Lismore Echo

Last week Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell MLC visited Lismore to announce capital works funding for Goonellabah ($267,000) & Lismore ($550,000) Preschools.

This funding will enable both services to expand the buildings to provide more space which will in turn increase the number of places available for local children.

Proposed changes to planning rules will make it simpler for rural and primary production industries in regional NSW, helping farmers to get on with their jobs.

Consultation is due to start on the proposal which will look to combine five primary production and rural development planning policies into one.

I encourage interested stakeholders to review the proposal and submit their comments for consideration.

The changes will mean approvals are not needed for essential small scale, low impact activities like temporary housing or feeding of animals, routine maintenance of irrigation infrastructure, and stock containment facilities. The changes will also support feral goat depots.

The proposed policy changes are now on public exhibition until 18 December & can be viewed at

The NSW Government has launched a one-stop volunteering recruitment website.

The NSW Volunteering website will make volunteering accessible by linking volunteer-seekers with volunteer organisations and opportunities.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community. The more people who volunteer locally, the stronger we are together as a community.

I encourage everyone to explore volunteering options by registering on the free and easy to use website.

In NSW there are more than 2.1 million people who volunteer, contributing 240 million hours of their time, worth around $5 billion a year.

To find out more about a local volunteering opportunity or to post a vacancy 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.