2002/03 STATE BUDGET

Post Budget

2002/03 STATE BUDGET

4 June 2002

National Party Member for Lismore Thomas George, said the 2002/03 State Budget contained no unexpected allocations as it was handed down today.

"Whilst a few items in my electorate were mentioned, I am disappointed in the overall lack of allocations for the Lismore electorate," said Thomas George.

Mr George said mention was made of the following ;-
$1.9 M for Kyogle hospital and MPS, estimated total cost $10.4M;
maintenance and upgrade funding for country rail track in Casino;
additional beds for mental health;
additional funding for dental and dentures services for older people;
new radio systems for Richmond/Tweed Divisions (already previously mentioned in State budgets);
from August 1, the halving of stamp duty on all general insurance, including public liability insurance from 10 to 5%;
Aspect North's digital mapping facility receiving support from the Department of Planning.
"Abolition of payroll tax on the wages of apprentices from July 1, will be welcomed. Payroll tax also reduced from 6.2 to 6%, however the base will be broadened on 1 July, which is certainly no comfort to businesses in the Lismore electorate who are competing against its Queensland counterparts.

"I will certainly be interested to view the more detailed documents once they are available in the hope of receiving ongoing funding for both major and minor projects for the Lismore Electorate.

"I believe this Budget was an opportunity for the Carr Government to hear and acknowledge community needs, but it provides an opportunity in March 2003 for regional voters to show the Carr Government if they feel that they have been listening to them," concluded Thomas George.

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