Express Examiner 16 January 02


The awesome contribution of our volunteer emergency service personnel throughout the current bushfire emergency has inspired the nation.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to all those who have given up their Christmas and New Year break to fight fires locally as well as to travel to other areas to fight extensive and persistent fires. I know many local crews have assisted.

The community and Government owe a great debt of gratitude to our volunteers. I was honoured to attend the appreciation parade and BBQ last Saturday at Evans Head to recognise the magnificent effort of our volunteers where about 200 personnel from all agencies took part. Sadly though a number of them were called out before the day end to fight another outbreak in the Tabbimobil and Thompson Road in horrific conditions.

Furthermore, we must also acknowledge and appreciate the efforts by employers, fellow employees and families who are left the run businesses and family enterprises whilst these volunteers undertake community service.

Australia Day public holiday

I have received a number of enquiries regarding the Australia Day holiday for 2002. A late gazettal of Monday 28 January 2002 was declared as a public holiday in NSW. Please do not hesitate to contact my office for confirmation of this and other gazettals, furthermore details can also be attained at

Field Centre opens

The re-establishment and official opening of the Country Energy Field Service Centre at Casino is a positive boost of commitment and investment, that will certainly be appreciated by Casino and surrounding areas, especially west of Casino with 11 employees now based at the centre.

Churchill Fellowships 2003

The Churchill Trust is calling for Australians over 18 to apply to undertake an overseas study project that will enhance their usefulness to the Australian Community. No prescribed qualifications are required, merit being the primary test based on past achievements or demonstrated ability for future achievement. Closing date is 29 February 2002 and further information can be obtained by contacting my office.

Youth Week 2002

Preparations are underway for the largest celebration for young people: Youth Week 2002, which will run from April 7 to 14. The event aims to acknowledge the contributions and importance of our youth to their communities. Submissions for funding were sought last year and I am hoping the State Government will provide grants to local organisations that have requested assistance for activities that have been organised in this area.

Best wishes for a very successful and prosperous 2002.

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