Health Matters

Echo 23 September 99

Health Matters

The rally at Lismore Base Hospital last Friday certainly reflected community concerns in relation to foreshadowed cutbacks in the Northern Rivers Area Health Service (NRAHS). This argument is above politics, above associations and above hospitals, it is about getting our fair share of funding. Using the governments own formula we have been allocated $184m, however we are entitled to $200m which highlights a $16m deficit. This $16m would cover all the problems with cutbacks currently being faced by the community and I will be working with the NRAHS to achieve the funds this area deserves.

Masters Games '99

Last weekend saw the largest contingent of mature-aged sports people from all over NSW and Queensland for the first ever Masters Games to be held on the NSW Far North Coast. 1540 participants competed in 16 sports aged from 30 to 80 years. This community event came to fruition with the support of Lismore City Council and the help of local organisers, volunteers and community spirit combined with the love of sport. Congratulations to competitors who participated and enjoyed the opportunity to meet and socialise with visitors from other towns. Whilst I travelled around to the various fields, it was evident the hospitality between mature-aged participants competing in their chosen sport. The organisers, volunteers and competitors savoured their efforts in a fun filled weekend of sport.

Festival of Flowers & Music

Whilst I was away at Parliament, my wife Rhonda had the pleasure of attending the magnificent Festival of Flowers and Music which was patronised by many community members wishing to relish in the beauty of the floral arrangements and talented displays. Rhonda was honoured to attend such a renowned event and the success of the exhibition was a tribute to the hard work of the organisers and volunteers supporting the Friends of St Vincents Hospital.

The New HSC

Another concern that many parents have been writing to me about has been the implementation of the new HSC. This week at Parliament, Education Minister, John Aquilina admitted in Budget Estimates Committee that schools will have to pay for the new HSC text books out of their own budgets. With Mr Aquilina asserting that schools have finances to easily afford the books. I assured the Minister that local schools in this electorate do not have the funds. Change is always difficult and I believe most parents are not totally opposed the new HSC, just the way in which the changes are being rushed and implemented without sufficient planning and funding. I have conveyed these views to the Minister for his attention.

Guide To Development Planning Brochure

Available from my office is an updated version of this brochure, which has been amended to refer to the Protection of the Environment Operations Act.

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