Happy New Year

Echo 6 January 00

Happy New Year

I would like to congratulate everyone for the spirit in which New Year Eve celebrations were conducted. Many people from all walks of life and communities joined together harmoniously to see in the year 2000. I am sure this year will hold many challenges and opportunities for each of us and I look forward to assisting the people of my electorate in any way that I can.

Exchange Packages

I am pleased to provide local students chosen as ambassadors for our region with an exchange student package to use during their endeavours overseas. Packages comprise of flags, informative tourism fact sheets, postcards, picturesque NSW booklet, tourism statistics and map. An informal letter is required to process this request and please do not hesitate to contact my office for further details.

NPWS Regional Advisory Committee

An opportunity exists for community members to become involved in the management of reserves in the Northern Rivers Area. Voluntary membership is for a term of 4 years, with the Committee meeting every two months. Nominations are being sought and interested persons should contact Lisa Walker on 6627 0209. Applications close 17 January 2000.

Casino Resident Sees Three Centuries

I was honoured to attend the 104th birthday celebrations of a special Casino resident and my former teacher, Sr Germaine Ruhl on 28 December 1999. A couple of days later Sr Germaine was amongst the elite few who had lived through three centuries. Born in 1895, Sr Germaine has seen many changes through the 1900's and now the advancement into the new millennium. Congratulations to Sr Germaine.

Paralympics

NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, The Hon John Watkins has been appointed as 'attache' to the Australian Team for the Sydney 2000 Paralympics Games. Minister Watkins will provide an integral link between the team, the Government, sponsors and the corporate community.

Churchill Fellowships 2001

The Churchill Trust is calling for Australians over 18 to apply to undertake an overseas study project that will enhance their usefulness to the Australian Community. No prescribed qualifications are required, merit being the primary test based on past achievements or demonstrated ability for future achievement. Closing date is 29 February 2000 and further information can be obtained by contacting my office.

New Year Resolution

I have clearly defined my Year 2000 resolution, to continue to vigorously pursue the Carr Government for funding for the Lismore electorate's health and road systems. I will continue to lobby the Minister for Health and the Minister for Roads to allocate much needed funding. The Lismore electorate desperately needs extra funds for these two vital systems. It is imperative that an allocation be made in the very near future to remedy the current unacceptable situation.

Best wishes to everyone for a very prosperous 2000 and please do not hesitate to contact me at the office on 6621 3624.

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