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.

Condolence Motion

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.

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: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.