Opposition Leaders Visit
Express 25 August 04
Opposition Leaders Visit
On Monday this week, I hosted a visit to the Lismore Electorate by Leader of the
NSW Liberals, Mr John Brogden and Leader of The Nationals, Andrew Stoner as part
of their country bus tour. The Coalition Leaders visited the Lismore the
Coalition Leaders, were shown the appalling conditions of the Lismore Police
station. Once again I am calling on the NSW Labor Government to immediately fund
a new police station. In the State Budget, Labor identified Lismore as one of 27
police stations on its "high priority list" but no funding was allocated for any
of the stations on the list.
Rail Announcement Treats North Coast People As Fools
The political stunt by Labor relating to the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line
announcement is treating the people of the North Coast like fools. Labor in NSW
has a long history of making promises and breaking them. Last December, Bob Carr
and Transport Minister, Michael Costa, promised a 12 month moratorium on the
loss of any CountryLink rail services, including the Murwillumbah and Casino XPT.
Months later they axed the service. Shadow Transport Minister Mr Mike Gallacher
is calling the announcement `a massive con', posing the question "why would a
Federal Government pay $15 million to fund a State Government rail line".
Federal and NSW Labor have no intention of ever fulfilling this promise. Just a
short time ago, Minister for Transport Services, Michael Costa, told the people
of the North Coast the cost of their rail service was not sustainable. Only the
NSW Liberal/National Coalition has pledged to re-open the Casino to Murwillumbah
line - regardless of who wins the Federal election.
Seniors Week 2005
"The Best Time for Ages!" is the theme for 2005 Seniors Week program with the
aim of the program to assist the development and/or organization of local
Seniors Week Projects and activities which is held between 13 and 30 March next
year. Copies of application forms and accompanying funding application handbooks
are available from my office.
Anglican Service - On Sunday, I was present at the Anglican service celebrating
the centenary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Nave of St Andrew's
Anglican Church in Lismore. This special occasion was well attended by
parishioners and local community members.
Farewell to Father Hackett - I was pleased to attend and join with the Casino
community to show appreciation of Fr Hacketts' contribution, not only to the
Catholic Church, but also to the ecumenical community in Casino.
The opening of Country Week was held last week in Sydney over three days at
Olympic Park. It is a promotion designed to highlight the many opportunities
available to Sydney businesses and residents by relocating to rural and regional
NSW. Numerous North Coast Councils were represented at the Expo, all selling the
message that rural and regional NSW is a fantastic place to invest, live and
work. Sadly the Northern Rivers area was not represented. This campaign has the
potential to help stem the population drift from the country to the city. The
County Week concept was part of The Nationals' regional development policy at
the last election. As part of this launch, the Nationals hosted a BBQ in Sydney
showcasing country produce, including products from the Lismore Electorate, to
mark the beginning of Country Week. My contribution from the Lismore Electorate
was Premium Beef from Casino. Other produce on offer included Macadamia nuts and
coffee from the Ballina and Byron Bay areas and Clarence River Fishing
Co-operative Prawns from Clarence.
Kyogle and Casino to Lismore Bus Service
Kirklands buslines in conjunction with Northern Rivers Community Transport have
added another benefit to the standard Friday bus run from Kyogle to Lismore via
Casino. Elderly residents of Kyogle or people with a disability, will be able to
be picked up from their home if needed and dropped off at selected destinations
in Lismore eg Hospitals, doctor's surgery etc.
"Indent" One Off Grants
This is an organisation called Independent entertainment network for young
people in NSW. You can apply for up to $2,000 per gig, festival or event
happening after September 10 this year. Further information can be obtained by
2005 Macquarie Bank Indigenous Scholarship
Applications for this scholarship are now open and is merit-based and open to
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who can demonstrate a developed
interest in directing, producing, screenwriting or documentary. Application
forms can be downloaded www.aftrs.edu.au
Small Grants for Small Rural Communities
A small grants program for small rural Australian communities is offering grants
again this year to benefit not-for-profit organisations in rural and remote
communities. For more information www.frrr.org.au or call 1800 170 020.