Home Warranty Insurance
Echo 6 September 01
Home Warranty Insurance
When Parliament resumes this week one item of importance is the matter of
disruptions to the building industry and the issuing of insurance certificates.
A number of local builders and industry associated tradespeople have contacted
my office regarding the unsatisfactory position and hold up due to the
transition to new insurance companies to provide home warranty insurance. The
current state of affairs and disruption to building activities is very alarming
and the flow on inconvenience to people wanting homes built and extensions
carried out is extremely damaging to the trade. I would be interested to hear
from local builders as the Coalition will be highlighting this unacceptable
situation and requesting immediate remedial action from the Carr Government.
Search for Top Regional Inventor in NSW
Country inventors are being encouraged to enter into the inaugural NSW Rural
Inventor's Award. The NSW Innovation Council is contributing a cash prize of
$5,000 for the best regional innovation or invention for 2001. This year's
competition is a pilot program for a possible annual award. For further details,
please contact my office.
Wilderness Assessment Report
This report has been completed recently and results are available for
viewing. The information outlines the assessment process, methods and proposed
options for wilderness declaration. The report will be on exhibition for 8 weeks
until 20 September 2001, providing the opportunity for public consultation.
Information is available on the Internet: www.npws.nsw.gov.au and on display at
both the Alstonville Regional Office and the Kyogle Area Office. Submission
forms are available from my office.
Minor Capital Works for Local Schools
The Lismore electorate will receive $1,755,425 in minor capital works for
schools during 2001/02. The list includes;
Richmond River High
Rural Teacher Watch
NSW National Party Leader, George Souris has called on rural and regional
school communities to provide us with information on the provision of teachers,
the length of teaching vacancies and the subject areas in which these vacancies
exist. This is to establish a "Rural Teacher-Watch", as we are interested in
becoming aware of which country schools are having particular trouble in
attracting and retaining staff and to have the information so that we can ensure
country children are not being disadvantaged. Any details will be treated
confidentially and can be provided to my electorate office.
Following indications that between 30 and 40 government jobs in State
Forests' north-east region are set to disappear over the next two years, I met
with forestry workers in Casino. Staff had recently been verbally advised that
positions of the north-east region's staff would go over the next two years and
these positions involved both clerical and field staff. Indications are that
jobs would be mainly lost in Casino and Grafton. Rural communities such as
Casino can not afford to suffer such large job losses. I will be calling on the
Carr Government to abandon its plans to axe these jobs in this region.
Male Teacher Number Inquiry
A government inquiry into male teacher numbers was visiting Lismore, Ballina
and Tweed Heads this week. With Public meetings being held at the District
Office in Goonellabah yesterday and tomorrow at Murwillumbah. Should anyone wish
to convey their thoughts or views to the Inquiry, they can do so by forwarding
written approaches through my office.
Reports, Grants and Schemes
The following are available from my office upon request -
Country Athletes Scheme opened until 31 December 2001.
Coastal Lakes Independent Public Inquiry Draft Paper - closed 2 November 2001.