The Kyogle Newspaper

28 August 2008

Supported Accommodation

The Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DAHDC) has recently developed a new draft policy titled “Allocation of places in Supported Accommodation: Policy and Procedures Manual”. These draft guidelines are designed to replace the existing policy. The draft includes a number of provisions and changes, including the creation of one central register of people requesting accommodation in NSW and people will be able to apply for services in more than one region. DADHC has also developed a draft Maintaining Respite Capacity policy, which seeks to increase the number of available respite places in NSW by ensuring the people with a disability are able to move into more appropriate permanent accommodation. Both policies have been released for public consultation and DADHC is seeking feedback, in particular people and organisations with an interest in accommodation services for people with a disability. Executive summaries of the two drafts are available and submissions should be provided by 12 September 2008 either via email at or via post to Placement Policy Feedback, Accommodation, Policy and Development Directorate, DADHC Level 5, 83 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

Signs of Stroke

I have expressed my support of the National Stroke Foundation’s campaign to raise public awareness of the signs of stroke – Australia’s 2nd biggest killer and a leading cause of disability. I am helping to distribute the Stroke Foundation’s FAST wallet cards during National Stroke Week from September 15. FAST is a simple way of remembering the signs of stroke and what to do if you experience them or see the signs in another person. FAST stand for Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, Time to act FAST – calling 000 immediately could prevent death or severe disability. In 2007, the National Stroke Foundation asked Australians aged over 40 what they know about stroke and 15 per cent said they did not know any of the signs of stroke. This is an important message because getting the right medical attention as fast as possible could save lives and reduce disability. The Chief Executive Officer of the National Stroke Foundation, Dr Erin Lalor, says many Australians do not realise the extent of stroke. Not only is it Australia’s second biggest killer but the number of strokes will increase each year as Australia’s population ages unless we can reduce the incidence rate. Anyone interested in obtaining a FAST card should contact the electorate office.

Pollies For Small Business

I joined with 80 of my State and Federal colleagues across New South Wales as they are put to work as part of the NSW Business Chamber’s annual Pollies for Small Business program. I enjoyed the opportunity of undertaking this exercise at the Escape Coffee Lounge in Murwillumbah and Café 29 Downtown in Lismore. Having been a small business owner, I know the important part it plays in the community. Pollies for Small Business gives me the chance to get back to the coalface and refresh myself with its highlights and troubles, but also gives small business operators the chance to raise their concerns directly with me. The NSW Business Chamber Pollies for Small Business program is run in cooperation with the local Chamber of Commerce network.

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:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.