Review of Firearms Act

Echo 15 July 99

I am pleased to be back in the electorate now that NSW Parliament is in recess. I am looking forward to attending various functions and being available to meet with constituents. Last week I enjoyed the opportunity to attend the signing ceremony to commemorate the establishment of the joint appointment between St. Vincent's Hospital and the Southern Cross University. This formalisation of the historical agreement resulted in Dr John Stevens academic becoming the first joint appointment in Nursing and Health Care Practices in a private rural hospital in Australia.

Review of Firearms Act

The aim of the review is to determine whether policy objectives of the 1996 Firearms Act remains valid, and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives. Interested parties are being asked to make written submissions on the Act particularly on its practical implications. Closing date is 30 October 1999.

Healthy Rivers Commission

A copy of the Draft Report by the Commission's Independent Inquiry into the Clarence River System is available for viewing at my office. A public briefing session on the draft recommendations will be held at various locations including Old Bonalbo on Wednesday 28 July at the Hall 1 to 3pm. The Commission welcomes comments by to Monday 30 August 1999.

Historical Speech

Following the presentation of my inaugural speech in State Parliament on 29 June, I was honoured to learn that providing there are no by-elections held before the end of the year, I will have made the last inaugural speech in the NSW Parliament this century.

Tim Hands Hat To Anderson

I have written on behalf of the Lismore electorate to pay tribute to Tim Fischer following his resignation recently as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade. Tim will always be remembered with great respect for his dedication and outstanding loyalty in serving Australia, the Party and his constituents. Congratulations have been extended to John Anderson, Member for Gwydir on his new appointment as Leader and Deputy Prime Minister. Locally, we had the privilege of demonstrating to John Anderson the value and significance of this region when he officiated the opening of Primex `99. Also, on your behalf I have extended well wishes to Mark Vaile, Larry Anthony and Warren Truss for their new positions in the Ministry.

Young Australian of the Year Awards

These awards endeavour to honour local young people for their outstanding contributions with their local communities in seven categories. Application forms and the 2000 awards booklet can be acquired from my office. Nominations close 31 August 1999.

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