CTC Asthma CD Launch

Express Examiner 30 June 2005

CTC Asthma CD Launch

I was honoured to launch the CD commissioned for the Asthma Foundation of Australia by Kyogle on asthma management CD. The project researched key messages, developed a script and designed a multimedia CD around asthma management as advised by the asthma foundation. I was also pleased to present a cheque from the Minister for Community Services and Minister for Youth, The Hon Reba Meagher to buy additional video equipment to enable the CTC to be used on youth orientated projects associated at the centre.

Funds for Youth

Casino Girls Brigade - I recently attended the Casino Girls Brigade gathering and presented a Pioneer Pin to Carrie Bailey to recognise four years of work and devotion. Over four years, Carrie earned one award each year for researching and compiling a project book, as well as completing a practical component. Soon after, I had another opportunity to attend a morning tea held by the Casino Girls Brigade community to present a cheque to assist the organisation in attaining much needed camping equipment.
Clunes & Kyogle Girl Guides - both local Guide units also received funds for recreational activities and camping.
Funds were made available from Ms Reba Meagher, Minister for Youth to assist youth groups in gaining or replacing necessary equipment for the benefit and use by their members.

Review of Plantations & Reafforestation Legislation

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning & Natural Resources is reviewing the Plantations & Reafforestation Act 1999 and Reafforestation (Code) Regulation 2001. Interested parties are encouraged to provide comment and suggestions on how the legislation can be improved. Copies of the discussion paper and submission form can be obtained from www.dipnr.nsw.gov.au or 1300 305 695. Submissions close 1 August 2005.

Inquiry into Skills Shortages in Rural & Regional NSW

The Legislative Council Standing Committee on State Development is calling for submissions to an inquiry into skills shortages in rural & regional NSW. Copies of the terms of reference are available from my office or www.parliament.nsw.gov.au. The closing date is 5 August 2005.

14 Local Athletes Receive Funding

I was pleased to announce assistance totalling $8,500 had been provided to nine local athletes under the 2005 Country Athletes Scheme. The North Coast area is promoting and developing talented sportspeople, who are receiving due recognition to their commitment and determination in their chosen sport. The following sportspeople received assistance;






Tyson Hussien
Joel Parrey
Tasman Wales
Brendan Shailes
Niki Clough
Rosalyn Lawrence
Emma Behan
Amy Behan
Abbey Moss

The contribution to these rural athletes assist towards expenses that they have incurred during representation at a State level. Congratulations to the above successful applicants.

Recognition for Country Coaches & Officials

$5,250 has been allocated to 10 individual sports people under the 2005 Country Coaches & Officials Scheme, I announced recently. Such recognition to country athletes in the Lismore electorate by the Minister for Sport & Recreation is testimony to the talent and scope of ability in rural areas. The following people have received funding as a contribution to expenses to access opportunities to participate in education courses that assist them in gaining or maintaining required accreditation:

Jodie Behan
Mahala Klotz
Sharon Williamson
Bronwyn Wilson
Pamela Behan
Stephen Clough
Charlie Laidlaw
Todd Usher
Dean Marshall
Matthew Barlow


NSW Gymnastic Assoc
NSW Gymnastic Assoc
NSW Gymnastic Assoc
NSW Gymnastic Assoc
NSW Gymnastic Assoc
NSW Softball Assoc
Judo Federation of Australia
NSW Karate Federation
NSW Karate Federation
NSW Rugby Union

The Scheme is vital in its role in assisting with the expenses that many rural people are faced with in updating coaching and official training.

NRMA Motoring & Services' Better Roads Panel

Last year, as part as of their Safe Roads initiative, NRMA held a series of forums in regional NSW to talk to local councils, industry, community leaders and local motorists about what road issues concerned them. There is a very strong link between quality roads and a healthy regional economy. Better roads both save lives and help build important regional industries such as tourist, freight and primary industry. By forming a Better Roads Panel in each of the nine key regions, NRMA plans to explore the link between roads and regional economics. This panel was launched recently by Deputy Director (former Member and Minister for Roads) Wendy Machin, which will aim to influence government policy on local roads. Members of the community are invited to have their say on local road issues by forwarding submission to NRMA C/- Lisa McGill, Level 23, 388 George Street SYDNEY NSW 2000 or by email to betterroads@mynrma.com.au.

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: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.