State Budget

Express Examiner June 99

State Budget

In the State Budget I was delighted that the Lismore Drug & Alcohol Detoxification facility has been recognised by receiving $800,000 for 1999/2000 and is due for completion by 2001 with an estimated overall cost of $2.8 million.

With respect to roads in the electorate a further $885,000 has been allocated for the Wiangaree deviation together with an additional $5 million to be spent on improvements to the Summerland Way between Grafton and the Queensland border.

There is the opportunity that under allocations listed as various locations may include Police patrol bicycles for Lismore, a new fire engine for Kyogle and new computer systems for SES. Under the Minor Capital Works I am anticipating the Trinity College bus interchange and pedestrian underpass and the Kyogle Murwillumbah Road will be included for this funding.

I am optimistic that the extra police allocated in the budget will in turn provide the 24 hour policing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Casino which was promised prior to the last election. I am eagerly awaiting the answer by The Hon Paul Whelan, Minister for Police in response to my Question on Notice submitted in Parliament on 27 May 1999.

Furthermore whilst I appreciate that I have only been your representative for three months, I can assure the Electorate that I will work tirelessly over the next twelve months to reinforce and highlight the important needs of this Electorate.

1999/2000 Women's Grants Program Working Together - Moving Forward.

This program aims to assist women with limited access to social and economic resources. The projects focus on Women in rural, regional and remote areas: Promoting safety and reducing violence against women; Improve the health and wellbeing of women and Promoting training and work opportunities for women. There are two Grant Programs - Small ($5,000 to $20,000) and Large ($30,000 to $100,000). Information packages are available by contacting my office.

1999 National CommunityLink Awards

These awards aim to recognise, encourage and reward local volunteer groups for the excellent work they do to make all of our communities better places to live. The Awards carry prizes of $15,000 plus a trophy for the national winner in each of the six categories and $2000 plus a trophy for all state category winners. Nomination forms providing complete details of the Awards eligibility and criteria are available for collection or by telephoning my office. I encourage local volunteer groups to nominate. Closing date is 20 August 1999.

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:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.