West of the Range
Express Examiner 6 February 02
I will be interviewing in Casino next week on Tuesday 12 February, for an
appointment, please contact my office on 66213624.
West of the Range
Once again I conducted a West of the Range tour on Thursday last week, meeting
with constituents at Bonalbo, Old Bonalbo, Urbenville, Legume Hall, Woodenbong,
Grevillia and Wiangaree. I enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with people and
as discussed I will be endeavouring to pursue issues raised. As usual I will be
undertaking other trips during the year, anyone wishing to see me during my next
visit should contact my office, so that arrangements can be made.
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.
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
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.
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.