Echo 2 September 2004
I had the pleasure of attending a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, John
Anderson, Richmond MP, Larry Anthony and Page MP, Ian Causley ensuring funding
arrangements for the reinstatement of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line were
in the best interests of local communities. The roundtable meeting at the Tweed
Shire Chambers with local Mayors and State Parliamentarians from the North Coast
was to discuss the Commonwealth's commitment to the line and canvas the way
ahead for trains on the branch line. The Australian Government had offered $15
million on the table to immediately get the train running and a further $15
million next year but would negotiate future funding with the NSW Transport
Minister with realistic futures and operational plans. I want to see the rail
workers keep their jobs and a train running on the line as soon as possible - we
do not want to wait until the election. At the end of the day this is a State
responsibility and Minister Costa closed the line. Now that the Federal
Government has made this promise, I call on and challenge Minister Costa to
immediately reinstate our service from Casino to Murwillumbah immediately.
Clinical and Community Advisory Group
Rt Hon Ian Sinclair and Wendy McCarthy will be in Lismore on 8 September 2004 at
Invercauld House, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm to conduct consultations with
clinicians and the community about;
The functions of the proposed Area Health Advisory Councils (AHAC),
the composition and operation of the proposed AHAC,
how the functions and operative of the proposed AHAC will assist in ensuing
that the principles of consumer and community participation,
exploring the linkages between existing Area Clinician, consumer and community
participation structures and the proposed Area Health Advisory Councils, and
the ongoing role of the health Participation Council given the changes to
statewide and Area clinical an community participation structures.
Further information can be obtained off the health website;
www.health.nsw.gov.au.or my office Submissions can be sent to The
Director-General, NSW Health, Locked Bag 961 NORTH SYDNEY 2059, fax 02 9424 5888
or email; email@example.com.
I attended the very successful Herb Festival recently much to the credit of
Jenny de Greenlaw, Festival Co-ordinator and her wonderful team of helpers. Many
people took advantage of the great weather to soak up the sunshine, savour the
tastes of our local eateries, and enjoy the tremendous local produce and
products which were available at the festival.
Lismore Parking Times and the Disabled
It has been bought to my attention that some concerns have been raised that the
length of existing parking time limits within the CBC were not adequate for
those who were less mobile. I understand that generally time limits radiated out
in length from the centre of the CBD, due to the higher demand for parking close
to the shops. It was noted that anyone with a mobility problem may apply to the
RTA to obtain a mobility parking permit. This permit allows the holder to park
their vehicle in areas where the parking is limited by more that 20 minutes for
an unlimited time, and additional time for any limit less than 30 minutes as
Seniors Week 2005
"The Best Time for Ages!" is the theme for 2005 Seniors Week program with the
aim of the program to assist the development and/or organization of local
Seniors Week Projects and activities which is held between 13 and 30 March next
year. Copies of application forms and accompanying funding application handbooks
are available from my office. Following Seniors Week 2004, DADHC undertook a
review of the Seniors Week Grants Program in consultation with key stakeholders
including Local Government, Peak Aging Bodies and the Premier's Department. This
review recommended that the following changes be implemented. In 2005, there
will be two funding categories available in the Seniors Week Grants program:
Up to $500 - applicants may apply for any amount up to $500; this does not
need to be matched.
$1,000 - this is a set amount and must be matched in cash or in-kind.
Applications will close at 5pm on 24 September 2004, with all applicants
informed of a decision in early December 2004.
I have received notification from the Attorney General that the rate of
incomplete reappointment applications is significantly high. Please carefully
read the instructions to ensure your reappointment application is lodged in
full. The turn around time for an application to be finalised is currently 4 to
5 months. An existing JP will only be prohibited from performing JP services
during the period between reappointment and the swearing of the oaths of office.
Reappointment only occurs when all background and criminal checks have been
finalised and the person's appointment is made by the Governor.
With the Federal Election announced for the 9 October, it is timely to advise
recent amendments of the Commonwealth Electoral Act. Electors can now verify
their enrolment online through the Australian Electoral Commission's (AEC)
website www.aec.gov.au. Furthermore electors may still confirm their enrolment
by contacting 13 23 26.