Northern Rivers Echo

Two momentous sod turnings happened last week, the Wilson Street South bridge and the new helicopter base.

The NSW Government contributed $875,000 to the new bridge. This will provide a heavy vehicle route to alleviate congestion on Union St. During flood time it will also be one of the last roads open, providing a vital link for emergency services.

The new base of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter - Northern Region will be completed in time for the commencement of the joint service with Newcastle & Tamworth. It will also be the home to the superb new state of the art AW139 aircraft.

This week Iíve had two Ministers visit the electorate.

On Tuesday Brad Hazzard, Minister for Family & Community Services came to officially open the new corporate office for North Coast Community Housing, visit the Men & Family Centre and meet with Family & Community Services staff.

On Wednesday David Elliott, Minister for Emergency Services visited to inspect the flood recovery efforts around Lismore.

Following the recent floods a natural disaster declaration has been made for the Lismore & Tweed local government areas. This will mean assistance is available for councils, businesses & primary producers.

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For the second time in a number of weeks, Lismore has hosted a major baseball championship, this time the Australian Little League Baseball.

I was honoured to represent the Minister for Sport at both the opening & closing ceremonies.

Lismore certainly is stamping its place as the location for baseball in NSW.

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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