Parliament Barricaded

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.

Parliament Barricaded

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.

Primex 2001

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 their families. $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.

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