NSW Alcohol Summit
Echo 4 September 2003
Parliament resumed this week and will be in session for a number of weeks
until Christmas. During last week, the NSW Summit on Alcohol Abuse was held at
NSW Alcohol Summit
The National Party, as a result of the Summit, put the State Government on
notice that additional funds were needed if resolutions from the NSW Alcohol
Abuse Summit were to have any effect. We also strongly rejected a Summit
resolution supporting Government-sanctioned underage drinking venues, along the
same lines of Labor's heroin injecting room. Unfortunately, the resolution
narrowly passed late into the night when 75 per cent of the delegates were
absent. One message was clear from this week's debate - the tentacles of alcohol
abuse cut across every geographic and social divide in NSW. Alcohol wreaks havoc
with individuals, families, communities and our social and economic fabric. The
excellent local community-based initiatives in country and coastal areas needed
to be built upon with wholehearted Government support and increased funding. It
is vital that young people understand that drinking to excess is not "cool" - it
is a problem to themselves, their families and their communities. The graphic
details of alcohol abuse were clearly too little understood in mainstream
society - the health, social and legal consequences, the domestic violence and
misery, the loss of employment and the impact on children.
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.
Some Functions Attended Recently;
Truck Parade - hosted by the Lismore Turf Club, the Lismore Truck Show & Parade
combined with a race day was well very patronised as it supported St Mary's
Preschool in Casino, Bonalbo Preschool, Kyogle Preschool, Our Kids program and
the Rural Fire Service. I congratulate Ron Marriott, Michael Timbrell, Directors
and staff of the Lismore Turf Club on a very successful event. Appreciation goes
to the trucking industry for their support and financial contribution in making
the day a wonderful success. A Fashion Extravaganza was also held in conjunction
with the weekends activities and provided an opportunity to a number of fashion
business houses within the electorate to showcase fashions, accessories and
footwear for the ensuing local race days.
Red Cross Zone 27 Conference - It was my pleasure to be present and officially
open this conference at Wiangaree on Monday. Local branches of the Red Cross
provide various voluntary services throughout the area and do a wonderful job in
supporting the community.
Ag-Quip - As a member of a National Party Northern Tour, part of the visit
included attending the renowned agricultural field days held at Gunnedah.
Red Cross "Celebrity Prison"
I have been chosen as one of 20 people in the Lismore region to be involved in
this year's highlight event "Celebrity Prison". Red Cross has held this event in
other areas as a major FUNdraising event. This unique event is to be staged at
Lismore Shopping Square on the 27 September 2003 at 11 am. The Australian Red
Cross coordinates 12 essential local community services throughout Northern NSW.
My participation and support, I hope will highlight to the community the
importance of Red Cross for the whole community and I call on your assistance to
contribute in whatever way possible.