Northern Rivers Echo

Reporting illegal dumping

The RIDonline website ( lets you report the types of waste being dumped and its GPS location. Photos of the waste can also be added to the report.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA), councils and Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) squads will use this information to investigate and, if appropriate, issue a fine or clean-up notice.

Penalties for illegal dumping can be up to $15,000 and potential jail time for anybody caught illegally dumping within five years of a prior illegal dumping conviction.

This is the first time RIDonline has been opened to the public. Since September last year, the EPA, councils, RID squads and public land managers have used it to report more than 20,000 tonnes of illegally dumped waste across more than 70 local government areas.

Medical cannabis trial

I welcome the NSW Government’s announcement of the third medicinal cannabis clinical trial, which will involve patients suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

The research team will work with patients who have not responded well to traditional anti-nausea and vomiting treatments.

The NSW Government is showing incredible progress on medicinal cannabis research to provide relief to those suffering from a range of serious illnesses.

The third clinical trial will play a critical role in helping us better understand what role medical cannabis can play in providing relief to patients undergoing chemotherapy.

People over the age of 18 receiving chemotherapy for cancer who have experienced significant symptoms during their first cycle of treatment will be invited to participate in the trial which will use an oral cannabis-derived pharmaceutical product.

This is in addition to our other recent announcements including trials for the terminally ill and children suffering from epilepsy.

For public enquiries about the trial, please call 1800 217 257

New cycling safety laws

From this week new safety measures include:

The new laws also include increased penalties for bicycle riders to prevent them from dangerous behaviour such as running a red light. From 2017 bicycle riders will be required to produce photo identification when stopped by police who suspect they have committed an offence.

Pacific Highway signage

I have recently spoken with Lismore City Council and met with RMS regarding signage on the new Pacific Highway. Discussions are continuing as to the best location and directions to provide for tourists to ensure they can easily access Lismore & the surrounding villages and hinterland.

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.