Thomas George 2LM Charity Walk

Echo 3 November 2005

Thomas George 2LM Charity Walk

I wish to congratulate and thank the businesses and individuals who took part in this activity to raise much needed funds for beneficiaries such as Biala Special School, Ballina Early Intervention, North Coast Children's Home (CASPA), Summerland Early Intervention, Wilson Park School, Byron Shire Early Childhood Intervention and Jumbunna Early Intervention.

MoU - Clubs

I have had the pleasure of attaching my signature, with that of the Leader of the Nationals, Andrew Stoner, Leader of the NSW Opposition, Peter Debnam and President of Clubs NSW, Peter Newell, to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the recent Conference of Clubs at Tweed Heads. This MoU reflects the desire of the Liberal and the Nationals to create an environment conducive to the sustainability and future health of the NSW Club Movement. The Parties recognise the significant, growing economic and social contribution that clubs make to the State and in turn local communities. I have organised countersigning by local clubs Managers, Casino RSM, Darren Schipp and Lismore Workers Club, Steve Bortolin.

Electorate Functions

Lismore Show - regardless of the amount of rain, the Waltzing Matilda Story went on and was a fabulous performance; a tribute to the actors, animals and students who participated. The show received great reviews and was one of a number of attractions for the community to enjoy. The regional event was again a success and a credit to the hard work of John Gibson, Ian Mulligan, the Committee and the tireless team of volunteers. Congratulations!

Northern Rivers Conservatorium Open Day - I congratulate the Northern Rivers Conservatorium on its recent Open Day and trust that many enjoyed the opportunity to visit the conservatorium.

Kyogle Branch of the Royal Far West Children's Health Annual Dinner - I was honoured to attend this special event that epitomizes the spirit of the Kyogle Community. The community's support for such organisations is tremendous and this exceptional occasion for the branch celebrating its 61st annual dinner, which was well attended is a tribute to the sentiment and character of people in the Kyogle township and surrounds.

Lismore Minister's Fellowship Breakfast - I was honoured to be a guest at this yearly breakfast to acknowledge and encourage local community leaders. The support, prayers and thoughts of this group are always appreciated.

Duke of Edinburgh's Awards - My association with presenting and acknowledging the efforts of local students who have greatly benefited from the guidance and support of Mr Ted Davy continues to be a great pleasure. Congratulations to Danielle Byrnes, Samantha Ballingall, Hamish Webster Jackson Purtle, Timothy Harris and Joanne Ethell.

Tuntable Falls Community School - visiting local schools is a invaluable experience in interacting with various students and their school community. I presented the school with a state flag and I enjoyed the entertainment and singing by the students, as well as the opportunity to speak with the children.

Award Presentation - It was my honour to present Dr Vahideh Hosseini with an award from the Federation of Ethnic Communities' councils of Australia in recognition of her 25 years of service of commitment and contribution to Australian Multiculturalism.

Marrowthon Awards Dinner - I was very honoured to be the Master of Ceremonies at the inaugural Marrowthon Awards Dinner. The dinner was acknowledgement of a long and challenging day of golf for participants ending with a night of celebration of their fundraising efforts. The format of this inaugural event was not only a first for Lismore but also Australia. Well done Loma Graydon and her team of volunteers.

Alstonville Show - Congratulations to President Greg Gordon and Secretary Dot Smith, the Alstonville Agricultural Society Committee and their team of volunteers on a wonderful show.

RRISK Program Launch - Reduce Risk Increase Student Knowledge, this programme addresses adolescent risk taking with North Coast High School students. The evaluation was funded by the NSW Motor Accident Authority and conducted by North Coast Health promotion.

Our Kids Melbourne Cup Luncheon - I enjoyed the opportunity to join with members of the community for such a worthy organisation to celebrate the Melbourne Cup and raise funds for Our Kids. Congratulations to the businesses involved in supporting this event as well as the organisation efforts of the ladies involved.

Support for Schools

It is indeed pleasing that my Federal colleague, The Hon Ian Causley has been successful in obtaining Capital Infrastructure Grants for local schools through the Federal "Investing in Our Schools" programme. Funding will be utilised in a variety of ways such as outdoor building improvements, playground equipment, shade structures, refurbishments, classroom furniture as well as other essential capital items.

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