Echo 24 March 2005
Parliament resumed on Tuesday and opened with a minute's silence to
recognise the passing of Pope John Paul II and the tragic loss of nine navy and
air force personnel.
Representing the Lismore Electorate, I attended the concelebrated mass at
St. Mary's Cathedral, Sydney on Tuesday evening commemorating the life of Pope
John Paul II. I also had the opportunity to record the Lismore Electorate's
thoughts and sympathy during the condolence motion in Parliament on Wednesday.
I also had the opportunity of recording and extending prayers and sympathy
on behalf of the Lismore Electorate residents to the family, friends and
services of the navy and air force personnel who recently loss their lives
performing humanitarian aid.
Workplace Fatalities Forum
A reminder to all local businesses that I am hosting a forum on Tuesday 12
April 2005 from 5.30 to 7.30 pm. It is important for business owners to attend
and become more aware of the proposed legislation. There is widespread concern
among employers, mainly small businesspeople, about the impact of this
legislation. The legislation provides for increased penalties for breaches of
the Occupational Health and Safety Act. While The Nationals strongly support
safe workplaces, we believe this legislation is turning every employer into a
potential criminal. Should you wish to obtain further information/details,
please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Rotary hosts Papua New Guinea visitor
In accordance with the Rotary Centenary and the Rotary International
District 9640, Centennial Conference, I have had the pleasure, this week of
hosting Mr Onibu Mari in my electorate office and in attendance for a few days
at State Parliament. Mr Mari is an Electorate Manager of Dame Carol Kidu, New
Guinea Minister for Community Development and Member for Moresby South. Mr Mari
is visiting Australia together with Dame Kidu, under a Rotary Overseas Training
Assistance Program (ROTAP).
Northern Stars Under the Big Top
With the marquee up, the stage set, many local students are ready and
enthusiastic about performing in the 2005 Northern Stars Under the Big Top - The
Sky's the Limit. I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the
organising team, volunteers, teachers, students and families for their
participation in this event. This production provides a wonderful and rare
opportunity for children to showcase their talents in a variety of different
segments. The chance to perform under a massive marquee and to be involved with
fellow students, is an exciting and memorable event and one that they will
treasure for the rest of their lives. Students with outstanding musical talents,
also gain important and valuable experience to enhance their future aspirations
in the production industry. As co-patron., I would encourage your support and
attendance at this unique event.
Bonalbo & Woodenbong Shows
The West of the Range showcase is on again this weekend, with Bonalbo Show
on Saturday and Woodenbong Show on Sunday, providing these towns with an annual
event to exhibit their produce and livestock. I encourage your attendance as
your patronage will ensure their viability as well as appreciate the time and
effort of the numerous volunteers and exhibitors who will make sure that you
have an enjoyable weekend.