Richmond Regional Vegetation Management Plan

Express Examiner April 02

Tomorrow the Nation will celebrate Anzac Day, a very special day of remembrance. I hope people will attend the district ceremonies that have been organised to show respect for those that lost their lives for our freedom.

Richmond Regional Vegetation Management Plan

Last week, I attended the Casino and Bonalbo meetings regarding the above Plan, where over 300 landholders (with many not being officially invited), attended as the main stakeholders. The presence at these meetings reflected the anger and concern at the impact this plan will have on their lives. The Department of Land & Water Conservation stated that `the purpose of the regulations is to provide for reporting and compliance', I believe this could be done in a much more cost-effective manner that is stakeholder friendly. It was very evident that the three Committee representatives who are dependent (like the many farmers in attendance) upon the land for their major income have been consistently outvoted with any proposals to the Committee (so much for community consultation). I will now take forward their concerns direct to the Minister.

Anzac Day 2002

It will be my pleasure this year to be attending the Dawn Service in Kyogle, the March and Commemorative Service at Lismore and the luncheon in Casino. The opportunity to join with our servicemen and women, together with the ensuing generations that are participating in these ceremonies, is one that I enjoy immensely. We can all be proud and respectful to those who served for their country and our freedom.

Air Services Lismore

Following the delicensing of the Casino Airport, I have had a meeting with Hazelton seeking a daily transport system from Casino to the Lismore Airport and return. Many residents have expressed concern of not having any ability to access secure and connecting transport.

School Captains visit

As part of a leadership program organised in conjunction with the Office of the Governor of NSW, the Department of Education and Non Government schools each year, school captains and leaders were recently invited to visit Parliament House. I was very pleased to host a morning tea for the leaders of five schools that included Tim Barnes and Nicole Convine from Casino High, and Joel Hines and Jessica Walker from Woodenbong High, who attended the full day of activities that consisted of a tour of Parliament House, followed by a visit to Government House to meet Her Excellency, the Governor, Marie Bashir.

Blood Bank - Casino

This week I met with Mr Richard Webb, Public Relations Manager for Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Mr Chris Crawford, to work through issues and trying to achieve a suitable outcome for the re-establishment of blood collection in Casino.

Rural Crime Squad

Having undertaken extensive consultation and liaising, in my role as National Party Spokesperson on Stock Theft, with many rural people who are constantly faced with the consequences and losses associated with rural crime, I have welcomed Coalition's advancements in creating a specialist Rural Crim Squad. This squad will consist of additional police officers and would provide financial assistance to the livestock industry to develop a permanent livestock identification scheme. The Coalition will create a specialist Rural Crime Squad consisting of an additional 32 police officers attached to non-metropolitan Local Area Commands to focus full-time on rural crime.

Healthy Rivers Commission

The Government has asked the Healthy Rivers Commission to undertake an independent public Inquiry into the health of various rivers on the North Coast. Available from my office is an Issues Paper for the North Cost Rivers Inquiry. Written submissions are being called until 31 May 2002.

Public Liability

A Public Liability Insurance Information Service has been set up to help businesses and community organisations trying to obtain cover. An independent body, Insurance Enquiries and Complaints Limited, is available to assist people with their enquiries about public liability. The toll free telephone number for the Insurance Enquiries & Complaints Limited is:
1300 363 683. Alternatively, the web site is: www.iecltd.com.au

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