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 www.dir.nsw.gov.au.
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.