Northern Rivers Echo

Tomorrow I will have the honour of standing alongside the Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Health Jillian Skinner as Stage 3a of the Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment is officially opened.

The Nationals listened to the community and we have delivered a new world-class Emergency Department. It contains a new medical unit, fast-track care clinic, and an expanded medical imaging service to make sure you get the medical treatment you deserve, when you need it most.

The completion of the new a state-of-the-art 270 space cark park opposite the hospital is also making it safer and easier to access the hospital precinct.

Our additional $180 million election commitment means the next stage is already underway and will contain a new maternity unit, new paediatric unit and a new and expanded operating suite including nine operating theatres.

It has been my privilege to work with the community over many years to achieve this magnificent outcome.

Community grants are now being offered for projects to reduce drowning and improve water safety in NSW.

The Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program provides $4.5 million over three years to not-for-profit and community groups with experience delivering water safety initiatives.

Grants from $50,000 to $250,000 are available for projects starting in 2017, such as targeted education campaigns, signage and safety aids, and research.

To be eligible, proposals should address priority areas under the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2016-2020, particularly high risk locations and key causes of drowning.

Applications close on 2 December and successful applicants will be notified early next year. To apply or for more information, go to:

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.