Northern Rivers Echo


Fee-free scholarships have been extended for young people (15-30 years) who are in, or have left, out-of-home care.

The scholarships fall under the NSW Governmentís Smart and Skilled initiative and provide people with the skills they need to find a secure career.

Fifty thousand scholarships are available each year, and the NSW Government will invest up to $1 million per year for fee-free scholarships for qualifications up to Certificate IV.

Young people can choose from more than 600 qualifications and those already enrolled in an eligible course can also apply for a fee-free scholarship.

ICE Forum

Local communities dealing with the harmful impacts of the drug ice will get support through a series of public education forums targeting high need areas across NSW.

The Ďbreaking the ice in our communitiesí forums will help build and strengthen important community partnerships by bringing together local representatives from police, health services, youth services, Family Drug Support and local non-government drug and alcohol services.

The NSW Government will partner with the Australian Drug Foundation to deliver the forums with the first two sessions to be held in Tweed Heads and Wollongong.

Last year I also produced a brochure with lots of helpful information and contacts.

Seniors Festival

The NSW Seniors Festival is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2016 the NSW Seniors Festival will run from the 1-10 April. The Premierís Gala Concerts are a highlight of the festival.

This year the Premierís Gala Concerts will temporarily be held at Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park.

Four concerts will be staged over two days:

If you or a friend are interested in attending, please contact my office on 66213624 for me to arrange free tickets.

For further information visit -

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.