Draft Native Vegetation Regulation

Express Examiner 24 November 2004

Draft Native Vegetation Regulation

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources (DIPNR) is calling for comments on the way native vegetation will be managed in NSW. The draft regulation and supporting documents are currently on exhibition and will guide the implementations of the Native Vegetation Act 2003. Three key documents are on exhibition; Draft Native Vegetation Regulation 2004
Draft Environmental Outcomes Assessment Methodology
Regulatory Impact Statement

A support package is available and written submissions close 5 pm on Tuesday 21 December and can be lodged at nativeveg@dipnr.nsw.gov.au, fax 02 9762 8701, or post to Native Vegetation Reform Submissions, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, GPO Box 39 Sydney NSW 2001. The above information can be downloaded from www.dipnr.nsw.gov.au.

Muli Muli Water Supply

In Parliament recently, I questioned the Minister for Energy & Utilities as to why the water supply projects at Urbenville, Woodenbong and Muli Muli had been pushed down the priority list and the subsidy cut when the water supply is worse than most third world countries. I am pleased to now advise that since raising this matter, Minister Sartor has informed me he has moved the projects ranking up from six to three.

New Portable Humidicrib for Base

Following concerns expressed to me regarding the separation of a mother and her baby, The Nationals raised a question in Parliament last week, highlighting the need to audit hospital equipment and prevent this situation occurring again. Thankfully, the Minister expressed his apology and a new humidicrib arrived at the Lismore Base Hospital on Wednesday last week. The use of outdated and defective equipment would not be tolerated in a Sydney hospital, so why should we!

Local Students

Many students who completed the HSC this year would be now preparing for further studies, job opportunities and embarking on new adventures. I would like to wish you all well in your future endeavours and trust that you all follow your chosen journey into careers and adult life with zest and determination. For those pursuing employment, the following websites may be useful www.jobs.nsw.gov.au and www.daa.dwps.nsw.gov.au selecting `NSW Government jobs'.

Churchill Trust

The Churchill Trust is now calling for applications for 2005 application round. Each year the Churchill Trust awards about 100 Fellowships at an average cost of about $20,000 each. The Fellowship includes airfares, fees and a living allowance. Successful applications spend about eight weeks overseas investigating topics that will benefit Australia and add to Australia's knowledge base. The applications are open to Australians 18 years and over for fellowships to be awarded in June 2005 for travel from 1 September 2005. There are no prescribed qualifications. The merit of the proposal is the primary test and a desire to share the results of the fellowship study with the community. Closing date for applications with references is Monday, February 28, 2005. Full details of the fellowships and application forms can be obtained from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust by contacting their National Office on Freecall 1800 777 231 or at the website: www.churchilltrust.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