Express Examiner 24 January 2007

Best wishes for 2007

I hope everyone enjoyed the festive season and gathering with family and friends. I trust the ensuing year will be a prosperous and safe one. As I face the 24 March election many electorate issues pending and I will continue to work together with my State and Federal colleagues to achieve the needs of the Lismore Electorate.

Local Students

Congratulations to the many students who completed the HSC last year, what a great accomplishment. Some of you would be now preparing for further studies, job opportunities and embarking on new adventures. I would like to wish you all well in your future endeavours and trust that you all follow your chosen journey into careers and adult life with zest and determination. For those pursuing employment, the following website may be useful selecting ‘NSW Government jobs’.

Seniors Week Gala Concert Tickets

Seniors wishing to attend the 2007 Premier’s Seniors Week Gala Concert can now obtain tickets by contacting my office. The tickets are available without charge, but attendees are responsible for travelling to the event. This year’s concerts will be held on Monday 12 March 2007 at 10.30am and 2.30pm in Sydney.

Rainwater Tank Rebates

The NSW Nationals/Liberal Coalition will offer rebates of up to $1300 for the installation for installing rainwater tanks if the Coalition is elected in March. The policy to expand the current Labor Sydney-only water tank rebate scheme throughout NSW will cost $40 million over four years and will end in 2010. The $1300 rebate will apply for tanks of 7000 litres or more connected to a toilet or washing machine. For connected tanks between 4000 and 6999 litres the rebate would be $1100 and for connected tanks between 2000 and 3999 litres it would be $600. In contrast Labor’s rain water tank rebate is capped at $650, applies only to Sydney and will cease in 2008.

Lowering Your Cancer Risk

I recently met with Diana Fisher, Regional Programs Coordinator at the Cancer Council’s Far North Coast regional office who is working hard to spread the message of cancer prevention across the community. She has provided me with a number of useful brochures that are available by contacting my office as well as some information about a website which provides tips for reducing your cancer risk.

Whilst many cancers are related to lifestyle; such as smoking, nutrition, drinking alcohol, weight and sun exposure it can be difficult to understand how much these factors are affecting a persons health or putting them at risk of cancer. The Cancer Council website can help with this assessment.

Vale Greg Richards

The local community has been saddened by the sudden passing of Greg Richards. Greg was a compassionate and generous person who had a vision far beyond anyone’s expectations. He was respected and supported by his family, and this support enabled Greg during his life to forge and achieve his entrepreneurial ambitions. Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg’s family and friends.

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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