Regional Shows

Echo 21 October 99

Whilst Parliament has been in recess, I have enjoyed the opportunity to circulate throughout the electorate. Commitments have included the presentation of a Community Service Award, attending the 2000th Rotary Lismore West Dinner, farewelling David Walters of 2LM, being present at a Northern Rivers Kidney Association meeting, officially starting the Toohey's New "Hell on Wheels Tour" a fundraising bike ride for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, farewelling Yr 12 students at Casino High School, presenting a $1,500 cheque on behalf of Minister Aquilina to the Tournament of the Minds students, attending a Dairy Farmers Association meeting and the official opening of Lifefest '99.

Regional Shows

With the North Coast show circuit really underway, I have been greatly honoured to attend the local shows. It has been a real pleasure to take part and witness the community spirit present at the Nimbin, Kyogle, and Casino shows and I congratulate the public in patronising the shows. The quality of stud cattle, produce, agricultural and craft displays being exhibited proudly by our local producers must give the North Coast National every confidence of having yet another successful exhibition.

Compensate The Farmers

I have now called on the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Richard Amery to develop a package over and above the Federal Compensation Package to NSW dairy farmers. Under deregulation dairy farmers on the North Coast and in NSW will be hardest hit come 1 July 2000. Mr Amery announced the establishment of the "Farm Deregulation Assistance Committee" which will assist to address these problems. The $2.1 million raised by the industry will be used to fund counselling services. However, dairy farmers need more than counselling, they need assistance that will help ease the burden of deregulation as it will be a further blow to regional areas and will have devastating effects on small country towns. The Nationals will continue to pursue the extra package to assist dairy farmers to stay in the industry.

Countrylink Bookings

It has come to my attention that ticketing from 1 November through Countrylink being introduce of a new booking systems could have caused a great deal of inconvenience for local and country travellers. When booking to areas further than Sydney, travel can only be arranged and booked upon arrival in Sydney. After making representations to the Minister for Transport, I have been successful in altering part of the situation, bringing to their attention the unpracticality of such changes. The Minister is still to finalise a further problem which I have highlighted.

Coleman's Bridge Upgrade

An update is available on the Coleman's Bridge Study providing information on the outcome of initial investigations and a summary of the options. A community display has been set up at the Lismore Public Library and Lismore City Council from Saturday 16 October and in addition a community forum will be held on Wednesday 27 October, at 4 to 7 pm at Lismore Workers Club.

Olympic Torchbearers

Nominations will close at 5pm on 5 November 1999 for community torchbearers to relay the Olympic torch through northern NSW on the way to the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony on 15 September 2000. Whether you are young or old, provided you can carry the 1.5kg torch for up to one kilometre you can nominate.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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