Australia Day celebrations

Express Examiner 30 January 02

I will be conducting a West of the Range tour on Thursday 31 January 2002 at the following times:

9.00 am Bonalbo Post Office (PO), 10.45 Old Bonalbo PO, 10.30 Urbenville PO, 11.30 Legume Hall, 1.30 Woodenbong PO, 2.30 Grevillia PO and 3.30pm Wiangaree PO.

Appointments can be obtained by contacting my office on 6621 3624.

Australia Day celebrations

I had the pleasure of attending the Lismore, Casino and Mallanganee Australia Day festivities and I thoroughly enjoyed the day with the local community, as this is the biggest single event held each year. I believe Australia Day provides an opportunity to highlight and recognise achievements of individuals and organisations. It is also an occasion to reflect and appreciate our wonderful country; Australia.

Facsimile machine

The electorate office has a Canon L900FX facsimile machine, in good working order to donate to a registered charitable organisation or to a locally based organisation. In order to give equal opportunity to all, I am calling for expressions of interest to put organisations' names into a lucky draw. Please telephone my office to notify your details before 5pm Tuesday 12 February, as the draw will be undertaken on Wednesday 13 February 2002 and I will notify the successful organisation on this day.

Wildlife Refuge declaration

The Minister for the Environment has informed me that he has recommended the Governor proclaim The Island Creek Wildlife Refuge. This is located 20km north-east of Kyogle and contains Riparian rainforest in very good condition. It is habitat for a wide range of fauna including platypus, echidnas, antechinus and many different species of birds. I trust this is to the approval of constituents in this area. I would welcome any comments or feedback regarding this refuge.

Bail Act

The Coalition is supporting the Government's proposed changes to the Bail Act whereby repeat offenders will find it more difficult to obtain bail. Police say repeat offenders are responsible for some 90 per cent of crime. This leads to police frustration if the Courts are pre-disposed to grant bail. The result is that the prison system will be asked to cope with increased numbers being remanded in custody and some new prisons may have to be built. The Government has said that as a result of these bail changes, offences involving particularly car theft, burglary and violent street crime should decrease noticeably.

Insurance Claims

Whilst I always encourage people to make their own initial approaches, if any property owner or resident is still having problems with any insurance claim relating to last years storm damage or recent bushfire losses please contact me for assistance. I can inquire of the insurer where appropriate, or the Insurance Council, or the Insurance Enquiries and Complaints Commission on your behalf and possibly assist in speeding up the resolution of any issues.

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