$71,500 under Area Assistance Scheme

Echo 12 June 01

$71,500 under Area Assistance Scheme

Successful organisations included; $15,000 to Kyogle Home and Community Care to establish an office, develop and implement a training program for volunteers to help terminally ill people and their families. $34,000 to Nimbin Community Development Association to employ a coordinator to support management, development and administration of the Nimbin Community Centre including assistance and support to the many tenant groups. $3,500 to Lismore Neighbourhood Centre to translate brochures and information used by the Lismore & District Financial Counselling Service into a range of languages (including Tagalog and Mandarin). $5,000 to Rosebank Community to conduct environmental/educational learning project to unite the rurally isolated village children of the North East Lismore region. $8,000 to Mens' Resource Centre to conduct a training course for health, welfare or community workers in the Richmond catchment who work with individuals and communities to end violent and abusive behaviour. $6,000 to Bentley Community Preschool to build a perimeter fence around the playground at Bentley Hall. The aim of the AAS is to build the capacity of the community and local councils to deal with the challenges of change.

Drugs Arrest Powers

The NSW Legislative Assembly last week passed legislation to give police tough new powers of arrest in the fight against drugs. The new laws are designed to help police arrest people involved with the operation of drug houses. Police will also have the power to detain anyone suspected of swallowing or concealing drugs before consulting a medical practitioner.

Shooting Crime

Genuine licensed firearms owners, sporting shooters and farmers have been angry for a long time that incidents and crimes involving firearms reflect upon them. The blow-out of crimes involving unlicensed hooligans and criminals using illegally acquired, unregistered firearms is a signal to the Government that there is far too much focus on licensed shooters and insufficient focus on the black market. Legislation was passed last week in Parliament giving police extra powers to pursue the black market in firearms. Penalties were significantly increased in line with calls over the years to do so. This is a welcome step. It is hoped that the Carr Government assigns greater resources in funds and policing to investigate and solve these crimes and to combat the illegal trade in firearms, particularly hand guns.

Community Waste Reduction Grant Program

NSW Government is offering grants of up to $100,000 to individuals and organisations with new and exciting ways to reduce waste in NSW. A total of $1 million is available in Round 5. Funding is available for projects that: avoid waste being produced by people at work or in the community; encourage the re-use of goods; encourage the purchase of recycled and reused products or incorporate recycled and/or reprocessed content in products. Please contact my office for grant guidelines and a project concept form, or visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/grantsindex.htm or 131 555.

Reminder - Capital Assistance Program

The 2001/2002 funding round has opened and I encourage local sporting organisations to make application for these grants. The program provides assistance with the development of local community sport and recreational facilities throughout NSW. All applications need to be submitted to the Lismore Regional Office of the Department of Sport and Recreation before 25 July 2001. Application forms and guidance notes are available upon request.

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