Regional Sports Facilities Program

Echo 30 September 2004

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 www.dsr.nsw.gov.au. 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 (www.industrialrelations.nsw.gov.au) 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.

Electorate Functions

SCU Graduations - I was pleased to once again attend the Graduation Ceremonies at the University last weekend to honour the Arts, Health & Applied Sciences and Business students, which include 16 PhD graduates, the largest number in the Uni's history.

Eltham School 120th Celebrations - this was a wonderful day of celebrating 120 years education at Eltham, with both past and present students in attendance.

Bexhill Open Air Cathedral - Following some extensive maintenance work, including new turf and a sandstone foothpath, a rededication and consecration service was held at the Open Air Cathedral recently. This work has further added to the picturesque setting that this local attraction has become.

NLIS

The Nationals' have welcomed the Federal Coalition's significant boost in funding of $20 million for the implementation of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS). $15 million of the NLIS funding will go to the beef industry, and the rest will be shared between other sectors. Farmers, stock and station agents and sale-yard operators in NSW have experienced a raft of problems in getting NLIS off the ground. it is unreasonable to expect producers to carry the full cost of devices in the implementation stage. The Federal Government's funding injection will help cattle producers shoulder the cost of a system that studies have shown to have a 25% public benefit. This commitment shows that the Federal Coalition is serious about NLIS, and understands the importance of ensuring food safety, access to overseas markets and the management of any possible outbreaks. NLIS will improve the cattle industry's disease and quality control, and in the current environment of ongoing animal disease scares, it's vital we have a strong trace back system in place.

Train

Last week PriceWaterhouseCoopers released its independent report on the feasibility for passenger and/or commuter services on the Casino-Murwillumbah railway line as requested by Tweed Shire Council. The report indicated a commuter train is affordable and realistic. This type of service has always been the principal focus of the Northern Rivers Councils and community groups.

ALTAS & PSO Funding

Last week outside Parliament House large numbers of people gathered to let the Carr Government know of its heartless decision to reform the programs and slash funding. I supported those who made the effort to travel down from Lismore, in particular, Theo McPherson, Zion Stewart, Julie Rose, Natasha Ulyatt, Toby Gulliver and Mathew Wiggins, who were supported by three volunteers from Realising Every Dream [RED] Inc. who came with them, that is, Carl Paola from Ocean Shores and Luke Wiggins and Perry Libeau from Lismore. They asked me to present a big heart, a metre high, to the Premier, which I have assured them I will when Parliament resumes in three weeks.

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