Premier Carr's visit
Echo 14 July 2005
Premier Carr's visit
I was pleased to accompany Bob Carr during his recent visit last week to examine
the effects of flooding and inspect the levee bank. The following details are
flooding assistance as per the Natural Disaster Declaration announced by the
Under an agreement with the Commonwealth, NSW pays for the first $85.1 million
of all natural disaster costs in each year. The following schemes are consistent
with the Commonwealth/State Natural Disaster Relief arrangements;
Individuals- Department of Community Services provides assistance to people in
distress financial circumstances due to damage to houses and properties.
Following an application an evaluation is undertaken and assessed. Enquiries can
be made to the Lismore DOCS office on 6621 8099 or 1800 018 444.
Primary Producers - Loans of a up to $130,000 are available (subject to certain
eligibility criteria) at a concessional interest rate of 3%, for those in urgent
need. These loans may be used to meet carry-on requirements and the replacement
of livestock and plant. Application forms are available from my office or
www.raa.nsw.gov.au or 1800 678 593.
Road and rail freight subsidies of up to 50% on the carriage of livestock and
fodder are available. The maximum subsidy available is $15,000 per annum. The
Department of Primary Industries handles enquiries and can be contacted on 1800
Small Business - Loans of a up to $130,000 are available at a concessional
interest rate of 3% to small businesses affected by disasters and which meet
certain eligibility criteria. This finance is available to those unable to
obtain assistance through normal channels Application forms are available from
my office or www.raa.nsw.gov.au or 1800 678 593.
Trustees of Parks & Reserves - Provided the facilities concerned constitute
"public assets", grants may be available to those parties (eg Trustees)
responsible for managing Crown Land, Parks and Reserves, who do not have the
financial capacity to meet restoration costs from their own resources. The
Department of Lands administers this scheme. Contact is John Burton 02 8236
Sporting Clubs - A special scheme is available to assist sporting clubs in
meeting the costs of restoration of essential club facilities that have been
damaged or destroyed. The assistance is made available to those clubs which do
no have the financial capacity to meet restoration costs from their own
resources, but which have the capacity to repay any loan that may be granted.
Under these arrangements the maximum assistance available is $12,000 including a
grant of up to $2,000 and the balance by way of repayable advance with interest
at the rate of 3%. Treasury administers this scheme and as there is no formal
application form, a letter outlining the extent of damage sustained, photographs
and quotes in relation to necessary restoration works need to be submitted
through my office.
Churches and Voluntary Non-profit Organisations - Loan assistance is available
to churches and voluntary non-profit organisations for the restoration of essential facilities
that have been damaged or destroyed. As with other schemes, assistance is only available
to those organisations, which do not have the financial capacity to meet restorations costs from their
own resources, and are unable to obtain assistance through normal channels.
Treasury administers this scheme with advances subject to a maximum of $25,000
at 3% interest.
If the debate of Youth Parliament is indicative of the outlook for the next
generation, then there is no doubt that the potential and future for our youth
is positive. Our local representatives, Caitlin Jensen and Ingrid Martin,
provided tremendous counsel for the Youth in this State. I congratulate Caitlin
and Ingrid for participating with integrity and representing the Lismore
electorate in Youth Parliament. I was most honoured to be speaker on the day
these local students were in attendance.
2005 Justice Awards
Nominations are currently open for the annual Justice Awards presented by the
Law and Justice Foundation of NSW. These Awards are a great opportunity to
recognise the efforts of individuals and organisations working to increase
access to justice NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged
people. Either individual or a group of individuals may be eligible for one or
more of the following Awards. Nominees can be recognised for a single
outstanding activity or, for achievement over a period of time;
The Justice Medal - sponsored by the Foundation and presented to an individual
for outstanding achievement in improving access to justice.
The Aboriginal Justice Award - sponsored by the NSW Attorney General's
Department and presented to an Aboriginal individual/group of individuals
demonstrating outstanding commitment to improving access to justice Aboriginal
people in NSW.
The Law and Justice Volunteer Award - sponsored by the NSW Bar Association for
outstanding commitment in a voluntary capacity to improving access to justice.
The Pro Bono Partnership Award - sponsored by the National Pro Bono Resource
Centre and presented to private law firms, community organisations and/or
community legal centres, which have developed a relationship resulting in
improved access to justice for disadvantage people.
Nomination forms are available from my office, or www.lawfoundation.netau/justice_awards
and close on 5 August 2005.
A second newsletter regarding land valuations has been released with the purpose
of providing landowners and members of the public with information about the
valuation system. Majority of local Councils have elected to issue the first
newsletter with the first round of rate notices for 2005. The newsletter is
available on the Department of Land's website www.lands.nsw.gov.au or from my
office. Should anyone wish a copy to be forwarded to them, please do not
hesitate to contact my office.
Plan of Management
A proposed amendment to the Big Scrub Nature Reserves Plan of Management has
been prepared and is now on public exhibition. Public comment is being sought
and should be in writing to: The Planner, Big Scrub Nature Reserves, PO Box 856
ALSTONVILLE NSW 2477, closing date is 10 October 2005 and information is
available at www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au.