Echo 30 March 00
I have had the pleasure of attending many local functions as part of Seniors
Week. To highlight the services available for seniors in the Lismore electorate
I have made available a newly revised local Seniors Card Directory. Many people
who previously left details with Bill Rixon will automatically receive an
update. Anyone interested in being added to this list should contact my office.
Congratulations to Alva Sandor on receipt of her Premier's Individual Seniors
Award for her voluntary work and major contributions to community life.
Countrylink Travel Time Extended
I am concerned with local media reports that passengers using Countrylink
services may find their journeys taking longer from later this year. The
timetable, due to be introduced later this year, shows it will take over half an
hour longer between Sydney and Brisbane. Country passengers will be hardest hit
with people travelling from Grafton to Sydney expected to be on the train almost
an extra hour.
NSW Heritage Week Seminar
The National Archives of Aust, in conjunction with the State Records
Authority of NSW are conducting free seminars in northern NSW. These seminars
are timed to coincide with NSW Heritage Week beginning 1 April and are aimed at
raising the general level of understanding of archives in the community and
promoting the wider use of archival resources. The Richmond-Tweed Regional
Library is holding a seminar at the Lismore & District Workers Club on Wednesday
5 April 10 am to 12 noon. Further details are available from my office.
Ross Cameron's Comments Refuted
Comments by Federal Member for Parramatta, have been met with much rural
community retaliation. As soon as I heard the comments, I sent Mr Cameron a
letter expressing many of the opinions conveyed and challenged him to be more
sympathetic and understanding to our needs. Furthermore, I extended an
invitation for him to visit our area and view first hand the needs and positives
of regional NSW.
Review of Animal and Plant Health legislation
The Government is undertaking a review of its animal and Plant Health
legislation. Relevant Acts include; Plant Diseases Act 1924, Stock Diseases Act
1923, Exotic Diseases of Animals Act 1991, Apiaries Act 1985, Cattle
Compensation Act 1951 and Swine Compensation Act 1928. The review must determine
whether the powers and activities provided within the six Acts under review
create a net public benefit and whether the objectives of these Acts are being
achieved in a manner which least restricts competition. Submissions close
15/4/00 and copies of the issue paper are available upon request.
Review of Student Transport Scheme
The Legislative Assembly Public Accounts Committee is reviewing the School
Student Transport Scheme (SSTS). The Committee is concerned about the
efficiency, economy and effectiveness of the current scheme. Individuals and
organisations are invited to make written submissions to assist the inquiry
process. Closing date is 14/4/00.
A one-day suicide prevention program is being run in Lismore on Friday 12
May, from 9.30 to 3.30 pm. LifeForce is committed to working towards
significantly reducing Australia's high suicide rate by implementing strategies
that focus on prevention and intervention. Details can be obtained from my