North Coast National Show
Echo 30 October 2003
North Coast National Show
Congratulations to the President John Gibson and his Show Committee, volunteers,
showgirls, participants and exhibitors on a wonderful show. The welcomed rain
did not dampen spirits and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be present
for the postponed official opening, which occurred on Friday evening. I was very
impressed with the standard of exhibits in all sections. In particular the stud
beef cattle again reinforced the quality and value of the industry to this area
and the led steer competition certainly was equal to any in the country. I was
also very pleased to see the follow-up attendance at the carcass presentation on
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Last week I was honoured to present Duke of Edinburgh Awards to students at St
John's College, Woodlawn. Congratulations to the students, together with the
Awards Co-ordinator Ted Davey.
2003/04 Regional Sports Facility Program
I would like to urge local sporting committees to consider applying for funds
under the 2003/04 Regional Sports Facility Program that provides funds to
develop and enhance the network of sporting and recreational facilities that
meets the needs of the general community and may incorporate uses for talented
and elite athletes. This region has produced many representatives and to be able
to provide local facilities to foster our future talent would benefit the
community as a whole. Application forms are available from my office upon
request or the Department website at www.dsr.nsw.gov.au. The closing date is 12
Clubs Receive GST Exemption
Last week the Coalition demanded NSW Treasurer Michael Egan ask the Federal
Government to extend the GST rebate on gaming machine revenue to ALL clubs in
the area. I welcomed the announcement by Coalition Leader John Brogden that he
had secured the rebate for 889 clubs. This will go a long way to helping the
clubs such as Urbenville Bowling Club, Woodenbong Golf Club, Bonalbo Bowling
Club, Nimbin Bowling Club and other clubs within the Lismore electorate.
Hopefully, as a result of the efforts put in by the Opposition, they will not
only survive but will be able to continue their tremendous community work.
However, there are still 508 clubs, such as the Lismore Workers Club, Lismore
RSL Club and Casino RSM Club that Michael Egan is refusing to ask the Howard
Government to provide the rebate for.
The NSW stamp duty crisis has escalated with new figures revealing huge
increases in stamp duty right metropolitan and regional NSW. Last year the Carr
Government collected a record $3.5 billion from Stamp Duty and this included a
windfall of an unbudgeted $830 million. Only weeks ago, Mr Carr said another
$125 million "windfall" had been collected by the State Government. The
Coalition has launched an on-line petition supporting a cut in stamp duty and
this can be signed at www.cutstampduty.com. Coalition Leader John Brogden will
introduce into Parliament later this week a Stamp Duty Reduction Bill which
would start cut stamp duty from 1 July 2004. The Bill cuts stamp duty by 5% on 1
July 2004 and rises to a 10% cut by 1 July 2006. It also provides relief for
first home buyers in regional NSW by equalising the "First Home Plus" city and
country thresholds. Within the Lismore electorate the cost of stamp duty in the
past 12 months has risen by over 100% in Casino and between 50-75% in Lismore.
2004 Seniors Week Grants & Achievement Awards
Applications for 2004 Seniors Week Grants and Achievement Awards have opened.
Grant applications are being sought from non-profit organisations, volunteer
organisations, local government and community groups to assist the development
and/or organisation of local Seniors Week projects. The one-off grants are
available in one of three categories of funding, up to $500, up to $1,000 and up
to $5,000. A maximum of two application forms per organisation will be accepted.
The Achievement Awards highlight and recognise NSW seniors for their
contribution to the development of our community, for their leadership and for
their initiative. The Awards specifically seek to recognise seniors who are
continuing to make a significant contribution to the community. One individual
and one organisation per NSW region will be awarded for their achievement in
each of the following categories - Business Mentoring, Community Service &
Volunteering, Education/Life-Long Learning, Environment/Science, Health & Well
Being and Intergenerational Understanding. Application forms and more
information on the grant guidelines are available from my Electorate Office.
Applications for grants close 21 November 2003 and the achievement awards on 5