Woman of the Year

Express Examiner 1 March 2006

Woman of the Year

I was pleased to host the Lismore Electorate Woman of the year presentation last week, where eighteen worthy nominees were recognised for their hard work in the local community.

Nominees have contributed to the community through a range of volunteer activities and by contributing to local organizations. Whilst Bronwyn Watson was awarded 2006 Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year for her work within the deaf community, I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the nominees and thank them for their contribution to our local area.

The nominees were; Bronwyn Watson, Rebekka Battista, Lynette Bolin, Janet Gates, Lisa Gava, Julie Gerrish, Mandie Hale, Christine Hartley, Helen Hargreaves, Jenny London, Judith Light, Diana Roberts, Lorelle Schrofler, Dot Smith, Shirley Smith, Liz Terracini, Colette Tierney, Gloria Wilton.

Investiture of Casino Student Leaders

I would like to pass on my best wishes to students inducted as school leaders for 2006. Student leaders take on the special job of being a role model for the student body and their job is both a responsibility and an honour. Congratulations to those taking on a position and all the best for the year ahead.

$40,800 in Sporting Grants for Local Organisations

Five Lismore electorate sporting organizations will benefit from $40,800 worth of assistance under the 2005/06 Capital Assistance Program recently announced by the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, the Hon. Sandra Nori.

The projects receiving funding this year include; $3000 for the installation of security fencing and light pole safety padding at Casino Town Tennis Court.
$10,000 for the installation of artificial grass on tennis courts at Green Pigeon Community Centre Reserve Trust
$7000 for the provision of new playground equipment at Crawford Square
$5800 for the construction of young children's playground including sunshade at Federal Community Park
$15000 towards the upgrading of lighting at Riverview Park

The Capital Assistance Program is an important source of funding for local sporting organizations and helps to develop community sporting and recreational facilities in the local area. The specific aim of the program is to work in partnership with the general sporting community and to support groups who have shown they are also prepared to help themselves.

Rural Fire Service

It has recently been revealed that the State Government's claim that there are currently 70,000 volunteer fire fighters in NSW is incorrect and the true figure is closer to 45,000.

This is a problem because not only does the Iemma Government uses the figure of 70,000 to justify maintaining a salaried staff of more than 650 in the Rural Fire Service, but its also gives a false sense of security about the true fire fighting capabilities in the event of blazes.

Fire fighters are being further let down by reductions in the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) fire-fighting budget. The State Government's recurrent funding for the six million hectare National Park estate has fallen in real terms by 4.3 per cent over the past two years, yet the National Park estate has continued to grow.

It is vital that our hard working Rural Fire Service resources are properly assessed and the State Government assists where it can by ensuring proper hazard reduction is undertaken in NSW's Nationals Parks.

Visiting State Parliament

Residents of the Lismore Electorate visiting Sydney can now take a free public tour of Parliament House on the first Thursday of each month between 1pm and 2pm (next tour 2 March 2006.)

The tour visits both the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council and includes commentary on the history and heritage of the building and how our system of Government works. Parliament House is located in Macquarie Street opposite Martin Place. No bookings are necessary, however further information about the tours can be obtained by calling Parliament House on 9230 2047 or by contacting my office.

NSW Rape Crisis Centre

The NSW Rape Crisis Centre provides a state-wide twenty four hour telephone and online crisis intervention, support and referral service for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. One of the services provided by the service is Rape Crisis Online. This Internet service is aimed at young people who want information before deciding to ring for help. It can be accessed at www.nswrapecrisis.com.au

Sexual Assault is a criminal act of violence, which has an immediate and lasting impact on the victim. Their recovery is dependent on the support and resources offered around them after the event. Support and information from a sexual assault counsellor is also available at any time of the day by calling 1800 424 017.

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