Express Examiner 27 June 01
Parliament will recess this week and I am organising a number of interview
days for Casino, Kyogle and West of the Range. Enquiries can be made to my
electorate office on 6621 3624 for appointments.
Last week saw unprecedented scenes in the history of the NSW Parliament with a
barricade preventing Parliament from sitting at the appointed time. The issue of
workers' compensation reform is a vital one and the Coalition was given less
than two days to consider this extremely complex Bill. Labor used its numbers in
the Lower House to `gag' the debate and stop any criticism of the controversial
legislation. The Coalition fully supported moves to reform the worker
compensation scheme to ensure a reduction in premiums for employers, whilst
protecting the entitlements of injured employees. There is no doubt that due to
Labor's mismanagement of the scheme, the system in NSW needs major reform to
make sure that premiums are reduced for businesses.
Congratulations to Bruce Wright, Exhibition Marketing and Casino for another
successful event. Primex 2001 provides a focus on our region and industries and
again attracted visitors and exhibitors from all parts of Eastern Australia.
$71,500 under Area Assistance Scheme
Local successful organisations included;
$15,000 to Kyogle Home and Community Care to establish an office, develop and
implement a training program for volunteers to help terminally ill people and
$6,000 to Bentley Community Preschool to build a perimeter fence around the
playground at Bentley Hall.
The aim of the AAS is to build the capacity of the community and local councils
to deal with the challenges of change.
Drug Awareness Week 2001
Following the 1999 NSW Drug Summit, I established a local drug advisory group,
of which a number of members progressed to become part of the Lismore Community
Drug Action Team (LCDAT). This local group was initiated over 18 months ago to
examine drug issues in the Lismore electorate. This week in my absence, Mayor
Bob Gates officially launched Drug Awareness Week, at the Riverlands
Detoxification Centre, which will run from Monday 25 until Friday 29 June. I
will now take steps to establish this group in Casino in the near future and
anyone interested should contact my office.
Local Projects Benefit From $102,400
Following representations to the Carr Government for maintenance funding for
local halls, The Premier recently announced $50,000 for 12 community halls in
the Kyogle area. This one-off allocation will be used to provide emergency
maintenance and equipment to the halls in the district. Repairing roofs and
windows or installing disabled facilities are just a few examples of jobs that
will make a real difference for the benefit of the townspeople.
Further to this, $22,500 and $30,000 has been directed respectively to the
Lismore Family Support Network and the Kyogle Family Support Service to provide
Community Worker (Parenting) Services. The services will work through an
established community-based agency to build on existing community supports with
the aim of strengthening parental knowledge and capacity. It will focus on
integrating the service into the community to create high accessibility.