$100,000 for Casino Aboriginal Youth Program

Northern Rivers Echo 8 June 2006

$100,000 for Casino Aboriginal Youth Program

Recently Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Milton Orkopoulos announced a new $100,000 program for Aboriginal youth in Casino. The Junbung Youth Activities program, funded by the Department of Community Services will provide Friday night sports, cultural and social activities for young people aged 9 to 18 years. The program has become a reality due to the work of the Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy Working Party in Casino.

Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy

Muli Muli Aboriginal Cultural Youth Corporation has been approved as the auspice body for the Muli Muli Cultural Youth Project. The organisation will receive $11,000 in Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy funding from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007 to provide and manage the service. The project will focus on strengthening the local Aboriginal community in caring for children and young people though activities that engage parents encourage the passing on of local culture and building informal and formal support networks for families.

Palliative Care Week

Last week I took the opportunity to visit the Palliative Care Unit at St Vincent's Hospital, as part of National Palliative Care Week, to thank them on behalf of the Lismore Electorate for the tremendous work and support the team provides to the patients and their families & friends during what is a difficult time.

Lismore's Living Library Project 2006

As patron of this project, I wish to bring its aims and purpose to the attention of local residents. This is being organised by ordinary member of the Lismore community who are working towards the creation of a harmonious society. It aims to counter racism and challenging prejudices in our community. Lismore's Living Library works exactly like a normal library; readers come and borrow a "Book" from the library. The main difference: the books in the living library are human beings, and the Books and readers enter into a private conversation in a safe space for a limited period of time. The aim of the project is to celebrate diversity and foster respect and appreciation of that diversity, to break down barriers and prejudices between groups by bringing people together, to provide opportunities to increase social cohesion and harmony within Lismore's diverse community and finally to use personal contact and new experiences to reduce and prevent racism and challenge stereotypes.

Shadow Minister for Transport Visits

Deputy Opposition Leader, Mr Barry O'Farrell visited the Lismore Electorate last Thursday to speak with Trains on our Tracks representatives, he attended a gathering of local bus operators and inspected Lismore's bus interchange.

NSW Regional Achievement and Community Awards

Nominations are open again for the 2006 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards. Individuals, businesses, communities or organisations who have made a difference to regional and rural NSW & ACT in one of the following categories are being encouraged to apply.

Categories are; Business Enterprise Award
Events and Tourism Award
Regional Service Award
Environment and Landcare Award
Community of the Year Award

Nominations can be made online at www.awardsaustralia.com or by contacting my office. Closing date is 11 August 2006.

Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Inquiry

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters is currently seeking submissions for its Inquiry into Voter Enrolment. The terms of reference are - The current level of voter enrolment in New South Wales, particularly among young people and any other groups with special needs in relation to voter enrolment;
The impact on voter enrolment of Commonwealth reforms to introduce new identification requirements for people seeking to enrol to vote or to change their enrolment details; and
Any additional strategies to maintain or improve the level of voter enrolment and to ensure that the roll remains up to date, with particular regard to the needs of particular groups (such as young people) and other demographic changes (such as the ageing population).

Closing date is 7 July and can be sent to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000.

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