Express Examiner June 99
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
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
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.