Northern Rivers Echo

On Monday I joined with the community in ANZAC services at Kyogle and Murwillumbah. Both services were well attended and moving tributes to servicemen and women past and present.


A new online system will streamline NSW Fitness to Drive medical assessments.

The NSW Fitness to Drive medical assessment form will now be filled-out and submitted by medical practitioners using their respective practice’s software systems to the Roads and Maritime Licence Review Unit immediately for review.


NSW social workers will be trained in techniques to trace family members of children in care to help them find a permanent home.

The Family Finding model uses a combination of techniques and technology, including social media and public records resources, to locate relatives of children in out-of-home care to find the child a permanent home with wider family members, or to receive long-term family support they otherwise would not have had.

A meaningful connection to family helps a child living in out-of-home care to develop a sense of belonging and assists them in their later adult years.

NSW is reforming the Out-Of-Home Care system so fewer children will need to enter long-term foster care. If a child cannot be restored safely to their parents, NSW then prioritises placement with other family members.

The next option is Open Adoption, where the children know their biological parents but have the security of a permanent home.


People at risk of domestic violence can find out if their current or former partner has a violent past, following the launch of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS).

The DVDS is an Australian first, and has been launched in four pilot sites within NSW - Sutherland, Oxley, Shoalhaven and St George.

The NSW Government is investing $2.3 million over the two-year pilot for expert domestic and family violence support services.

The scheme would prevent people from being kept in the dark about a partner’s violent past and give them the support to make informed decisions about their relationship.

It will also help NSW Police to manage risk for potential victims and identify potential reoffenders./p>

The scheme was developed following wide consultation with legal experts, domestic and family violence service providers as well as the NSW Police.

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