Best wishes for 2006
Express Examiner 25 January 2006
Best wishes for 2006
I hope everyone enjoyed the festive season, gathering with family and friends. I
trust the ensuing year will be prosperous and with many electorate issues
pending, I will be working together with my State and Federal colleagues to
achieve the needs of the Lismore Electorate.
Congratulations to the many students who completed the HSC last year, what a
great accomplishment. Some of you would be now preparing for further studies,
job opportunities and embarking on new adventures. I would like to wish you all
well in your future endeavours and trust that you all follow your chosen journey
into careers and adult life with zest and determination. For those pursuing
employment, the following websites may be useful www.jobs.nsw.gov.au selecting
`NSW Government jobs'.
No New Year Love from Labor
When the clock struck midnight on Sunday it signalled a raft of tax
A land tax increase. A $450,000 valuation will attract $2140 in land tax in
2006, up 18.89% from $1800 payable in 2005.
An increase in Bus fares of up to 7% starting January 3rd
An increase in Ferry fares starting January 3rd
TAFE fees to rise by an average 3.14%
Snow skiers and boarders will pay $22 to access Kosciuszko National Park, up
37.50% from $16 in 2005
National Park annual pass to cost $190 in October 2006, up 31.03% from $145
RTA registration fees to rise. A Commodore will cost $362 to register in
2006, up 2.26% from $354 in 2005
A billion dollar turnaround in the budget, with a half billion dollar
deficit in 06/07
More money towards a wasteful and unwanted $1.3 billion desalination plant
Taxpayers are again being slugged for Labor's economic vandalism and
incompetence. In his limited time as premier, Morris Iemma has levied at least
$700 million of new taxes to try and plug the budget black hole and that trend
is set to continue into the new year. Despite ten years of record revenues,
services are being slashed and infrastructure crumbling.
State Representative Awards
The State Government has instituted an award to recognise people who reach
state representative level in any field. Candidates of any age who have
succeeded in a competitive field such as dance, music, sport, the arts or
academically, and are now representing the state of NSW nationally or
internationally, may apply for the award. See the website
www.premiers.nsw.gov.au/our_library/protocol/InfoSheetStateAward.doc for an
information sheet and application form.
Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year??
I wish to advise that nominations are being sought in relation to the 2006
Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year. There are so many women whose
contributions, successes and achievements encourage and inspire. Honouring women
for their contribution to our communities is an important means of building
confidence and pride of all women, and encourages other women and girls by
publicly presenting role models. Any woman can be nominated, such as a local
teacher, nurse, a businesswoman, author, community worker, mother, volunteer or
a sportsperson. I am encouraging nominations, forms are available from my office
and the closing date has been extended to 25 January, my apologies for the short
notice. Please do not hesitate to contact my office for further enquiries.
NSW Seniors Card - 2006 Local Business Directory
The NSW Seniors Card is a free program with leisure and savings benefits for
retired and semi-retired NSW permanent residents aged over 60. The NSW Seniors
Card provides cardholders with access to NSW public transport concessions and
discounts and benefits at thousands of businesses across NSW. The Seniors Card
Unit produced an annual Discount Directory which was posted to all members
across NSW in November 2005, however of more relevant and practicality, my
office produces a local directory, specifically for the Northern Rivers. This
local directory is currently being updated through our database of businesses
who participate and offer discounts for the NSW Seniors Card. Any business
wishing to know more information or how to participate should contact my office.
Further information concerning the Directory or the Seniors Card program can be
obtained by phoning the Seniors Card Hotline on 1300 364 758 (9am - 5pm week
days), visiting the website at: www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au or emailing: email@example.com.
Seniors Card Membership Applications are available by phoning or calling into my
Electorate Office. They can also be downloaded from the internet site: