Community Deb Ball
Express Examiner August 00
Parliament resumes in August and July has been very productive with a Shadow
Minister visit and being able to attend the many local activities in surrounding
Community Deb Ball
Rhonda and I had the pleasure of attending the recent RSM Community Debutante
Ball, which was an outstanding tribute to our debutantes, partners and their
family. It was my pleasure to receive the nineteen debutantes. I believe the
second debutante ball, held last Saturday was also a great success.
NSW Awards For Excellence In Tourism
President Terry Serone together with the Beef Week Executive, Mayor of Casino;
Col Sullivan and myself had the pleasure of being in attendance at the State
Awards for Excellence in Tourism held last week at the Darling Harbour
Entertainment Centre. I congratulate Casino Beef Week on being a finalist and
encourage them to continue to strive for excellence as a promotion and tourist
attraction, which is vital to rural and regional communities, such as Casino.
Natural Disaster Funding
Advice regarding Natural Disaster funding for roads within the Richmond Valley
Council jurisdiction has finally been recognised with the allocation of $196,000
for damage caused by heavy rains in the area between February and March 1999 and
specifically the bridge on Hancocks Road, Casino. Richmond Valley Council will
certainly appreciate this assistance and I extend my thanks to the Roads and
Traffic Authority for its support.
Whilst this is a Federal package, I am concerned at the reported number of
farmers who have failed to return application forms for deregulation funding
assistance to the Dairy Adjustment Authority. Farmers must return the assistance
applications by 17 August or they will not be eligible. Only 6000 of the 17,000
dairy farmers have returned the forms.
Some concerns have been publicised by farming groups about the new water
legislation. An information package has been provided on the Water Management
Bill 2000 and I encourage people to contact my office for copies of the
particulars. Many groups are horrified and disappointed that the process of
consultation and negotiation undertaken in good faith with the Carr Government
to no avail.
Rural Crime Seminar
Last week saw the attendance of over 150 people at a police education meeting in
Casino and was well attended in general by the community. This opportunity to
air concerns was appreciated by many and I feel the initiative by Inspector
Sullivan and his team was a tremendous success and well received by those who
Young Australian of the Year Awards
Seven categories of awards allows the honour of local young people for their
outstanding contribution within their local communities. The winner of each
category will receive $4,000 Award Saver account, with the ultimate accolade
going to one young person who will be chosen as the NSW Young Achiever of the
Year. A booklet and nomination forms are available upon request and nomination
close 8 September 2000.
Casino Post Office - Heritage Registered
News of the local landmark being listed on the State Heritage Register
reinforces that the building is of particular importance to the State and
enriches our understanding of the history in our area.