RTA Big Bikeride Benefits Town

Express Examiner November 00

RTA Big Bikeride Benefits Town

Following the bike ride in March of this year, which is a social annual event, residents of the Casino community and surrounding villages have benefited from the improvements carried out to Naughtons Gap Road Railway bridge. Two participants in the ride worked for State Rail and were able to assist Casino Council and myself in having the necessary works undertaken.

LifeForce Suicide Prevention Week

From November 6 to 10, LifeForce is aiming to bring the issue of suicide out into the open. LifeForce is committee to working towards significantly reducing Australia's high suicide rate by implementing strategies that focus on prevention and intervention.

Self Defence Bill 

The Coalition's Bill will codify the law relating to self-defence of property and person. The Bill will simply the issue of self-defence by stipulating what level of force is acceptable to use against an assailant to protect oneself, another person or one's property. I am interested to receive community feedback on this Bill.

Greenslips Set To Rise

The Carr Government's promised $100 reduction in greenslip renewals from October 1999, which was capped only until October 2000. It is anticipated that premiums will now rise for renewals. I would be interested to hear from individuals who experience substantial increases.

Stamp Duty on Dairy Payments and Further Assistance

There seems to be a lot of confusion over the different assistance packages that are available for dairy farmers. I urge all dairy farmers to make their own specific enquiries and if further assistance is needed, please do not hesitate to contact my office. The office of State Revenue has confirmed that stamp duty on lump sum payments under the Dairy Structural Adjustment Scheme will not apply. This is welcome news for dairy farmers across the State.

School Buses

A copy of the Department of Transport's Discussion Paper on the Performance Assessment Regime for commercial bus contracts are currently available. The Department is now seeking further comments from the industry and the community since the second paper has changed considerably from the initial proposal. Closing date is Monday 6 November 2000.

Police Assistance Line (PAL) 131 444

After conducting stock theft forums, it has become evident that many rural people are not utilising this assistance line. It is a convenient around-the-clock way to report a range of non-urgent crimes or any suspicious criminal activity. PAL handles break, enter and steal offences, motor vehicle theft, stealing from a vehicle, malicious damage, minor motor vehicle crash reports and lost property. I strongly encourage the use of this assistance line that provides intelligence, enabling the logging of statistics regarding types and incidence of criminal activity.

North Coast Area Assistance Scheme

Non profit organisations and local councils have been invited to apply for funding for social and community development projects under the Area Assistance Scheme. The scheme funds projects that improve the physical and social infrastructure in communities with existing and emerging social, economic and environmental problems. Contact should be made with the Community Project Officers at local councils to obtain further details.

NRMA RoadZone

Recently launched in Lismore at 14 Carrington Street, the display is an interactive road safety exhibition. Roadzone challenges students with 20 interactive exhibits demonstrating how to survive on the roads of the fictitious town of "Hazard Point". The display allows students and families to examine the importance of safe road use behaviour and explore the concept of personal responsibility on the road. The exhibition will be in Lismore until 6 December and will organise special group bookings upon request.

National Young Leaders' Days'

This annual event was initiated to develop student leadership in schools and build a better future for Australian young people. Principals can nominate student leaders ie: captains, vice-captains, prefects, SRC representatives, house captains and sporting captains, to attend the event. The objectives of the day are to;

insure students make a positive contribution to their school,

motivate students to be great leaders in their area of influence;

empower students with the practical skills of motivating others, managing commitments and stress management and;

expose students to a diverse range of leaders in society and their views of leadership.

Dates are Sydney - 20 November and Brisbane - 13 November, 2000. Ansett is offering special airfares of up to 50% discount off full economy, depending on availability.

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