Northern Rivers Echo

vember 2006

2006 Thomas George 2LM Charity Walk
A special thank you to all the walkers and your sponsors who participated in, and supported the 2006 Thomas George 2LM Charity Walk. The day was very successful and has raised more than $24,000 for local organisations, including North Coast Children’s Home (CASPA), Summerland Early Intervention, Wilson Park School and Jumbunna Early Intervention. Thank you again to those who helped make it such a success which will now assist in providing needs for these special people.

Rehabilitation Unit
Last week’s rally for the Rehabilitation Unit demonstrated the strength of support in the medical and wider community for retaining the current service. I was pleased and thank Chris Crawford and the Executive of St Vincent’s Hospital for finally getting together for a meeting which has been sought by the community. This is not about who wins, this is about two organisations working together to provide health services for the region that are needed. I trust the discussions will continue to provide the region with a suitable outcome. Already in a short time the community has worked together to collect more than 3000 signatures calling on the State Parliament to retain the existing service. The outcome local representatives and Mayors have been trying to achieve in regard to this issue is of paramount importance. Finally I appreciate and thank everyone for the support we have received so far in trying to achieve this aim. Further discussions will continue this week and I will keep you informed of any action or support which may be needed.

More Police
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with Super Bruce Lyons, Lismore Mayor Merv King, Don Page MP, John Christopherson, General Manager of Ballina Council and representatives from the Workforce & Planning division of NSW Police, who were here to carry out a review of the Richmond Local Area Command in relation to police numbers. We were able to highlight and reinforce the need for extra police for the whole of the Command. The community can be assured that I will continue to make representations to seek the extra police required.

National Recycling Week
This week is National Recycling Week, when Australians focus on existing and new ways to recycle the goods we use. Overall, each year Australians recycle;

Australians are very good at recycling, but there is always more that can be done. For further information about Recycling Week visit the official website

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Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
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