Minister for Gaming & Racing Visit
Echo 2 October 2003
Minister for Gaming & Racing Visit
The Hon Grant McBride, Minister for Gaming & Racing, visit the Lismore
electorate last week to attend the Lismore Cup. Mr McBride announced that the
Lismore Turf Club has been granted a Governor's licence, which will now allow
the Club's facilities to be used as an event venue for Lismore. Mr McBride also
took time to meet with representatives from Lifeline, the AHA and Clubs NSW.
Congratulations to the Lismore Rainbow Region Masters Games III Committee on yet
another successful event. Under the guidance of Therese Crollick, the organising
committee, John Bancroft and Leanne Clark, the staff and volunteers should be
extremely proud of the effort and achievements of the Games.
Justices of the Peace Regulation 2003
The Attorney General is seeking comments on the Justices of the Peace Regulation
2003. The Regulation is necessary for the effective implementation of the
Justices of the Peace Act 2002. Copies of the Regulation and Regulatory Impact
State are available from my office. Submissions may be made direct to Mr Laurie
Glanfield, Director General, Attorney General's Department, GPO Box 6, Sydney,
2001 or by email to email@example.com.
Hook & Line Fishing In Jeopardy
The Coalition fears the future of recreational fishing in New South Wales could
be in jeopardy following a proposed recommendation from the NSW Fisheries
Scientific Committee to list hook and line fishing in areas important for the
survival of threatened species as a key threatening process. This proposal could
have a large impact on all recreational and commercial anglers throughout the
state, as it does not specify which threatened fish species nor which areas it
might affect. The Sydney Labor Government advised that recreational fishers and
the general public had only 5 weeks to lodge submissions on such a broad
proposal. Submissions closed on Friday, September 12. The decision will now be
made on which areas are to have hook and line fishing restricted. While I fully
support the preservation of threatened species, I also support the right of
thousands of recreational and commercial anglers to wet a line. The Fisheries
Scientific Committee's proposed recommendation can be viewed at
Labor Votes Down Youth Crime Reforms
I was very disappointed that the Private Members' Bill, introduced by National
Party Leader Andrew Stoner, aimed at reducing juvenile crime was voted down by
the NSW Labor Government in Parliament recently. The current Young Offenders Act
is one of the reasons for escalating youth lawlessness, as it allows young
offenders to get away with repeated warnings and cautions before they are dealt
with more seriously. Mr Stoner's Bill would have allowed one warning and one
caution only before young offenders were dealt with by conferencing or the
Courts. It also would have ensured parents were involved at an early stage. I
was disappointed to see Labor and some Independents, voted against the Bill.
They have shown themselves to be totally out of touch with the concerns of their
communities regarding juvenile crime.
Jarjum Preschool - I enjoyed a recent visit to the Preschool to see the children
and the facilities.
Red Cross Celebrity Prison - Congratulations to Scott Krueger and the Red Cross
on organising this wonderful promotion, of which I was proud to be part of.
Thanks must go to the general public for helping to raise $16,000 towards such
as worthy cause.
School Visits - recently I have attended a number of local schools. I was
present at the Casino High School and Trinity College Year 12 Graduations, as
well as addressing students at Kyogle Public School & St Carthages on the role
of Government and have presented a new flag to Kadina High School.
Junior Disability Sports Camp - I had the opportunity to visit the Camp at Lake
Ainsworth which was organised by the NSW Wheelchair Sports Association and the
NSW Sports Council for the Disabled. The camp aimed to identify talented
athletes, with a range of disabilities, in a variety of sports.
National Police Remembrance Day - I was honoured to attend the service in
Lismore this week to reflect on the bravery, selflessness and courage of
officers killed in the line of duty and to remember former members of the NSW
Police who have passed away in the previous 12 months.
Like all Australians I was saddened by the news of the passing of a true
Australian country music legend. Slim Dusty has provided this nation with
wholesome entertainment for more than 50 years and he will be deeply missed.