Lismore Fun Festival
Echo 17 June 99
Lismore Fun Festival
Congratulations to the organisers, participants and businesses involved in the
Lismore Fun Festival, for the successful inaugural event which has the potential
to develop into an annual community celebration.
I am looking forward to attending this years Primex Exhibition `99 which will be
officially opened by The Hon. John Anderson, Minister for Transport and Regional
Services. I would like to thank the Federal Member for Page, Ian Causley and his
staff, for coordinating the visit by Mr Anderson. Primex `99 is expected to draw
more than 40,000 which will benefit the Northern Rivers area, covering every
aspect of primary industry throughout Australia.
Recent publicity by the Carr Government that the "average" person in NSW, will
benefit from a $100 saving on Third Party Compulsory Greenslips is misleading. A
local resident recently requested a pensioner quotation and was told the premium
would rise from $325 to $412 - a 27% increase. The Motor Accidents Authority
supported statistics that indicated pensioners, between 30 and 59 were more
likely to claim on their CTP insurance. Competition is important, but not at the
expense of the disadvantaged. I urge everyone to check their individual
situation as not everybody falls under the Government's category of "AVERAGE".
Septic Tank Amendment Legislation
In the face of community and council outrage the Carr Government has not
negotiated on its plan to levy septic tank owners with registration and
inspection fees from July 1. The Coalition was previously successful in delaying
this outrageous legislation, however the Government has refused to back down.
The Hon. Mr Duncan Gay, Shadow Minister for Local Government, is determined to
meet with the Minister in a final attempt to call on the Government to go back
to the drawing board.
Area Assistance Scheme
Councils, community groups and constituents have all conveyed their strong
concern regarding the future of the Area Assistance Scheme. This essential
Scheme commenced in 1991 and has provided, assisted and established many
worthwhile projects, many creating sound employment. I would like to assure the
Lismore Electorate that I am committed to objecting to any cutbacks or the
transfer of authority of this Scheme. During the last sitting of Parliament, I
asked a Question Without Notice to the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning,
who assured all members of the Legislative Assembly that the Area Assistance
Scheme will not be abolished. In the forthcoming State Budget, I will be eagerly
awaiting the announcement of funding allocations not only to the Area Assistance
Scheme, but also promises made prior to the election by Labor for this
Multi Purpose Service Facilities
I have received community interest following the Minister's recent announcement
of the establishment of a Ministerial Advisory Committee, being chaired by The
Rt Hon Ian Sinclair. An invitation has been extended to this Committee to visit
the Lismore Electorate and discuss proposals for the establishment of Multi
Purpose Service Facilities at both Nimbin and Kyogle.