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
www.parliament.nsw.gov.au 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.