Lismore Echo

This week I had the honour of re-opening the Australian Rainforest Products lemon myrtle factory at The Channon. In July 2016 the factory was destroyed by fire. Congratulations to CEO Darren McCoy and his executive team and all the staff on their hard work and dedication to rebuild the factory and continue to grow the business. The Lismore area can be proud to know the world’s largest of suppliers of lemon myrtle comes from our own backyard.

I encourage people across the region to nominate an exceptional carer or employer for a NSW Carers Award.

The NSW Carers Awards aim to recognise and raise awareness of the valuable contribution unpaid carers make to the people they care for and the wider community.

The 2017 NSW Carers Awards will coincide with Carers Week, which runs from 15 - 21 October 2017. To nominate a carer go to Entries close on 31 August 2017.

Local communities across the state are set to benefit from changes to the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants making it easier to apply, with $12.5 million in funding each year for projects across arts and culture, emergency preparedness and sport and recreation.

The new funding guidelines will mean the NSW Government can fund a wider range of projects. A simpler application process will cut red tape and allow for faster assessment. Instead of one round of funding a year with grants of up to $1 million, there will now be four rounds. Grants will be between $50,000 to $200,000 for arts and culture, $10,000 to $200,000 for emergency preparedness, and $100,000 to $300,000 for sport and recreation.

Experts in the fields of sport and recreation, arts and culture, and emergency preparedness will assess applications.

Applications open on 1 August, for more information, 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.