Lismore Show

Echo 28 October 2004

Lismore Show

The rain was timely last week and I am sure the community welcome it even though it delayed some of the Show ring events. Friday and Saturday provided great weather to visit the various pavilions, ring events and be mesmerized by the Summerland Credit Union's Arena Spectacular. This performance by numerous school children, primary producers, dancers, livestock and entertainers was a wonderful celebration of 100 years of shows on the same site truly reflecting the times of years gone by and exhibiting the community spirit shared by our region. Congratulations to the Show Committee, their team of volunteers and exhibitors on a superb show.

Goonellabah Crime

I met with the new Area Commander, Superintendent Bruce Lyons at Goonellabah to examine some of the issues involved in recent crime incidents in the area. Discussing various issues contributing to this problem, it was obvious that Goonellabah needs a lot of attention, which is now being addressed.

Blood Bank Services

Following my recent meeting in Sydney, with the Australian Red Cross, Public Relations Manager, and local Red Cross representatives, it has been indicated to me that a visit to address issues that I raised, will happen in the near future to discuss the overall service provided by Australian Red Cross in this area.

It's Showtime! Book Launch

Congratulations to Helen Trustum on this wonderful historical record of various local shows. I had the honour of being part of the official launch and it was my pleasure to auction the first copy, which was purchased by George and Fuhrmann Casino and Bangalow, for $2,600 with proceeds going to the Northern Region Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service. Helen wrote this book by hand over five years and it is truly a valuable compilation of the history of shows in this area.

Regional Sports Facilities Program

This program provides funds to develop and enhance the network of major sporting and recreational facilities that meets the needs of the general community and may incorporate uses for talented and elite athletes. Applications are now open until 30 November and can be obtained from my office for the Department of Sport & Recreation website Applicants are encouraged to contact the Department's Manager of Grants on 9006 3776 to discuss their project prior to making application to ensure it is eligible for consideration.

Office of Industrial Relations Online Services

The Office of Industrial Relations has produced a brochure on its online services to assist in answering questions relating to pay rates, award conditions and entitlements. The services on the website ( include -

Check Your Pay - helps users calculate wage and other entitlements, including annual leave and long service leave.

Pay Rate Updates - gives the latest information on changes to NSW pay rates, award conditions and leave entitlements by email. Select the wards you want, change your choices or unsubscribe at any time.

NSW Awards Online - provides access to industrial awards and pay rates covering nearly 1.5 million workers in NSW.

Commonwealth Youth Parliament

It is proposed to hold a Youth Parliament in Brisbane next year from 19-23 April. The NSW Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has been invited to nominate up to two delegates for consideration to attend. Nominees should be between 18-25 years and be able to demonstrate; an interest in Commonwealth and parliamentary affairs; potential leadership qualities and a commitment to the local community. Nomination forms are available from my office and should be returned with supporting documentation by Wednesday 10 November.

Churchill Trust

The Churchill Trust is now calling for applications for 2005 application round. Each year the Churchill Trust awards about 100 Fellowships at an average cost of about $20,000 each. The Fellowship includes airfares, fees and a living allowance. Successful applications spend about eight weeks overseas investigating topics that will benefit Australia and add to Australia's knowledge base. The applications are open to Australians 18 years and over for fellowships to be awarded in June 2005 for travel from 1 September 2005. There are no prescribed qualifications. The merit of the proposal is the primary test and a desire to share the results of the fellowship study with the community. Closing date for applications with references is Monday, February 28, 2005. Full details of the fellowships and application forms can be obtained from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust by contacting their National Office on Freecall 1800 777 231 or at the website:

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.