Northern Rivers Echo

Applications for funding through the 2016 Community Building Partnership program are now open.

The NSW Government is again committing funds to new infrastructure-based projects that meet a need in the local community.

These grants are open to local councils and incorporated not-for-profits such as charities, sporting, social and environmental groups that are looking to build or refurbish essential facilities for their community.

Grant applications must have a minimum value of $2,500 to be eligible for funding under the program.

If your organisation needs funding for the building, refurbishment or enhancement of facilities that deliver positive social, recreational, inclusive and environmental outcomes for the community, I encourage you to apply.

Applications close 5pm Friday 22 July 2016. For information on who can apply, what projects are eligible for funding and how to apply, please visit www.communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au.


Last week Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and I committed an additional $24 million to complete the upgrade of Mount Lindesay Road.

This funding will realign, construct and renew the final section of the 42 kilometre Mt Lindesay Road upgrade between Legume and Woodenbong.

This road is a vital link for the increasing number of local traffic, industry and tourists who use this road as the connector from South East QLD down to the Northern Rivers.


NSW citizens can renew their driver’s licences at the click of a button, with the launch of online licence renewals through the Service NSW web and mobile sites.

Renewing your licence in person at a Service NSW store is already quick and easy – now hundreds of thousands of people will also have the option of renewing their licences at the click of a button, when and where it suits them.

Previously all NSW drivers’ licences had to be renewed in person. Under the new service, eligible customers will be able to renew their licence online for up to 5 years using their existing photo, by logging on to the Service NSW web or mobile sites.

The new licence will be issued by post within 10 business days, with customers required to print an interim licence for use in the meantime.

An eligible driver renewing their licence online may only need to visit a Service NSW centre as often as once every 10 years to update their photo or sit an eye test.

To ensure security and safety on our roads, online renewal will not be available for some licences, for example if a medical assessment is required or if the licence is restricted. Fees will remain the same whether customers renew online or at a Service NSW centre.

For more information about online licence renewals, including eligibility criteria, visit www.service.nsw.gov.au or 13 77 88.

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