Australia Day Public Holiday
Echo 9 January 03
Rhonda & I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a prosperous
2003 and trust that a joyous and relaxing festive season was had by all.
Australia Day Public Holiday
I have received a number of enquiries regarding Australia Day and its public
holiday. This has been gazetted for Monday 27 January 2003.
Capital Assistance Grants Announced
Six Lismore Electorate sporting organisations benefited from the allocation
of $45,284 under the 2002/03 Capital Assistance Program. Local successful
$2,186 for the provision of lighting, amenities, goal posts and storage
shed at Hanging Rock Hall Sportsground;
$9,120 for the upgrading of lighting to competition standards at Queen
Elizabeth Park Oval;
$2,311 for the upgrade of fencing with 1000W with control gear at Lismore
$8,177 for the installation of playground equipment to meet Australian
Standards at Federal Village;
$1,490 for the extension of existing building for storage and construction
of access road at Hepburn Park;
$22,000 for the enhancement of five tennis courts with artificial grass at
Weston Park, Goonellabah.
The aim of the program is to work in partnership with the general sporting
community and to support those groups who have shown they are prepared to help
Nurses Pay Rise
A decision by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to grant a 6% pay
increase for nurses, effective from January 1, is a positive first step in
addressing the acute shortages of nursing staff in rural and regional NSW. There
are almost 2000 nursing vacancies in NSW. The critical shortage of nurses in
rural communities is hampering the health system's ability to provide adequate
and suitable care to patients. With so many vacancies in country areas,
operating theatres and maternity wards are being closed and patients are being
forced to travel long distances for basic medical treatment. A pay rise for
nurses is long overdue.
Congratulations to all HSC students who received their results just prior to
Christmas. I trust your hard work and ability are reflected in your results and
I am sure that you will be able to achieve your goals by either embarking upon
further education or a career. Our thanks also to the teachers whose efforts and
dedication must also not be forgotten.
Seniors Week Awards
Applications are open for the Premier's Seniors Week Awards 2003. The Awards
celebrate individuals and organizations in the community who promote the well
being of older people. It also acknowledges NSW seniors for their contribution
to the development of local communities. Forms are available from my office or
copies can be obtained from www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au. Applications close on 20
I wish to advise that I recently launched my new website. The address is
www.thomasgeorge.com.au. The site obtains copies of press releases and newspaper
articles, such as this, Parliament speeches, an online survey and much more. I
trust the constituents of the Lismore Electorate will find this to be a useful
resource. Any feedback on this site would be welcome.