Visit by Shadow Minister for Transport Services

Echo 13 November 2003

Visit by Shadow Minister for Transport Services

Last week The Hon Mike Gallacher MLC, Shadow Minister for Transport Services, visited the electorate primarily to discuss the proposed closure of the Casino-Murwillumbah railway line. Mike inspected both the Casino and Lismore railway stations and meet with Council representatives and passengers to gauge their opinions. Petitions against the closure are available from my office.

New Photo ID

Following approaches to the Minister for Roads I was pleased with the announcement of the Government's intention to introduce a new photo identification card for people aged over 25 who do not hold a drivers licence. Until this time these people have been disadvantaged as there has been no formal ID available, therefore some simple everyday tasks have been nearly impossible. The new cards will feature the same security measures as drivers licences. Subject to the resolution of legislation issues, thew new ID card is expected to be available from RTA from the middle of next year at a cost of $40.

Breast Cancer Directory

I recently had the pleasure of attending the official launch of the eDirectory of Breast Cancer Treatment & Services in Parliament House. This new resource is to assist consumers locate breast cancer specialist, and to learn about the breast cancer journey and the treatment and services that are available. The directory is at www.bci.org.au/breastcancerdirectory/home.htm.

Redistribution of Electoral Boundaries

The Electoral Districts Commissioners are seeking public suggestions and comments relating to the distribution of NSW into electoral districts. Suggestions, eg. of boundaries and names, should be lodged by Friday 28 November. Any suggestions will be made available for perusal after that date. Comments relating to any suggestions received may be lodged until Friday 12 December. Suggestions should be sent to the Electoral Districts Commissioners, GPO Box 832, Sydney 2001 or via email on redistribution@seo.nsw.gov.au. Copies of current boundaries and enrolment statistics are available on the website at www.redistribution.seo.nsw.gov.au.

Premier's Seniors Christmas Concert

The 2003 Premier's Seniors Christmas Concerts will be held this year on Monday 15 & Tuesday 16 December. Anyone who is interested in attending a concert on either of these dates, should contact my office to receive a ticket.

Community Justice Centres Issues Paper

The future form of community mediation to resolve neighbourhood and other disputes is the subject of an Issues Paper released by the New South Wales Law Reform Commission. Community mediation is conducted in New South Wales by Community Justice Centres (CJCs), a government agency first established in 1980. CJCs were established to provide a means of dealing with the sort of disputes for which conventional court-based procedures are unsuited - domestic or neighbourhood disputes where the disputing parties had, or once had, an ongoing relationship, including disputes between family members, partners, friends, workmates, members of social groups and other community organisations, neighbours, landlords and tenants, flatmates and so on. The review looks at all aspects of the operation of the Community Justice Centres Act. Some specific areas for review include:
the provision of mediation services to Aboriginal communities; the consequences of requiring parties to attempt mediation at a CJC before going to court; and mediator accreditation, training and remuneration.

Copies of the issues paper are available from my office or the Commission's website at www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lrc. Submissions close Friday 19 December and should be sent to Mr Peter Hennessy, Executive Director, NSW Law Reform Commission, GPO Box 5199, Sydney 2001 or via email to nsw_lrc@agd.nsw.gov.au.

Electorate Functions

Country Energy/Rescue Helicopter Fundraising Launch - I congratulate Country Energy on this initiative to assist the Northern Region Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter in its fundraising efforts, in particular that 100% of donations will be forwarded directly to the Helicopter.

"Our Kids" Melbourne Cup Luncheon - I was delighted to be present at this luncheon to assist "Our Kids", of which I am patron. The function was well attended and a wonderful afternoon was had by all. Congratulations to Annie Curtin and her team of hard working volunteers who continually work to support "Our Kids".

Interact Injury Management - last week I had the pleasure of officially opening the new premises in Conway Street. Since beginning in December 2002 with one occupational therapist, the office now employs eight staff members due to its high demand.

 

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