Northern Rivers Echo

The draft container deposit scheme (CDS) regulation has been released for public comment, this is a key milestone for the scheme which will commence in 2017.

The draft regulation covers topics such as:

The draft regulation is available for comment at until 5pm, 23 December 2016.

Agricultural Natural Disaster Relief for primary producers within parts of the Ballina & Lismore Local Government Areas, which were affected by a severe weather event in August this year.

Primary producers within the following areas (Parishes) can access the Agricultural Natural Disaster Relief Assistance:

The loans, at 1.16 per cent interest per annum, come with a two-year interest and repayment free period.

Affected primary producers should contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) for eligibility criteria on 1800 678 593 or visit

I encourage local seniors to pick up a free copy of a 2017 diary to help them navigate legal issues that arise in the year.

Each year, Legal Aid NSW produces a Legal Topics for Older Persons Diary packed with essential information for seniors about their rights and responsibilities.

It explains everything from reverse mortgages to what gifts seniors can give without affecting their pension, and what they can do if adult children donít want to leave home.

Attorney General Gabrielle Upton said the diary will help older people stay safe and knowledgeable in an ever-changing world.

The 2017 Legal Topics for Older Persons Diary is available from December 1 and can be attained from Legal Aid NSW offices, local libraries and some community organisations. To order the diary online, visit:

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.