Senior Citizens Week Grants

Express 25 February 04

Senior Citizens Week Grants

The following local organisations were included in the successful Lismore Electorate applications to enhance celebrations of Seniors Week 2004. The theme this year is "Best Time for Ages" and activities will be held 14 -21 March 2004.

$2,500 Casino Neighbourhood Centre - The ATSI Healthy Ageing and Wellbeing $1,000 Casino/Kyogle HACC Flexible Service Inc - Seniors Month of March Celebrations 2004 "A Time to Remember" $500 Richmond Valley Council - Seniors of the World $500 Upper Clarence Valley Seniors Week Committee - Cabaret and Concert

Youth Week 2004

Local Councils have received funding assistance to undertake activities and events during this year's Youth Week celebrations. Minister Tebbutt encourages all young people to get involved and celebrate Youth Week 2004.
Richmond Valley Council $1000 Kyogle Council $1000

2004 Election of Board of Tick Control Members

The Electoral Commissioner for NSW as Returning Officer is to conduct elections for six members of the Board of Tick Control. Nominations are invited for the position of representatives of owners of stock from each district (Bangalow, Casino, Kyogle, Lismore, Tweed & West of Richmond Range). A person has the prescribed qualifications to stand as a candidate or nominate a candidate if:

on the date fixed for the close of nominations (2 March 2004) or at any time during the 12 months before that date, the person owned cattle kept within the electoral district to which the elections relates; and at any time during the 18 months before the date the person paid an animal health rate levied on the person under the Rural Lands Protection Act 1989 in respect of cattle kept within the electorate district to which the election relates.

Nomination forms and Statutory Declarations in Support of Candidature may be obtained from the Board of Tick Control, Wollongbar; Cattle Tick Control Office, Woodenbong & Kyogle; Tweed/Lismore Rural Lands Protection Board, Lismore; Court House, Ballina; Rural Lands Protection Board, Casino. Completed nomination forms and statutory declarations in support of candidature must be lodged with the Returning Officer, State Electoral Office no later than noon, Tuesday 2 March 2004.

IPTASS Petition

The Nationals have launched a petition calling on the Carr Labor Government to review the criterion country cancer patients had to meet to access financial assistance under the NSW Isolated Patients' Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS). In order to qualify for financial assistance in NSW, cancer patients must travel in excess of 200 kilometres one way for treatment, whereas in South Australia and Victoria, the distance is 100 kilometres, and in Queensland it is 50 kilometres. These distance criteria are the toughest in Australia and this inequity is simply unfair. The petition also called on the Sydney Labor Government to give patients the chance to choose their own specialist. Patients are currently required to see only their nearest treating specialist. This not only restricts patients' access to the best available treatment but also fails to take into account that the waiting times for the nearest specialist may be sky high. These conditions meant rural and regional cancer patients faced an unfair financial burden and were detrimentally affected by waiting times, varying quality of care and an inability to participate in clinical trials. The petition for a better deal for cancer patients in country areas had the support of a number of cancer advocacy and support groups. I would strongly encourage people to come into my office or call for a copy to join the State-wide push for a fair go for country cancer patients.

2003 Environmental Trust Grants

I was pleased to present certificates to local organisations following advice from the Minister for the Environment, that the Lismore Electorate received funding totalling $129,919; $44,899 Local Aboriginal Land Council for a Junbung walkway and Richmond River rehabilitation project in Casino.
$10,300 Gugin Guddaba Local Aboriginal Land Council for a Bundjalung Lagoon Restoration Project.
$5,000 Blackhorse Creek Rainforest Restoration Group for a restoration project.

Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday 7 March. Anyone can organise a Clean Up site. It's as easy as identifying a local park, the street you live in, a waterway or bushland that needs to be cleaned up. To register your site visit or phone 1800 024 890 and you will be sent a free Clean Up Kit. Business Clean Up Day is Tuesday 2 March and Schools Clean Up Day is Friday 5 March.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.