Parliamentary Secretary Visit
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Parliamentary Secretary Visit
Last week, Mr Bryce Gaudry, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for
Aboriginal Affairs visited the Lismore Electorate. Local bus operators met with
Mr Gaudry to raise concerns in relation to private bus operators. Mr Gaudry and
I inspected Mulli Mulli and the Urbenville/Woodenbong Water Supply holding
discussions with Mayors, General Managers of Kyogle and Tenterfield Shire
Council. Bryce also joined me in the presentation of a State Sports
Representative Certificate to Joshua Hanley.
Pollies For Small Business
The Annual Pollies for Small Business Week again was a great success providing
me with the opportunity to meet constituents and work with local business
owners, becoming more familiar with their particular business issues. Many
thanks to the team at Daleys Homeware and Monogramming of Lismore, Stuart
Brothers Butchery, Kyogle and Flair, Casino for their support and participation
in this scheme.
Housing - Expression of Interests
Crisis Accommodation Program - Expressions of interest (EOI) are being invited
for the Office of Community Housing's Crisis Accommodation Program (CAP). The
objective of CAP are to improve service and accommodation options for homeless
people, increase accommodation options for Aboriginal people, help clients move
from crisis accommodation into transitional support and exit housing and improve
the condition of suitability of CAP properties. Interest is sought from
not-for-profit organisations to manage accommodation that links both support and
housing. This can be provided by individual organisations or support and housing
providers working in partnership.
Community Housing Assistance Program- Expressions of interest are being sought
for this program which aims to expand the supply of long-term accommodation for
low-income households in high needs areas. Under this year's program,
not-for-profit organisations will be allocated community housing in NSW through
construction of housing on redevelopment sites and purchase of properties on the
private market. EOI for both programs should be lodged by 31 October 2003.
Parry Transport Report - Call For Submissions
The interim report of the Ministerial Inquiry into Public Passenger Transport
(The Parry Report) has been released. Written submissions outlining comments on
the Interim Report are welcomed and should be forwarded to either:
Ministerial Inquiry into Public Passenger Transport
C/- Ministry of Transport
GPO Box 1620
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Or by email to: email@example.com.
The deadline for written submissions,
commenting on the Interim Report, is Friday 10 October 2003. A final report will be
presented to the Minister for Transport Services in December 2003. If you have
any further enquiries, please contact the Inquiry's Secretariat by phone on (02) 9268 2825,
or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Costa's Regional Transport Visit
Last week Minister Michael Costa came to Grafton as a result of the above report
and the Ministerial Inquiry into Sustainable Transport in NSW - Options for the
Future. A delegation from Lismore City Council, including Mayor Merv King,
representatives from Kirklands and the Northern Rivers Community Transport
raised concerns over the existence of public transport in rural areas and the
threats posed by this Report. Due to the number of issues being covered, I urge
people to examine this document and make a submission.
Lismore Garden Club Competition Presentation - It was a pleasure to attend the
presentation of the Lismore Garden Club and I congratulate all prize winners and
entrants in the competition which due to the drought conditions have still
managed to provide outstanding gardens and I urge people to enjoy the work of
these wonderful gardeners.
Opening of Oatens Retravision in Casino - Friday last week, I had the honour of
reopening of Oatens Superstore ran by Bill and Mark Oaten and staff.
Congratulations and I wish them every success with the confidence that they have
placed in Retravision in Casino.
Interchange AGM - it was my pleasure to be present at the Interchange AGM. Many
worthy recipients were presented with certificates including hosts who have
volunteered for between 1 and 18 years. Special awards for the Most Improved
Host, Most Outstanding Host, and the Host of the Year were also announced.
Congratulations to everyone.
State Reception on Monday this week, I was my honour indeed to attend the State
Reception held in honour of his Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery,
I was prompted by concern over the rumoured replacement of CountryLink rail
services with buses to call on the Minister for Transport Michael Costa to
guarantee the retention of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail service. The IPART
Ministerial Inquiry into Sustainable Transport in New South Wales reported the
replacement of rail services with buses as a viable option. The report also
notes that community sentiment favours the retention and even expansion of rail
services. They obviously aren't listening to the people if their choice is to
scrap a rail service that is widely supported by its community. The Minister has
previously accused the Opposition of scare mongering when we have mentioned the
Government's plans to scrap the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line, yet he has
mentioned this very option is his report. I want the Minister to publicly
confirm that CountryLink services will be maintained on the Casino to
Locally Gazetted Holidays
Following a number of enquiries made to my office, I wish to advise that both
the Lismore Cup Race Day (« day Thursday 25 September) and Lismore Show Day
(full day Thursday 16 October) have been gazetted under the Banks and Bank
Holidays Act 1912. Verification or further information can be obtained from the
Department of Industrial Relations website; www.dir.nsw.gov.au/holidays or by
contacting 131 628.