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.
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.
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
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