THE KYOGLE NEWS

The Kyogle News

01 July 2008

Volunteers

I am urging all local not-for-profit organizations to nominate their most dedicated workers for the 2008 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award. One in four people in NSW gives some of their free time to helping others, through sporting and service clubs, emergency services, social work, caring for the aged, or through the many other ways people help their community. These awards are a wonderful opportunity for one of our own regionís volunteers to receive well-deserved, State-wide recognition and to be thanked for their generous contribution. Entries close on Tuesday 30 September 2008. Nomination forms and detailed information can be obtained through The Centre for Volunteering website:www.volunteering.com.au .

North Coast Nats ask PM to save Permo-Drive

I was contacted by a number of local investors and together the North Coast Nationals State MPs wrote to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd seeking his personal intervention to help save North Coast R&D company, Permo-Drive. Unfortunately, Permo-Drive announced it would cease operating on 7 July, unless it got renewed investment. Local Members said the May Budget decision to abolish the Commercial Ready R & D grant scheme denied Permo-Drive the opportunity to apply for up to $5 million in grants at a time when it was on the cusp of commercial success. This occurred at the same time that the Federal Government gave a $35 million subsidy to foreign multinational Toyota in support of its fuel saving hybrid vehicle. A response from the Prime Ministerís Parliamentary Secretary has now been received indicating that the matter has been referred to Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Broadband

North Coast Nationals Duty Senator Fiona Nash has highlighted that the Federal Laborís decision to axe the previous Governmentís billion-dollar regional broadband contract will mean a longer wait and probably less choice for North Coast communities. The Opel Broadband system, which was well on the way to success, was to deliver wireless fast internet connections, especially to communities that donít currently get broadband. The problems with Laborís rival plan is that it will take much longer to implement because it needs much more physical infrastructure; it is more expensive to the taxpayer; and it is likely to entrench Telstraís monopoly as the sole provider for rural communities. Thousands of North Coast internet users will now be waiting for the best part of a decade before they are able to access high speed broadband. It also remains unclear how much Laborís plan will cost the consumer. * On this issue the NSW Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Broadband in Rural and Regional Communities will be conducting a public hearing on Friday 1 August at the Lismore City Council Chambers, anyone wishing to obtain further information, please contact my office.

Trust Boards

The Department is currently processing applications for trust board members for the Woodenbong Public Hall Trust and Wadeville (R91046) Reserve Trust. Prospective Trust Board Members will be selected on merit related to the skills they possess and the skills necessary to manage this reserve. Notices have already been advertised with the closing date at the end of July. Enquiries can be directed to Department of Lands, Lynnie Casson 02 6640 3402.

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