Express Examiner 25 July 01


During the recess of Parliament, I will be interviewing in Casino on Tuesday 7 August, Kyogle on Monday 13 August, also calling into Grevillia and Wiangaree on this day. Then my West of the Range visit has been rescheduled to Friday 17 August, my apologies for any inconvenience. During this visit I will be calling into Bonalbo, Old Bonalbo, Urbenville, Woodenbong and Legume. For appointment times and enquiries please contact my electorate office on 6621 3624.

Bentley Art Show

Arts guru and former Opposition Leader, The Hon Peter Collins MP will officially open the Bentley Art Prize Show this weekend. Many people travel to view the varied mediums of art, from photographs and paintings to sculptures and pottery works. This exhibition will be the 16th Annual Bentley Art Prize Show and each year talented local artists enjoy the widespread community recognition that the show is renowned for. Congratulations to Reg Hartley, the organising committee and to the many entrants for a successful presentation.

Kyogle Skate Park Opening

This community facility has been made possible through the combined efforts of the Kyogle Youth Action group, allocations from Sport and Recreation under the Capital Assistance Program, together with the assistance from Kyogle Council and the local community in fundraising. It was my pleasure to attend the official opening of the town's newest youth facility, which is a major achievement for the Kyogle townspeople.

$145,349 for Rural Skills Centres

The announcement by Minister Aquilina of a $145,349 allocation for the establishment of local Rural Skills Centres in the Lismore electorate was welcomed recently. The program will assist in the development of vocational education and training for school students by encouragement, including the provision of part-time school-based traineeships and apprenticeships. The Rural Skills Centre will operate through Kyogle High School, Bonalbo, Woodenbong and Nimbin Central Schools. Training will be offered in Information Technology, Business Services, Retail, Agriculture and Forestry.

Taxi Industry Discussion Paper

The Department of Transport is inviting interested parties to provide comment on a discussion paper on the Rural Taxi Industry in NSW, relationships with other transport service providers and regulating community transport and courtesy buses. This follows a review in 1999 of the taxi and hire car industries and IPART's recommendation of an investigation into the feasibility of delegating the authority to regulate taxi operations in rural areas to local councils. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the paper, should contact my office. Closing date is 31 August 2001.

Inquiry Into Feral Animals

The Legislative Council General Purpose Standing Committee is calling for public submissions in relation to Feral Animals. Details on the Terms of Reference and inquiry contacts are available from the Committee's website at or my office. Closing date is 31 August 2001.

Learning Community Grants Program

This program aims to assist young people who experience significant difficulties participating in formal learning environments to access, remain in or return to education and training. Guidelines and application forms are available upon request. Applications close 14 August 2001.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

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