$362million Preschool Policy Released

The Weekly 26 March 2006

$362million Preschool Policy Released

A Liberal/Nationals Government will provide a better start for NSW children by investing more than $362 million over four years to boost affordability and access to preschools.

Many local families have expressed their concern to me about current opportunities to access Preschool. Everyone agrees on the benefits of preschool for children, yet NSW has the lowest preschool participation rates in Australia and the highest fees in the country. The Preschool Policy will reduce fees for parents, increase participation for children and improve the quality of NSW preschools. It will also move funding for the preschool sector to the Department of Community Services.

Good News for Patients Travelling for Treatment

It is pleasing to see the State Government has taken on board the number of concerns and
Petitions I presented on behalf of country patients and changed the eligibility rules for the Patients Travel Scheme so that assistance is now available for patients travelling more than 100km. Previously to be eligible a patient had to be travelling more than 200km. This meant many residents of Northern NSW were missing out on assistance when travelling over the border. The change brings NSW into line with other state and is long overdue.

NSW Seniors Week 2-9 April

My office has received the program for NSW Seniors Week between 2-9 April. The program includes a variety of events including the Seniors Week concert in Sydney which many Lismore Electorate residents attend.

Seniors Week events occurring in this region include; Lismore Over 50's Seniors Learning Day, Lismore Over 50s Learning Centre
Living Life to the Fullest, Lismore Senior Citizens Social Club Inc.
Elders Cultural Gardens Walkabout, Casino Neighbourhood Centre
Stepping Out in Murwillumbah, Murwillumbah Bowls and Sports Club
Get Connected- Seniors Computer Courses, Kyogle CTC

Seniors Week provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the contribution made by Seniors to the community. It is also a week of great fund and activity. Any Seniors wishing to find out more about the week can do so by contacting my office.

Dealing with Sport Rage

The Department of Sport and Recreation has developed an on-line kit for sporting clubs to help deal with the issue of sport rage.

Sport rage, which can take many forms is becoming a major issue for sporting clubs. Behaviour such as abusing a referee, punching another player, or unreasonable verbal abuse of other players can take away the fun of participating in sport.

The on-line kit provides guidelines for sports clubs dealing with the issue as well as tools to crack down on bad behaviour. There are also free posters available to sporting clubs.

For further information about the on-line kit please contact my office or visit the Department of Sport and Recreation at www.dsr.nsw.gov.au

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