State Budget 1 July 1999

Echo 1 July 99

State Budget
1 July 1999

My first State Budget as your representative was both pleasing and disappointing. I welcomed the confirmation of funding for the Lismore Drug and Alcohol Detoxification facility, yet it was particularly disappointing to realise promises made by Minister's, who visited the Lismore Electorate prior to the election, will not be honoured.

Bovine Johne's Disease

Last week the Minister announced the introduction of Bovine Johne's Disease (BJD) zoning will commence on 1 August 1999. I believe the Minister is now examining funding proposals to assist cattle producers whose stock are affected by BJD.

This issue is particularly important in regard to assisting our area that will be initially classified as Control Zones due to their known higher incidence of BJD. Lismore-Tweed and Casino Rural Lands Protection Boards are keen to rapidly move to Protected status. To achieve this the Boards will be required to undertake further surveillance and testing.

The Department will also be committed to providing technical assistance to these regions in moving to Protected status.

Poultry Industry

Recently, I met with a deputation from the Meat Poultry Industry where Dr Joanne Sillince (NSW Farmers) outlined their concerns. They sought the support of the National Party on the following; continuation of guidelines beyond expiry date until they are properly reviewed strengthening of legislation - the ability to bargain collectively and have access to accurate market data regulation of industry to ensure Biological Security and Food Safety Protection of supply for those highly efficient farms with very high debt.

Parliament

Tuesday this week, I was humbled in addressing the Parliament during my Inaugural Speech. Whilst it was an anxious moment, I was extremely proud to have family and friends present.

1999/2000 Women's Grants Program

This program aims to assist women with limited access to social and economic resources. Grant information packages are available by contacting my office.

1999 National CommunityLink Awards

These Awards aim to recognise, encourage and reward local volunteer groups for the excellent work they do to make all of our communities better places to live. Deadline is 20 August `99.

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