The New Member for Lismore

Echo 20 April 99

On 8 April 1999, I was humbled to be declared the new Member for Lismore.

I wish to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the former Member, Bill Rixon, his wife Merrilyn, their family and his staff. I and the community were saddened by the unfortunate start to Bill's retirement, which was evident by the numerous calls and tributes that were extended to Bill through the Lismore Electorate Office. The respect and honour Bill, his family and staff are held in is testimony to the way he has represented the Lismore Electorate over the last 11 years.

I would like to thank Bernadette and Bronwyn for their commitment to constituents, Departments and community groups who sought advice and service during Bill's terms in Parliament. Bernadette is on maternity leave and I wish her new family well for the future.

Rhonda and I are extremely proud to be given the opportunity to represent our "home turf". I am committed to ensuring the Seat of Lismore and its industries are recognised for their value and significance to NSW.

Since being declared the Member for Lismore, I attended the first National Party Members Meeting in Sydney, where it was decided to negotiate a new agreement with the Liberal Party to; end unwanted three-cornered contests; increase numbers in Shadow Cabinet from seven to at least eight National Party MP's; and give greater control over all regional and rural issues and portfolios. This new agreement was accepted and is now in place which will enable the Nationals to continue to voice our concerns and properly represent our Electorates.

I have had the pleasure of attending my first official function, as your representative, at the launch of the Opportunistic Immunisation Policy by Michael Reid, Director-General of NSW Health on Friday 16 April at the Lismore Base Hospital, Children's Ward.

I welcome this initiative by the Northern Rivers Area Health Service, which should further encourage local families to acknowledge the responsibility of immunisation, the benefits of which far outweigh any perceived risks.

For constituent interest, the following forms are available from my office: 1999 RAHS (Royal Australian Historical Society) Local History & Archives Grants Program. Closure: 28 May 1999.
1999 NSW Landcare Awards. Closure: 15 June 1999. I am available for appointments in Lismore and during recess from Parliament, I will conduct regular interviews at Casino and Kyogle. Also at other times, I will visit towns West of the Range, Grevillia, Wiangaree and Nimbin, further details on these visits can be obtained by contacting my office.

My office will continue to be at Suite 1, AZA Complex, 114 Keen Street, Lismore, telephone 6621 3624. My staff, Karen and Bronwyn will be only too pleased to offer assistance and guidance in State matters.

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