Seniors Week 2002
Express Examiner March 02
I will be conducting another West of the Range visit today anyone wishing to
contact me should contact my office on 6621 3624.
Seniors Week 2002
It was my pleasure to attend and officially launch Casino's Seniors Week
celebrations and I trust the week's activities and organised functions were
enjoyed by all.
Last week at Parliament, I was very honoured to be voted and elected as Deputy
National Party Whip. I also welcome the challenges that this position will bring
together with my appointment to the NSW Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety
(STAYSAFE). In my Staysafe position, I will be advocating a better deal on
country roads and increasing road safety in rural and regional NSW, as well as
providing the opportunity to reinforce School Student Transport Scheme concerns
associated with rural isolation, road issues and transport problems.
Ministerial visits - Watkins, Scully, Costa and Face
The opportunity to welcome both Carl Scully, Minister for Roads and Transport,
John Watkins, Minister for Education and Training, Michael Costa, Minister for
Police and Richard Face, Minister for Gaming and Racing during their recent
visits to the Lismore electorate was appreciated.
Minister Watkins visited Casino High School, as well as launching the Northern
Rivers Employment Skills Project.
It was disappointing that I became aware through unofficial sources that Michael
Costa, made a fleeting visit a couple of weeks ago. However, last week Richmond
Valley Council, Mayor Col Sullivan was part of a delegation who saw the
Minister. During this appointment, I was pleased to be able to present the
Minister with part of the petition (comprising of 5,500 signatures) that was
presented to me by Mrs Susannah Williams at the recent public meeting, the
remainder of this petition will be tabled when Parliament resumes.
Richard Face met this week with Club, Hotel and Race Industry representatives.
Royal Easter Show
I was honoured to be part of the National Party team that hosted a morning tea
and a tour of Parliament House for this year's finalists for the Royal Easter
Show Miss Showgirl and the Rural Achievers Award. Country NSW can be very proud
of our representative, Monique Amor. These finalists are our ambassadors who
help raise the motivation of young people and make a contribution to the
advancement of country communities. Furthermore, I was pleased to attend the
Young Auctioneers Competition and to see local auctioneer, Innes Fahey from
Grafton, judged as the Australian Young Auctioneer.
Inquiry into Hospitals - Quality of Care & Value for Money
The General Purpose Standing Committee is inquiring into and will report upon
the quality of care for public patients and value for money in major
non-metropolitan hospitals. Together with my colleague, The Hon Brian Pezzutti,
I call on constituents, including clinicians, health care workers and private
individuals to participate and have their say on how the Lismore Base Hospital
is performing. A copy of the discussion paper and terms of reference, on this
issue are available from my office upon request. Submissions close 30 April
A Joint Parliamentary Committee has been established to conduct the
investigation into the recent bushfires. The National Party's representative on
the Committee is Rick Colless, MLC. Terms of Reference are available from my
office upon request. It is important that the public - particularly those who
had lost their homes or other property and those involved in the recent
firefighting as well as natural resource and land managers - take the
opportunity to raise their experiences and to make suggestions so action could
be taken to minimise and prevent future risks. I urge any interested parties to
contact Mr Colless by phoning 9230 2397 or by writing to: Room 1117, Parliament
House SYDNEY NSW 2000.
The first operational day of NSW Parliament was used to call on the Carr
Government to amend the Native Vegetation Conservation Act to ease the
inequitable financial burden the Act places on landowners. A recent study by
Associate Professor Sinden of the University of New England has quantified what
farmers in NSW have known since the Native Vegetation Act was introduced in
January 1998 - that the Act is severely affecting their livelihoods. The report
revealed that the Native Vegetation Conservation Act has reduced land values and
has reduced annual incomes dramatically, this loss of income affects not only
farmers, but also the entire community. The Coalition will implement a major
overhaul of the Carr Government's natural resource management legislation should
it win Government in March 2003.
Trustee Members wanted
Applications are being invited from persons interested in being considered for
appointment as a member of the Trust Board to manage the affairs of Collins
Creek, North Codrington Flood Refuge and Woodenbong War Memorial Reserve Trusts.
Applications should be lodged before Tues 2 Aril 2002 with the Land Access Unit
of the Department of Land & Water Conservation, for further information contact
Ph 6640 2061 or my office.
Camphor Laurel Conference
A regional conference on the containment of Camphor Laurel will be held in the
conference rooms at Lismore City Council, Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah on Monday 8
April 2002. Industry representatives, stakeholders and the general public are
invited to be involved. Enquiries can be made direct to the Camphor Laurel
Research Centre, Mr Joe Friend Ph/fax 02 6688 6150.