Northern Rivers Echo

Iím pleased to hear, after speaking to a few local principals this week, that the 2016 school year is off to a smooth, though busy, start. With school back, this also means school zones are again in force. Our childrenís safety is paramount to everyone in the community so Iím proud to say the NSW Government has fulfilled its promise with ALL schools in NSW now installed with flashing lights. We will now focus on the next stage of the rollout by installing additional flashing lights for about 400 schools with multiple busy entrances

I encourage school leavers or anyone interested in a career change to take advantage of 350 NSW Government scholarships for the 2016 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) program.

Applications are invited from HSC school leavers, mature age applicants or those who have already completed a Certificate III or equivalent qualification.

Applications close on February 10. Successful applicants will commence their Diploma from April 2016. The program runs for between 12 and 18 months. For more information go to:

If youíve ever had your smart phone, tablet or notebook computer stolen you will soon have a better chance of getting it back, thanks to changes to the Pawnbrokers and Second-hand Dealers Regulation.

We are living in the digital age and consumers are purchasing a range of valuable wifi devices. From 1 June this year, a licence condition for pawnbrokers accepting certain electronic goods will be to capture the MAC address and provide it to NSW Police.

I strongly urge consumers to record their MAC address, which can be easily located on the device, but also stored on a router which may be used at home or work.

To connect to a wifi network, electronic devices have an internal 12-character MAC address. This is assigned by the manufacturer, and unique to the device. The address is usually in the settings menu, but canít be erased.

More information is available at

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.