2003 Towns and Villages Futures Program

Echo 10 July 2003

2003 Towns and Villages Futures Program

I wish to advise that applications are now open with a closing date of 1 October 2003. This program is open to small regional communities with less than 2,500 residents and aims to foster economic growth and job creation in small regional communities. It helps communities and alliances of businesses to take a strategic and proactive approach to their economic development. The program offers the opportunity to undertake a community planning process and/or implement projects that have community support and will result in new economic activity. Communities and alliances of businesses are assisted with financial support, practical input on project development, and the creation of networks and information. Applications can be lodged by sponsoring organisations such as local councils, chambers of commerce or by incorporated community/business associations. The closing date is 1 October 2003. Forms can be downloaded from the internet at www.business.nsw.gov.au.

2003 NSW Consumer Protection Awards

This Awards program is now in its third year and recognises outstanding individuals, community organisations, business associations, media and young people for their work in advancing consumer protection. Nominations are encouraged from individuals and groups who can identify a consumer-protection based project or initiative that they have developed and conducted for their clients or customers, regardless of size or scope. Nominations close 12 September and will be judged by an independent panel. Award recipients will be announced during Consumer Week in November 2003. All nominations must be on the official 2003 NSW Consumer Protection Awards Nomination form and a nomination kit can be requested on 9619 8618 or email request to awards@fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.

Have Your Say on the Retail Leases Act

The Department of State and Regional Development is undertaking a review of the Retail Leases Act 1994 and is inviting interested parties to provide comments to the review. The Act regulates the relationship between landlords and certain tenants in retail premises by setting minimum standards for the leasing of retail space. An issues paper has been prepared to assist interested parties in making submissions to this review, raising matters relating to competition policy, efficiency and effectiveness of the legislation. Copies of the Issues Paper are available online at www.retailtenancy.nsw.gov.au or by contacting my office.

Intervention Support Program 2004

This program provides supplementary funding for educational programs for young children with disabilities below school age and children/adolescents with disabilities in residential care. Closing date for this is 26 September 2003. Capital Grants for projects at Non-government Centres for the benefit of children or students with disabilities. Closing date for these applications is 29 August 2003. Applications and guidelines are available on line at www.det.nsw.edu.au/eas/isp or by contacting the Intervention Support Program Contact Officer Tracey Quick 1800 064 767.

Families First Projects

Minister Tebbutt recently confirmed that following an evaluation, continuation of recurrent funding for a further 3 years has been approved for two local projects. The Family Support Network will receive $134,077 to provide services of the Lismore Volunteer Home Visiting Service and Jumbunna Community Preschool & Early Intervention Centre Inc will received $21,264 to provide the services of the Casino Supported Playgroup.

Moratorium on New Justices of the Peace

As previously advised there are imminent changes to the office of Justice of the Peace in NSW. The Attorney General's Department is in the process of finalising administrative procedures for the commencement of the new Justice of the Peace Act 2002. As part of this process there will be a moratorium on new Justice of the Peace applications effective 14 July 2003. This moratorium will be in place until 28 November 2003. During this period new appointments will not be considered unless an urgent or demonstrated need is indicated.

Links to Learning Community Grants Program 2004-2006

This program aims to assist young people who experience significant difficulties participating in formal learning environments to access, remain in or return to education and training. Applications for 2004 to 2006 are invited from community7 based organisations and local government authorities in NSW. Guidelines and funding application forms are available from the Department of Education's website at www.det.nsw.edu.au/eas/youth or by contacting staff in the Program Field Services Unit at Lismore's Industry Training Centre on 66221294. Applications close 5pm Friday 1 August.

Parliament Hansard

This week in Parliament I have spoken on the following items of local interest and should anyone wish to receive a copy of the following Hansard extracts, please do not hesitate to contact my office;

NSW Budget
Local Government Amendment (Employment Protection) Bill
Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill
Business Link Corporate Services
Kids in Community Awards

** Please note that all forms or applications are also available from my office if you do not have access to the internet.


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: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.