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 districts.

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.

Dairy

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.

Water Reforms

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 attended.

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.

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