PRISON BUILD DELIVERS BUSINESS BOOM IN LISMORE
Member for Lismore Thomas George and Minister for Corrections David Elliott today visited a Lismore plumbing business to congratulate the owners on winning a contract worth about $20 million for the New Grafton Correctional Centre.
Laser Plumbing and Electrical Lismore, spearheaded a bid to supply temporary plumbing and electrical work at the new 1700-prison on the NSW Mid North Coast.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government has a strong record of delivering jobs and investment in regional NSW. We are committed to putting local businesses first to ensure the benefits stay with the community,” Mr Elliott said.
Laser Plumbing and Electrical Lismore will deliver the work in partnership with some of the Clarence Valley’s key businesses, including, Valley Earthworks, Tradelink Grafton, Clarence Valley Earthmoving Quarry Supply and Laser Electrical Coffs Harbour.
Laser Lismore is investigating a local workforce, including indigenous and female placements, as part of the participation criteria for the project.
Mr Elliott, as Minister for Veterans Affairs, and Mr George took soil samples from the Lismore Memorial Baths and the Bonalbo District Memorial Hall, to be displayed as part of a moving artwork in the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.
“A century on, we honour soldiers from the Lismore area by taking a sample of soil and placing it in the Hall of Service at the refurbished Anzac Memorial so that their service can continue to be honoured for generations to come,” Mr Elliott said.
Mr George said, “Today we acknowledge Lismore’s important contribution to Australia’s proud Anzac legacy. Lismore contributed many of its sons to the war effort and this contribution will be recognised in the collection of soil in Lismore and Bonalbo.”
Mr Elliott and Mr George also provided a $2,500 grant to the City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch office, which suffered significant damage during the March floods. They also inspected painting work on the Bonalbo District Memorial Hall, carried out with the assistance of a NSW Government grant.