Northern Rivers Echo
Over the past week Lismore has reinforced its position as the centre of the Northern Rivers. His Excellency the Hon David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley toured the Northern Rivers Conservatorium and were treated to a concert by local musicians, FNC Baseball hosted the Australian Senior League Baseball Championships, the Northern NSW Hack Championship at the showgrounds had horses compete from as far away as Victoria, the NSW Country Junior Rugby Union Championships were on at Oakes Oval, Crozier Field & Heaps Field, the Marie Mackney Representative Netball Carnival tried out the newly resurfaced courts and Southern Cross University Graduation Ceremonies with graduates and families from overseas & Australia wide.
This week The Hon Mark Speakman MP, Minister for the Environment & Heritage came to the electorate. We visited Murwillumbah High & Nimbin Central Schools to see projects they have undertaken with grants from the NSW Environmental Trust.
We also announced $700,000 for local projects under the NSW Governmentís Restoration & Rehabilitation grant.
- $100,000 for Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group to rehabilitate critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest;
- $200,000 for Lismore City Council & Lismore Friends of the Koala to help create refuges and re-establish corridors to allow them to move about more freely and safely;
- $100,000 for ENviTE to restore Fleayís Barred frog habitat in Nightcap National Park;
- $100,000 for Tweed Shire Council to improve Rous river water quality;
- $100,000 for Nimbin Rocks Cooperative Landcare Group to restore Lowland Rainforest and six other sites in Nimbin; and
- $99,800 for Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium to restore the Toonumbar valley.
It is now easier for students and parents to apply for the School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS), with applications moving online.
A new online application form for bus customers and a secure online portal for operators is now available, making the process more convenient and informative for parents, students and bus operators.
The SSTS provides subsidised travel for eligible school students.
All new SSTS applications will be submitted to Transport for NSW via the online application form which will replace the existing blue Application Form for Subsidised Travel and Update of Student Details.
Information about the School Student Transport Scheme and how to apply for subsidised school travel can be found www.transportnsw.info/school-students.
Applicants who donít have access to the internet can seek assistance by calling 131 500.