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.

Masters Games

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 christina_valentine@agd.nsw.gov.au.

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 www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au/fsc/proposed-hook-line.

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.

Electorate Functions

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.

Slim Dusty

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.

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