TOWN LIFE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM  September 2000

September 2000

TOWN LIFE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM  September 2000

A recent initiative aimed at fostering economic growth and job creation in towns and villages under 2,500 people might benefit communities in the Lismore electorate. Assistance for `Self help' programs, which need seed funding until they become self-sustaining, will be made available under the Town Life Development Program

Project categories for possible funding are:
Events and Tourism Development
New or significantly enhanced events such as festivals, conferences or conventions
Tourism development activities including culinary tourism activities
Development of new tourism products or services

Marketing/Promotion
Establishment of marketing co-operatives and broad based marketing plans including the development of logos
New community/business newsletters

Technology/Telecommunications
Develop skills and awareness of information technology and telecommunications

Youth Indigenous and Non English Speaking Backgrounds
Industry specific training, eg specific TAFE course
Youth forums
Investigation of artistic/cultural business opportunities

Business/Enterprise Development
assistance for new economic activity such as developing new products or services
Development and printing costs of investment prospectus
Training for local business operators
Introducing or enhancing local business awards
Assistance will be to 75% of the project cost up to $15,000 and to apply the community involved must be less than 2,500 people. The project funding is designed to benefit the broader community rather than be of specific benefit to a single enterprise.

The first round of expressions of interest will close on 13 October with a second call taking place in February 2001. Further details can be requested from my office

EMPLOYEES AS CONTRACTORS LEGISLATION

The planned date of August for the reintroduction of this legislation has been and gone. It appears that the Carr Labor Government is reconsidering its plans to have classes of independent contractors reclassified as "employees".

The Minister has indicated that he wishes to consult with the business community before bringing the legislation back.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577