North Coast Nationals MP Thomas George has delivered a speech in the NSW Parliament outlining key concerns for Murwillumbah, which falls within his Lismore electorate.

Mr George identified the downgrading of Murwillumbah Hospital, law and order, a flying fox colony in Bray Park and the cattle tick disease outbreak as the most pressing local issues.

“The first matter of concern to the community is the Murwillumbah District Hospital. I am currently working with the hospital's support committee on the future of that institution,” Mr George told Parliament.

He also advised Parliament of his latest local law and order initiative.

“With the Chamber of Commerce and the Murwillumbah community we have made May "report all crime month" to encourage people to report crime, because without statistics our submission seeking extra police in the Murwillumbah area is weakened.”

“After hours, police have to come all the way from Tweed, which creates difficulties, and the community has expressed its concern.”

Mr George went on to praise Bray Park local Eunice Higgins for the work she is doing to tackle the area’s flying fox problem.

“Something like 10,000 bats have settled in the area, making life a nightmare for local residents,” Mr George said.

“Another problem in the Northern Rivers area has been a tick fever outbreak.”

“We have very grave concerns about tick control in the area and a crisis meeting has been organised by Steve Cansdell and other North Coast Nationals members to be held at the Casino RSM Club on Monday 28 April at 7.00 p.m.”

“We are inviting the Minister for Primary Industries and his department to try to address these problems, especially those around Murwillumbah.”

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