Casino Railway Station
Express Examiner April 00
The past month in Parliament has been interesting and busy, with a backlog of
legislation, including the successful DNA sample legislation, Cross-Border
Commission Bill, Wilderness Amendment (Private Property Rights) Bill, and Flood
Plain Management. Amendments were also submitted to the Payroll Tax Act to
provide relief for rural and regional value adding country businesses which
employ additional workers aged 25 or under. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of
Hansard extracts can do so by contacting my staff.
Whilst in Sydney, I visited the Royal Agricultural Society Show and was very
proud to see local produce and livestock exhibitors representing our area with
tremendous success. Congratulations to Mariani Foods who received awards.
As part of the National Party team, I was honoured attend a morning tea for
showgirl finalists and rural achievers, who were a credit to their families and
communities. These ambassadors again reinforced the future of agriculture in
Casino Railway Station
This week at Parliament I called on Transport Minister, Carl Scully to convey
his assurance that he will assist with the expansion of services in Casino, not
cut them back. I also sought his support for the retention of the signalling
operations. I directed four questions to be addressed by the Minister and I will
report on his response in the next column.
Area Assistance Scheme
$53,900 has been awarded to local organisations in the latest round of funding
under the Area Assistance Scheme. Congratulations to Chequerboard Hill Inc,
Woodenbong Showground Facility Group and Eden Creek Fairymount Preschool who
were successful in gaining allocations.
Australian Sports Medal
A commemorative medal to celebrate Australia's sporting achievement has been
produced by the Commonwealth Government, known as the Australian Sports Medal
and will be issued only during the year 2000. NSW has received a quota of 2,704
medals for allocation to successful sportspeople of NSW. It is not intended that
the award be restricted to athletes and others connected with the Sydney 2000
Olympic Games or performance at the elite level only, but rather to celebrate
the nation's wider sporting achievement. If you know a potential recipient and
would like to know more about the nomination process, please contact my office.
Youth Suicide - A Very Important Seminar
This seminar is a one-day suicide prevention program being run in Lismore on
Friday 12 May, from 9.30 to 3.30 pm. LifeForce is committed to working towards
significantly reducing Australia's high suicide rate by implementing strategies
that focus on prevention and intervention. Further details can be obtained from
Application forms are also available for assistance under the 2000 Royal
Australian Historical Society's History and Archives Grants Program. Closing
date is 26 May 2000.