The Richmond Valley Independent
Flood Recovery Report
I welcome the recent release of the Recovery Coordinator’s Report on the Mid-North and Far North Coast Flood Recovery that has endorsed a number of Nationals North Coast MPs’ recommendations.
These include the formation of a Flood Gauge Working Group looking at Telemetric systems; the establishment of industry-specific advisory groups with a view to progressing industry recovery issues, such as a Generator Subsidy Scheme for dairy farmers and; having Tourism NSW represented on Recovery Committees with a view to the promotion of tourism in post-natural disaster affected communities.
It was great to see so many locals support carers week from 18 to 24 October. We have all got relatives, friends or neighbours who are carers and this special week was an opportunity to tell them we care about them too.
No Rail Sale
I was pleased to join many other Coalition MPs at a mass rally outside Parliament House on 20 October to protest Labor’s plans to sell off the Casino to Murwillumbah rail land and infrastructure. It will be a lot harder and dearer to get our trains back under a Coalition Government if Labor gets away with this ridiculous proposal.
Last week in Parliament I spoke in support of local HSC students and conveyed my encouragement and best wishes to students of high schools in the Lismore Electorate, including Bonalbo, Woodenbong Central, Kyogle, Nimbin Central, Murwillumbah, Wollumbin, St John's College (Woodlawn), Trinity Catholic College, Mount St Patrick, Summerland Christian College, Richmond River and Lismore.
It is a stressful time for students facing one of the first big tests of their life. It was especially hard on Goonellabah’s Kadina High School, which is in the middle of an inquest into the suicide of a student last year.
I pay tribute to the young people who have succeeded in getting this far. I stress to them that if they do not get the results they are aiming for it is not the end of the world. As long as they know they have done their best they can set goals and get on in life if they work hard.
Rural Achiever Awards
I encourage ambitious and enthusiastic young achievers who represent all aspects of the local rural community to apply for the 2010 RAS Rural Achiever Award.
The RAS Rural Achiever Award is a statewide leadership program run by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) to recognise future leaders who are working hard to make a significant contribution to their local community and to rural Australia.
The competition entries will be accepted until Friday, 6 November 2009 – so apply online today. To enter, visit www.sydneyroyal.com.au/ruralachieveraward
The Shows must go on
Its show time on the North Coast, and by all accounts they are back in force. Kyogle, Nimbin and Lismore Shows were a huge success, considering the dry conditions prevailing at the time.
I am looking forward to attending the Murwillumbah Show on 7 November. Please do drop in and say “Hello” that the Nationals stall. Thanks to the local business community for again sponsoring free entry.