Northern Rivers Echo
I was thrilled last Thursday to see the new Emergency Department at Lismore Base Hospital open to the public. This is just the beginning of Stage 3a being completed and providing public access to this wonderful new building. It has been a long campaign by the community to bring these high class facilities to the Northern Rivers. The hospital redevelopment has been the biggest infrastructure project Lismore has seen, in size and cost, and will continue for another four years.
I was pleased to recently announce funding to install school zone flashing lights where schools have multiple busy entrances, and have higher road safety risks.
This will see four additional sets of flashing lights installed to improve road safety for children travelling to and from school at St Carthage’s Primary School/Trinity Catholic College, Rivers Secondary College, Lismore High Campus, Rivers Secondary College, Richmond River Campus and Eltham Public School.
This will build on the NSW Government’s initial rollout which ensured all eligible schools across NSW had at least one set of flashing lights.
The new locations for school zone flashing lights were selected by a risk assessment model which takes into account a number of factors including approach speed, pedestrian numbers, traffic volumes, and heavy vehicle traffic volumes.Flashing lights are funded through the Community Road Safety Fund, where all speed and red light camera fines go directly towards vital road safety programs.
Poppies will now be able to be legally grown in NSW following the passage of the Poppy Industry Bill 2016 through NSW Parliament.
The Bill enables alkaloid poppies to be safely and securely grown in NSW and supports the production of medicines that are vitally important for the quality of life of many people in NSW.
Alkaloid poppy production will be highly regulated at state, national and international levels, with licence conditions and guidelines providing clear and rigorous requirements for the industry.
The first alkaloid poppy crops are expected to be planted in 2017, with poppy processors and contracted growers able to be able to apply to the Department of Primary Industries for a licence.