The New South Wales Government has been committed to helping our electorate get back to business following Cylcone Debbie. That support continued this week with more than $170,000 granted to Lismore City Council and Kyogle Chamber of Commerce to direct tourism back to the region.
This money will be used for advertising, street signage upgrades and a new website all of which will be brought online from May.
With this funding, we can shout far and wide to enourage people to visit the beautiful towns and National Parks this region has to offer, while spending money in local eateries, on local accomodation and at local attractions along the way.
Nationally in 2017 scams cost the country nearly $91 million and it infuriates me that people target the elderly, willing to steal money from some of our most vulnerable community members.
Minster for Fair Trading Matt Keen visited the electorate this week to take part in an education workshop at RSL Life Care Goonellabah, warning residents what risks are out there and how to protect themselves.
The minister highlighted the most common scams currently targeting older Australians, some of which include dating and romance, investment and unexpected prize scams.
If you think a loved one may have been taken advantage of I urge you to contact the Department of Fair Trade of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
I know through travelling the electorate this year the rising cost of power is one thing impacting families everywhere. The NSW Government has launched a new scheme which could save people up to $200 by allowing them to swap old lightbulbs for discount energy efficient ones.
Households can expect to save up to $210 a year on their energy costs by changing 20 halogen lights while small business can expect to save up to $2300 a year by changing 50 halogen lights.
For more information go to the NSW Government’s new Power to Save website.