Parliamentary Secretary Visit

Express 31 March 04

Parliamentary Secretary Visit

I was pleased to host a visit by Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and the Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Minister for Health, Miss Cherie Burton, MP for the opening of the main Foyer/Reception, Emergency Department Waiting Area, Day Therapy Unit and Aged Respite Day Care refurbishments at the Casino & District Memorial Hospital. In addition, Miss Burton announced funding of, $6,000 for Clovass Community Centre to provide a disabled/pram ramp and shade area; and $4,000 for the Goonellabah Senior Citizens Club to undertake urgent repairs and painting. Both groups were delighted that Miss Burton personally attended functions to advise the organisations and its members of their success.

Primex Launch

It was my pleasure to attend the 2004 Primex Media Launch in Casino last week. In 2004 Primex celebrates its 20th Anniversary exhibition, and this is a remarkable feat as it has grown in exhibitors and economic value to the region. I congratulate John, Bruce and Liz on staff on this achievement that recognises that the success over the last 20 years would not have been possible without the support of their team, the exhibitors and Richmond Valley Council.

A Positive Day: The NSW Dairy Roundtable

The over arching cry from delegates at the NSW Nationals' Dairy Roundtable on 19 February was the need for a positive and united approach to the dairy industry's future. The Roundtable brought together more than 35 key industry players to discuss the difficult situation currently facing the NSW and Australian dairy industry, and what can be done to address these problems. The Roundtable unanimously agreed on the following resolution:

This Roundtable is committed to cooperation across the supply chain, and the growth of a domestically and internationally competitive, innovative and sustainable dairy industry.

We agree that the industry must work together to:

increase cooperation and communication across the supply chain, expand beyond traditional markets, increase transparency in pricing, pursue collective bargaining processes, tackle issues of innovation and value adding, reduce freight and input costs, respond to changing consumer demands, commit to animal health and biosecurity as absolute priorities

The Nationals are committed to taking this resolution forward with action and cooperation. For a copy of the Roundtable minutes, please contact my office.

2003 Election Anniversary

22 March 2004 was the first anniversary of the 2003 State Election and during the week it was the ninth anniversary of Carr's election to Government. Part of the reason the Carr Government has been under so much pressure is because of the teamwork, unity and discipline that is being shown by The Nationals and the Liberals.

Causley Congratulations

On behalf of the Lismore Electorate and my staff, I congratulate Ian and June Causley on their 20 years of political service. Ian, formerly a State Member and Minister of the Greiner/Murray Government served the Casino area for a number of years before venturing into Federal Parliament. Many past colleagues and acquaintances attended paying tribute to Ian and June on this special occasion.

$45,065 for Sporting Organisations

Seven Lismore Electorate sporting organisations will certainly benefit from assistance announced recently under the 2003/2004 Capital Assistance Program. Many projects benefited and the following are local successful applicants;

$4,645 for the extension of courts and upgrading of fencing and lighting at Cawongla District Tennis and Recreation Centre $3,000 for the upgrading completion of the junior playing field and improvements to the surface of existing fields at Nimbin Headers Sport Fields $20,000 for the construction of an amenities block, canteen and storeroom at Crawford Square Park $3,000 for the construction of cattle grid and concrete footpaths for easier access for disabled members at Casino Rifle Range

Government sells 3 more NSW Ag Research Stations

It was revealed recently that the Carr Government has decided to sell off a further 3 Department of Agriculture Research Stations. There are: the highly respected sheep research unit, Shannon Vale field station on the eastern side of Glenn Innes, part of Pearces Creek field Station near Wollongbar and the Murwillumbah cattle tick station. Once the State looses research facilities like these, there's no way we will get it back.

Losing track of legal gun owners and firearms

It has been revealed the Carr Government's register of legal gun owners and firearms is in disarray with no record of some supposedly "registered" weapons. Bob Carr can't even get paperwork done for legal gun owners, its no wonder criminals run rings around the government. I share the anger of legal gun owners who have found out that their weapons aren't registered, as they thought, all because the Carr Government's registry is incompetent.

Senior Card Local Business Directory

The new revised version of the 2004 Local Business Directory has been supplied to those registered with my office. Anyone who has not already received a copy direct, should contact my staff.

Contact Details:

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