Northern Rivers Echo

I was pleased with last week’s record NSW Budget. The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has shown financial discipline and economic competence to turn this state around from the days of Labor, making possible a Budget that will make a positive difference to the lives of all people in NSW.

The 2016-17 Budget has reported a surplus of $3.4 billion in 2015-16. The Budget forecasts an even higher surplus of $3.7 billion in 2016-17 and surpluses across the forward estimates. The State’s triple-A credit rating has been reaffirmed by both ratings agencies.

This Budget continues our commitment to Lismore Base Hospital Stages 3a & 3b, with over $75 million this financial year to continue the redevelopment and upgrades which will make a huge difference to the lives of staff, patients and their families. Funding has also been delivered for the commencement of the new Bonalbo MPS.

In addition to health, the following funding has been provided –

All these allocations are on top of the $26 million CSG buyback earlier this financial year and $24 million commitment last week from the State & Federal Government’s for the completion of the Woodenbong-Legume Road upgrade.

Hidden Treasures is an annual initiative of the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Rural Women’s Network (RWN) to recognise the outstanding efforts of rural women volunteers in NSW and to promote the valuable role of volunteering to the community.

This important tribute captures inspirational stories, documenting and celebrating the unpaid work of rural women who are ensuring the viability of so many important and crucial community groups and charities such as emergency services, the arts, environment, social justice, education and sporting organisations, and so many others within rural and regional communities.

Nominations for this year’s Honour Roll will close on Monday 1 August 2016 and can be completed online at:

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.