Nursing Scholarships

Echo 23 August 01

Nursing Scholarships

The NSW Department of Health has advised that applications for 2002 Rural and Remote Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships have opened. This news is appropriate especially following the recent industrial action that highlighted the need for, and shortages of nurses in our hospitals. The scholarships are offers of up to $4,000 to first year undergraduate nursing students with a rural background, who meet certain eligibility criteria. A copy of the guidelines and application forms are available from my office upon request or from

2001 Community Economic Development Conference

Lismore will be hosting the State Economic Conference that will be held from 9 to 11 September at the Lismore Workers Club. A number of field trips are planned to demonstrate local products and services. This is a remarkable opportunity for Lismore and surrounding communities, particularly following the recent success of the Northern Rivers Herb Festival, to showcase the varied and numerous economic prospects in this area. Networks are forged and contracts are made at these conventions. With the recent recognition of Lismore as one of the most likely places in regional Australia to prosper, investment in this region could not look better. A program is available from our office.

Herb Festival

Last week the final festival activities in Heritage Park concluded a very successful inaugural Northern Rivers Herb Festival. The atmosphere and patrons of the Park events was very indicative of the area and promoted the wonderful opportunities of the herb industries. Congratulations to Louise Barry, event participants, supporters and sponsors and I look forward to this festival becoming a regular attraction supporting the herb industry.

ATLAS Expression of Interest

Expressions of interest are being sought from agencies to become eligible to provide Adult Training, Learning and Support (ATLAS) programs and services to young people and school leavers with disabilities. Closing date is 2pm Monday 24 September 2001 and interested organisations can request an information package by telephoning 1800 880 027 or by contacting my office.

Federation by Rail

A special project "Celebrating Federation by Rail 2001" was to run heritage hand-pumping trolleys across the Nation to celebrate the role of railways in the history of Australia. Unfortunately rail authorities, including our own NSW Rail, suddenly demanded a series of personal indemnities from the organisers. These obviously could not be provided and the event has been cancelled. This comes as a major disappointment for many rail heritage buffs.

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. This Scheme will conclude on 31 December 2001 and I encourage all farmers to consider and participate in this opportunity.

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.