Lismore Echo

Minister for Education Rob Stokes MP visited Lismore last week to visit Goonellabah & Lismore South Public Schools.

At Goonellabah the Minister saw first-hand the partnership with Southern Cross University Speech & Occupational Therapy students.

This alliance has been made possible through the Schoolís Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding, which provides resources to schools on a needs basis to address specific requirements.

Congratulations to Principal Mark Spencer for utilising his RAM in this way. This is a win-win for students who gain real practical experience and the children who receive early intervention services to help in their schooling and everyday life.

At Lismore South he gave $5,000 towards a new bush tucker garden. The School is creating a yarning circle and the garden will be a great addition to complete the area.

Congratulations to Principal Nickie Bartlett & her amazing staff on the work they have done since the flood to restore the school - the Preschool looks fantastic.

More than 2,500 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDís) will be rolled out across the state over the next four years.

I encourage local sporting clubs to take this opportunity to apply for a grant to help fund an AED - which can be the difference between life and death.

The program will fund up to 50 per cent of the defibrillator cost, along with training and maintenance support.

Applications close 20 December 2017. 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.