Federal Election

Echo 14 October 2004

Federal Election

Congratulations to Ian Causley, Federal Member for Page and his local team on a resounding victory in the Federal Election held on the weekend. The election result is a significant milestone for Australia because it enables the Federal Coalition and Prime Minister John Howard together with his team, to secure the gains of the past 8 years and continue to build a prosperous future through a strong economy.

Blood Bank Services

Following my indications, during a recent opening of a Red Cross Conference, that rural Blood Bank Services in our area need attention, yesterday I met to raise and highlight concerns of this issue with the Australian Red Cross, Public Relations Manager together with other representatives of this area in order to have this situation reassessed and examined.

Parliamentary Inquiries

Currently the following Parliamentary inquiries are seeking submissions.
Academics' Paid Outside Work
Back-end home detention
Follow-up review of performance audit report on Corporate Governance
Inquiry into Reporting and Audit Requirements for Small Agencies
Inquiry into the Joint Use and Co-location of Public Buildings
Natural Resource Management Issues - Inquiry into Term of Reference (f)
Natural Resource Management Issues - Inquiry into Terms of Reference (c) & (d)
Review of road safety administration in New South Wales
Review of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988
Review of the Operation of Audit Committees
Speed and motor vehicles: Vehicle-based measures to monitor, manage and control speed
Sustainability Reporting in the New South Wales Public Sector Inquiry

Seniors Week - The Best Time for Ages!

The 2005 Seniors Week Achievement Awards Program is now open. The Seniors Week Achievement Awards is a prestigious annual event that highlights and recognises NSW seniors for their outstanding contribution to our communities, for their leadership and for their initiative. In 2005 a group or an individual can be nominated in one of the following categories;
Business mentoring
Community service and volunteering
Education/life-long learning
Environment/Science
Health and well-being
Intergenerational Understanding

Application forms are available from my office. Nominations close 5pm Friday 5 November 2004.

Electorate Functions

Kyogle Show - I was pleased to attend and officially open the re-established Kyogle Show for 2004. Congratulations to Bryan Hannigan and his Committee on their tireless efforts to reinstate this important local event. As part of the Kyogle Show, the CRT Eden Country Store Prime Vealer Competition was a tremendous success, well done to Ron & Rita Martin for their organisation and support in providing sponsorship for this event. The Committee together with their team of volunteers had their hard work and dedication positively acknowledged by public attendance as well as the success enjoyed by the exhibitors.

Cancer Council Relay for Life - congratulations to survivors, carers and participants who took part in this important event. I had the honour of being present for the opening and the lap undertaken by carers and survivors. I wish to praise the coordinating efforts of Don Whitelaw, John Bancroft and the many volunteers of Lismore's "Relay for Life" Committee. Kate Mitchelson's recitation of the `Relay for Life Oath', set the scene for a very successful day.

Lismore Unlimited After Hours at Fantastic Furniture - Together with members of Lismore Unlimited, I enjoyed the hospitality of Shane and his staff.

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