Casino Village

Express Examiner May 02

Casino Village

I congratulate Mayor Col Sullivan and the Richmond Valley Council on the announcement of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) Casino Village to be developed on part of the Casino Airport land. This is a major achievement for Casino and virtually will bolster the economy immediately. The Village will now create another national focal point on Casino. Members of the Motorhome Association now will have somewhere to call home and what better town could they have selected. Once the village is developed it will encompass all the elements of the finest parks both here and overseas, offering a range of sites that include a section where members can `retire' from the road. This will have an ongoing benefit to Casino and the surrounding areas providing further financial benefits with a flow on effect to benefit the whole community.

Beef Week

Once again I was pleased to be part of Casino's Beef Week celebrations, attending a lot of the events with last Saturday being the highlight of another successful year. The Led Steers were of outstanding quality and reflected what Beef Week and the district is all about. Congratulations to Terry Serone, Sandra Humphrys, the Committee, sponsors and everyone who made Beef Week 2002 very memorable.

Police Accountability Community Teams (PACT)

Following a delegation that I took to meet with Police Minister, Michael Costa, the Richmond Local Area Command has now been selected as the only country/regional command in NSW to conduct this pilot program. I have now had the pleasure of attending the inaugural meeting to establish PACT in Casino/Kyogle and Lismore. Any concerns relating to policing in the area will also now be referred to this Committee as well as the normal process.

Mobile Blood Bank

I was pleased to have assisted in the restoring of Red Cross Blood Bank, in Casino collections will be monthly at the Community Health Centre and in Kyogle three monthly at the A& E department. Re-establishment of these services are of great benefit for the community as a whole and the Australian Red Cross Blood Bank Collection. It is also an appropriate time to recognise the importance and significance of all donors. Congratulations to all donors and the volunteers associated with the Red Cross Blood Bank Service.

Community Development Grants

The Community Relations Division is inviting applications for funding. The aim of the program is to encourage the participation of people from culturally diverse communities in all aspects of life in NSW. Projects will be funded on a competitive basis to not-for-profit community organisations. Applications forms are available from my office or www.crc.nsw.gov.au. Closing date is 26 July 2002.

Sports - Capital Assistance Grants

Once again the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) is calling for applications for capital assistance grants. Applications must be lodged with the local office of the DSR. The grants are on a 50:50 basis to assist with the development of local community sporting and recreational facilities. Application forms are available from my Electorate Office; or by visiting the Department's website at www.dsr.nsw.gov.au and closing date is 10 July 2002.

Richmond Regional Vegetation Management Plan

A two-day meeting was held recently to consider the community feedback to the plan after public consultation. Several landholder observers attended the meeting with other representatives. The result of the meeting was positive and after considerable strong debate, most of the community concerns were addressed and a compromise position has been achieved mostly by consensus. At present a socio-economic report is being conducted before finalising the plan.

Pollies for Small Business Day

During the month of May - which is Small Business Month, I enjoyed the opportunity to undertake `work experience' at various businesses. In Casino, I participated at Casino Mitre 10, meeting many people and it was a great opportunity to renew past experiences, enable my interaction with local small business owners and also meet many people who were not be expecting to be greeted by their local member.

Woodenbong to Legume Road funding

$500,000 funding has been provided to Tenterfield Shire Council to upgrade the Woodenbong to Legume Road. These funds will be matched by Council to provide improvements at two locations and several more curves in the road will be removed with a realignment of the road 2 klms east of Legume.

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