Lismore Echo

Last week I welcomed 12 medical interns to Lismore Base Hospital as part of the Rural Preferential Recruitment Pathway, which sees graduates spend the majority of their first two years’ training in a rural or regional setting.

Interns will begin their medical careers on the wards of Lismore Base Hospital, learning from experienced senior clinicians in specialties such as emergency medicine, surgery, haematology, orthopaedics, anaesthetics, paediatrics and obstetrics.

Lismore Base Hospital has been an accredited training hospital for interns since 2008.

Great news last week when Dr John McVeigh MP, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government announced that the Federal Coalition Government will match the NSW Government's $6.5m for the rail trail between Murwillumbah & Crabbes Creek.

This project offers real economic benefits, with its potential to create jobs, boost the local tourism industry and provide a valuable asset for the enjoyment of the local community.

We hope this 24km section of the Casino-Murwillumbah line will be the first stage in completing the 130km.

Community organisations can now apply for the next round of funding for local projects under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program.

Funding ranges are $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. Applications for the next round of Infrastructure Grants are open from 1 to 19 February.

For more information including details on how to apply for grants, 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.