The Weekly 23 July 2006
At the recent Primex exhibition, I had the pleasure of accompanying Deputy Prime
Minister and Nationals Leader, the Hon. Mark Vaile to meet a number of local
agricultural businesses and producers. It was a great opportunity for Minister
Vaile to see first-hand the best the local agricultural industries have to offer
including meeting Noel of Noel Graham Farm Machinery.
Murwillumbah to Casino Rail Line
Whilst any announcement regarding the reinstatement of services to the
Murwillumbah to Casino rail line is welcome, I am disappointed the Iemma Labor
Government is holding the residents of the Tweed to ransom by demanding the
Federal Government provides $75 million for rail services.
The Federal Government had already placed $30 million on the table prior to the
last election, on offer the State Government failed to take up.
I challenge Transport Minister Watkins and Premier Iemma to reinstate services
on the line immediately and cease holding local residents to ransom.
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
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.
I am now regularly visiting the Murwillumbah area and am available for
constituent appointments. If you would like to arrange to meet with me during
one of these visits please contact my staff on 6621 3624.
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
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
The Pro Bono Partnership Award- for an outstanding pro bono legal assistance
Law and Justice Volunteer Award- for outstanding commitment to improving
access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically
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.