NSW Road Toll A Tragedy

Echo 11 January 01

NSW Road Toll A Tragedy

Like everyone else I have been shattered by the road toll of this holiday period. Governments together with the community need to try and further address this escalating problem. All options need to be reviewed and considered as current strategies certainly have not worked for this holiday period. The suggestions by my colleague The Hon Ian Armstrong, Member for Lachlan, that; the introduction of a bonus system rewarding those motorists with good driving records (a system which rewards drivers with extra penalty points for accident free years and those who could demonstrate that they had covered a reasonable distance with reasonable risk); an additional 5 points as well as a reduction in the cost of motor vehicle registration; then after 15 years of safe driving, drivers could accumulate a further bonus of 4 points, a further reduction in motor vehicle registration costs and third party insurance premiums; as well as some form of physical recognition such as embossed vehicle number plate or an appropriate windscreen sticker.
This maybe only one of many suggestions to be considered to combat this unacceptable carnage.

2001 Seniors Card Local Business Directory

An updated Local Business Directory which lists participating businesses and details offers, is available upon request from my office. Any person or business interested in the Scheme please do not hesitate to contact my office for further details.

Roll Over Protection Structure Rebate

As part of a rural safety campaign for regional NSW, the State Government is providing a $200 rebate to assist owners of tractors used on farms who fit a Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS) during the campaign. An application form needs to be completed with additional information. Further details are available upon request.

NRMA Wheelchair Assistance

Recently I was pleased to be advised and congratulate NRMA on its service called the Wheelchair Assistance Scheme. The service covers emergency repairs to wheelchairs such as punctures, deflated tyres, minor electrical and mechanical problems and jumpstarts of batteries in electrical chairs. However, the service is not designed to replace normal scheduled maintenance and does not include all repairs or parts supply or replacement. The service is available for ALL, regardless of whether or not you are a NRMA member. For more information contact NRMA 131 111.

Churchill Fellowships 2001

The Churchill Trust is calling for Australians aged over 18 years to apply to undertake an overseas study project which 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 28 February 2001 and further information can be obtained by contacting my office.

Public Exhibition of Draft Plantations & Reafforestation Code

The Department of Land and Water Conservation (DLWC) has released a draft code of practise under the Plantations & Reafforestation Act 1999, which is calling on public comment until 2 February 2001. For a copy of this information, please contact my office.

As the New Year begins, I would like to extend best wishes to all and I trust that you will not hesitate to contact my office for assistance.

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