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 NSW.

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 my office.

History Grants

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.

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