Feb 2010

The Richmond Valley Independent

Feb 2010

Kyogle Railway Centenary

I was honoured to be present at and participate in the celebrations for the Kyogle Railway Centenary. This was a great opportunity for the community to gather and commemorate what the railway brings to Kyogle. Congratulations to Malcolm Wallis and his team on organising such a successful event.

Contrasting approaches to literacy and numeracy

The Coalition has announced that in Government it will provide $250 million for a comprehensive Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan for NSW school children.

This Plan will focus on early intervention by individually targeting those students most at risk.

The centerpiece is the allocation of an extra 900 teachers for the Reading Recovery Program and expanding to include numeracy.

In contrast to this positive and constructive approach, the State and Federal Labor Governments have forged ahead with their highly misleading school leagues tables. They have done so despite the strong opposition not just of the Coalition, but also P&C Associations and teachers unions.

Labor’s school league tables not only pit school against school, they only use certain literacy and numeracy criteria which fail to give a fair assessment of a school’s overall performance.

A timely reminder: water safety for kids

Tragic drownings on our coast over the holiday period should serve to remind us how important it is to understand water safety, especially for children. Since 2000, over 300 children under five have drowned in Australia.

That is why I was pleased to join Laurie Lawrence of Kids Alive “Do the Five” to promote water safety. Laurie has just finished a comprehensive water safety DVD, this resource is for parents and caregivers of children under 5 years of age.

Free copies of the DVD are available from my Lismore electorate office.

Have your say on Water Management

Still on the subject of water, I am a member of the Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Natural Resource Management (Climate Change) Committee. We are currently conducting an inquiry into water management.

The Committee is particularly interested in how climate change will impact the availability of water resources under different climatic scenarios

We are accepting submissions from the public until 19 February 2010, and I particularly welcome ideas from Lismore electorate residents. Contact my office or e-mail the Committee direct at climate.change@parliament.nsw.gov.au.

…and on Recreational Fishing
Thousands of Lismore electorate residents enjoy the pleasure of going fishing and I encourage them to have their say in another Parliamentary Inquiry which is looking into recreational fishing.

There are over half a million recreational fishing licence holders in NSW so I encourage these residents o submit their thoughts, particularly in regards to policy and regulation, management and advisory committees who oversee the state’s waterways.

The objective is to paint a picture as to how recreational fishing impacts a community and what opportunities recreational fishing offers its residents, such as financial benefits or disadvantages.

All submissions are due by Friday 19 March and can be posted to The Director, Select Committee on Recreational Fishing, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000, or emailed to fishinginquiry@parliament.nsw.gov.au. Copies of the terms of reference are available from my office or online at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/fishinginquiry.

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