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
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
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
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.