Natural Disaster Hits Casino

Echo 25 January 01

Natural Disaster Hits Casino

Following last weeks devastating storm in Casino and surrounding districts, I wish to congratulate and thank the many workers and volunteers who contributed valuable time and energy to helping those most affected. The professional combination of both Department of Community Services, police and state emergency service people in establishing the Disaster Recovery Centre was commendable and greatly assisted the quick and organised clean up of the town. This type of devastation certainly brings a community together and highlights the value of community spirit. In accordance with the declaration of a Natural Disaster, there are various assistance schemes, with details on guidelines and eligibility available from my office. The Disaster Recovery Centre/Centrelink Office are assessing cases and can also be contacted on 6660 2025. Furthermore, building works and minor repairs should be undertaken by appropriately qualified tradespeople.

$ 45,422 for Local Sporting Groups

Eight local sporting organisations in the Lismore electorate have benefited from the 2000/2001 Capital Assistance Program. Projects were:

$6,000 for the construction of cricket nets, widening of soccer oval, purchase of goals at Eureka Recreation Ground,

$5,000 to resurface courts with synthetic grass at Old Bonalbo Tennis Courts,

$422 for the replacement of the 400W light with 1000W with control gear at Lismore Croquet Lawn,

$5,000 to add lights to existing poles for better coverage at Hepburn Park,

$5,000 for the construction of a beach volleyball court at Casino War Memorial Olympic Pool,

$6,000 for the construction of a skate park facility at Norman Johnston Oval, Bonalbo,

$3,000 to level the oval surface and add lighting to the oval and amenities at Hanging Rock Community Oval,

$15,000 to construction a skate park at Anzac Park, Kyogle.

Colemans Bridge Study

I have been advised of an RTA Community Information `Drop In' Session for the Colemans Bridge Study and may be of interest to the community and local businesses. It will be held on Wednesday 7 February 2001 between on 4 and 7 pm at the Lismore Workers Club.

2001 Premier's Gala Concert

For the notice of seniors in my electorate who may be interested in travelling to Sydney during Senior Citizens Week celebrations this year, the 2001 Premier's Gala Concert will be held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 March 2001. A ballot for tickets is being held and specific information on how to apply is available from my office.

Compulsory 3rd Party Motor Vehicle Insurance

The National Competition Council has released two community information papers explaining the application of National Competition Policy to compulsory third party motor vehicle insurance and compulsory workers' compensation insurance. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy should contact my office.

Attention: Seniors

An updated 2001 Seniors Card Local Business Directory, listing participating businesses and offers, is available from my office. Any person or business interested in the NSW Seniors Card Scheme, please do not hesitate to contact me for further details 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