Lismore Echo

A huge congratulations to the local Order of Australia recipients in the Australia Day honours, including Geoff Hannah, Margot Sweeny, Taz McLaren, Bruce McKenzie & Rod Kinnish. I have had a long association with each of these amazing people and this award is certainly well deserved recognition of their hard work and dedication to their fields of excellence and the local community.

Congratulations also to all the Council Australia Day award recipients and nominees.

Local children between six months and five years old are now eligible for free flu jabs this year.

The $3.5million influenza vaccination program offered by the NSW Government follows last year’s severe flu season.

Little kids are also most likely to spread the flu so a free flu jab will not only keep them safe, but will protect others they come into contact with.

Children who have never had a flu vaccination will need two doses, one month apart. The vaccine will cover four strains of influenza virus, two A strains and two B strains, likely to be circulating this winter.

Parents can access the free flu shot from their usual immunisation provider: their GP, Aboriginal Medical Service, community health centre or local council.

For more information, see

The NSW Government wants to make sure people with disability living in supported group accommodation have similar rights and protections as private rental tenants and boarding house residents and for these rights to be guaranteed by statute.

To find out more about the proposed increase to the rights and protections go to

Submissions close 2 March 2018.

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.