GEORGE BACK IN TO BAT FOR MURWILLUMBAH

George back in to bat for Murwillumbah

“Parole officers will now have to spend up to six hours a day driving…”

27 June 2008

For the second day in a row Lismore Nationals MP Thomas George has raised in the NSW Parliament threatened service cuts to Murwillumbah.

On Thursday Mr George led a debate about cuts to Murwillumbah Hospital. On Friday it was the turn of the Murwillumbah Parole Office and Speed on Tweed, both currently in jeopardy.

He told Parliament the Iemma Government’s decision to close the Murwillumbah parole office and relocate staff to Lismore was “both ignorant and arrogant.”

“It is ignorant because the Government doesn’t understand the logistical nightmare it is creating with no idea of the significant extra distances staff will now have to travel to do their job,” Mr George said.

“Staff who live in Murwillumbah will now have to drive to and from Lismore four times on days when they have to service Tweed clients, spending up to six hours a day driving – all because the Iemma Government wants to save a few dollars on office rent.”

“The decision is also clearly arrogant because the Government failed to talk to or listen to the needs of the Tweed area.”

Mr George also said he was very concerned about the possible end of Speed on Tweed which was very important for the Murwillumbah economy.

He pledged to work with Tweed Tourism boss Phil Villiers to help secure the long term future of the festival.

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