all exhibitors an opportunity to display, parade and compete at such a well presented showground and the public with an outstanding event.

National Police Remembrance Day - I was honoured to attend this service at Alstonville last week. Each and every day police officers put their lives on the line for the community. It is only appropriate that we remember all those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving and protecting the community. We also remember their families and friends. It is important that we also reflect on the bravery and selflessness of all our serving police officers who deserve our heartfelt thanks.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

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