Anzac Day ceremonies

Echo 4 May 99

I had the pleasure, as your representative, of attending the Anzac Day ceremonies and was humbled to be part of this important day of remembrance. It is indeed one of the most significant days on our calendar where we honour men and women who served for their country.

My active involvement in agricultural issues has been recognised with my recent appointment as Chairman of the Shadow Agricultural Advisory Committee. This committee will be the "eyes and ears" for rural NSW. Committee members will assist the Shadow Minister for Agriculture in facilitating his portfolio. I welcome any contribution which will assist me in representing the Agricultural industries within our region.

At present, the most important rural issue facing the Electorate is the designating of control zones for Johne's Disease, which will take in the Casino and Lismore-Tweed Rural Lands Protection Board areas. The Department of Agriculture addressed a meeting last week in Casino. The meeting left me in no doubt of their feelings against the control zones and I will continue to work with the producer organisations to resolve this issue.

May I congratulate Lionel Phelps, Chancellor, his associates and staff at Southern Cross University and the graduates on their achievements recognised on Saturday at the inspiring graduation ceremony. Rhonda and I had the honour of attending and we look forward to the forthcoming final graduation ceremony this Saturday.

1999 is being celebrated as International Year of Older Persons (IYOP). "A society for all ages" is the theme for New South Wales. It is a chance for the whole community to plan for an ageing population and to give the contributions made by older people, past, present and future the highest possible recognition. On 21 July 1999, to mark IYOP, 30 people aged 60 years and over are to be presented with the prestigious Premier's Seniors Achievement Award. Guidelines, nomination forms and further details can be obtained by contacting my office.

I am now into my fourth week as a Member of Parliament and the Induction Ceremony will be held at Parliament House, in Sydney, on 11 May 1999. My family will be present to witness a very honourable moment in my life.

Whilst Parliament is sitting, I will continue to be available so please don't hesitate to contact my office; Telephone 6621 3624 or facsimile 6622 1403.

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