The Week That Was

Echo 20 September 01

The Week That Was

Our local community shares the United States' sense of outrage and grief for the loss of life in last week's terrorist attacks. As in other nations, many people have been affected by the attacks and we all share a deep sorrow for those who have suffered and assure them of the Lismore electorate's prayers and continuing support.
In regards to illegal immigration, urgent Federal legislation to reassert Australia's sovereign borders is needed. This time it must be supported by Kim Beazley and the ALP, who made the mistake of not endorsing the legislation when it was first presented a month ago.

Ansett collapse

I have enjoyed and been fortunate to receive the courteous services from the dedicated staff at Hazelton and I was personally saddened to hear of the loss of employment and support from our region last week. The support and understanding shown by customers is a tribute to the service afforded to all travellers. I am sure that I am not alone in hoping that management discussions and negotiations will prove beneficial for the future of Hazelton and the local staff, for the service to be re-established in our region as we deserve.

2001 Rainbow Region Masters Games - What A Success!

Many sportspeople local and from afar enjoyed the opportunity to compete, socialise, and relive the legend. The success is attributable to the committed sponsors and the very hardworking and dedicated Committee led by Therese Crollick with John Bancroft, Leanne Clark, Julie Fenwick (representing Lismore City Council). Also the reliable team of Games' volunteers incorporating the many sporting associations, venue organisers and a vast array of individual sport helpers.

Flood Levee

It was pleasing to welcome Senator Ian Macdonald, Ian Causley and Harry Woods to the Lismore electorate, on the occasion of turning the first soil for the construction of Lismore's $13 million flood levee project, last week. The ceremony marked years of planning by Lismore City Council and Richmond River County Council in developing a floodplain management plan for Lismore. The culmination of community and business needs over this period of time highlighted the difficult nature of developing a plan that met the needs of all areas.

Investment in Lismore

I welcome the announcement by Bendigo Bank of its $2 million investment in Lismore-based Company, Aspect North, under its Regional Development Fund. The major expansion over the next three years has the potential to create up to 50 new jobs that will be of immense benefit to the regional and local economy. Congratulations to Aspect North and its staff.

Power Supply - Have Your Say

In the coming weeks Country Energy's Northern customers will receive a survey in the mail offering them the chance to influence its services. Country Energy wants to hear from its customers, they want customers to tell them their needs and set a clear direction for the services they expect Country Energy to offer in the future. I encourage people of the Lismore electorate to become involved and comment and enable Country Energy to determine the appropriate community needs for the future.

Justice Awards 2001

These awards recognise the contributions individuals have made to improve access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. Categories involve a Law & Justice Volunteer of the Year Award, Justice Essay, Justice Research Fellowship and a Justice Medal. Information packs for the 2001 Justice Awards are available from my office or website: 2001.

Gundurimba Flood Refuge Reserve Trust

Vacancies have occurred on the Trust Board appointed to manage the affairs of this Trust, which is charged with care, control and management of Reserve 38468 for Refuge in time of flood at Gundurimba. Applications for appointment as Trust Board members are being invited and interested persons can contact the Department of Land and Water Conservation direct on 6640 2061 or my office.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.