As winter sports get underway itís exciting to see the NSW Government supporting sixteen local sporting sharing $50 thousand dollars in funding.
The Richmond River Riders, Lismore Rugby Club, Lismore Croquet Club and Northern Rivers Kart Club are just some of the organisations who will benefit, able to purchase new equipment and subsidies player registrations thanks to the NSW Governmentís Local Sport Grant Program.
Lismore is fast becoming a regional sporting hub and this investment gives individual clubs the opportunity to be part of that by improving facilities
These successful groups join more than 800 from across the state, working to improve the health, social and economic outcomes for their communities.
I encourage eligible clubs to apply for the next round of funding.
Tragically this year there have been more than one hundred people lose their lives on NSW roads. With many of these accidents on busy motorways I welcome the governmentís decision to introduce a new road rule requiring motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing emergency service workers and volunteers attending to road incidents.
The new rule will begin as a 12 month trial from 1 September 2018 following a comprehensive public education campaign. It will require motorists to slow down to 40km/hr when an emergency vehicle is stopped and has its red or blue lights flashing on all roads.
The NSW Government will monitor the safety and traffic impacts of the rule over the 12-month period in consultation with NSW Police, emergency service organisations as well as stakeholder groups.
I think it is fair to say our volunteers are the heart that keeps our communities going. As part of this yearís NSW Seniors Festival I was given the privilege of presenting Local Achievement Awards to five inspiring residents including Dianne Miller, Louise Lancett, Thomas, Maureen Murray, Don Whitelaw and Veronica McDonald
These people go above and beyond to make our region an invigorating and happy place to live. Without their dedication to organisations like Lismore Base United Hospital Auxiliary, CWA and Relay for Life many charities would go without vital resources.
Seniors Festival runs during April and encourages people be active, social and healthy. The festival provides seniors with the opportunity to get involved in their communities and enjoy all the benefits that come from that participation.