Lismore Echo

The State Budget this week included crucial support for young families with additional funding for community preschools and long day care services.

The Budget 2017-18 includes an additional $217 million for the hugely successful Start Strong reforms. This investment is additional to the initial $115 million Start Strong commitment, delivering an historic investment in early childhood.

Since the launch of Start Strong in January this year, more than half of all community preschools in NSW have changed their business model in response to the new funding program.

Become a 2017 Anzac Ambassador!

Young people from across NSW have the opportunity to visit historic Anzac sites and battlefields in Europe and the Mediterranean.

To enter, students will be required to write a 1000 word essay on: Why is the Centenary of Anzac important for modern Australia and what lessons are learned from the Battle of Beersheba in 1917?

The program is open to students in Year 10 and 11 across NSW and scholarship winners will travel to commemorative sites at Lemnos in Greece and Beersheba in Israel as part of a 13-day tour.

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The process through which community views are considered during liquor licence applications is being reviewed for the first time in nine years. Members of the community and other stakeholders can now have their say directly to Government on the way community views are presented in liquor licence proposals.

Its important that those potentially affected by liquor licences have input into the assessment process, whether they be residents, councils, police or others. But its also important that pubs, bars and other venues can continue to provide options for people who want to socialise and enjoy themselves.

After considering all feedback, a report will be prepared for consideration by the NSW Government and made public.

Submissions close on Wednesday 26 July. To find out more about the review, including details on how to make a submission, 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.