23 September 2011

The NSW Government will advertise this weekend for the position of NSW Cross Border Commissioner, a new advocate for border communities around the State.

An advertisement will appear in The Australian and The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 24 September.

Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said the appointment of a new Cross Border Commissioner is in direct response to concerns raised by Members of Parliament representing NSW border regions.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals have long championed the concerns of border communities and we are acting on this in Government,” Mr Stoner said.

“Whether in Tweed or Tenterfield, Berrigan or Bombala, the Cross Border Commissioner will work closely with border communities and stakeholders to strengthen cross border arrangements and improve services affected by a community’s border location.

“Every day those living in communities bordering other States face unfair tax anomalies, disparities in living costs, and unnecessary red tape in transport, health and education.

“The whole State has a stake in ensuring these communities are treated fairly and given a clear and effective chance to voice the issues that affect them.

Nationals Member for Thomas George said the new Cross Border Commissioner will help to ensure a fair go for Lismore electorate on a number of border related issues.

“Border communities like the Far North Coast face unique and often complex issues that have been left to fall through the cracks until now,” Mr George said.

“The new Cross Border Commissioner will play an important role in strengthening cross border arrangements and improving services in this region.

“The Commissioner will also offer people living and working in border communities a dedicated advocate for local border issues.

“I will be seeking to meet with the new Cross Border Commissioner at the earliest opportunity to raise issues of local concern.”

The new Cross Border Commissioner will be appointed initially for a two-year term and will:

The role will be hosted within the NSW Department of Trade and Investment and will work closely with border communities and stakeholders.

The Commissioner will provide specialist advice to the Deputy Premier, the NSW Government and the Director General of the Department.

Full details of the role will be advertised this weekend in State and National newspapers, and online at

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.