Casino Show

Express Examiner 25 October 2006

Casino Show

I was pleased and saddened to attend my last Casino Show as the representative for the Casino area. Congratulations to Doug Devitt and Kathryn Ivaschenko and their committee for organising such a successful event for 2006. It was great to see so much support for the Show from exhibitors and the local community.

2007 Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year

Nominations are now open for the 2007 Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year awards. The awards recognise the achievements and leadership of women in business and their local community.

As previous winners have shown, there are many in women in our local community whose contributions, successes and achievements encourage and inspire those around them. Honouring women for their contribution to our communities is an important means of building the confidence and pride of all women, and encourages other women and girls by publicly presenting role models

All nominees will be invited to a presentation function to announce the Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year, who will also be presented with an engraved silver goblet. An invitation will also be extended to the winner to attend the Premier's Reception, (alongside other winners from across NSW) where the NSW Woman of the Year will be announced.

Nominations forms are available from my Electorate Office. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 22 November 2006.

Rehabilitation Unit

I appreciate the support I have received from the community regarding the Rehabilitation Unit. The outcome local representatives and Mayors have been trying to achieve in regard to this issue is to keep the delivery of rightly deserved and greatly needed health services near to Casino residents. Please be assured I will continue to pursue this issue until an appropriate outcome is achieved.

Electorate Boundary Changes in 2007

Electoral redistributions occur periodically to ensure electorates remain similar in population size. Last year it was announced the Lismore electorate would be altered to include Murwillumbah, whilst Casino would become part of the Clarence electorate. Other areas including Lismore, Kyogle, Nimbin and west of the range remain in the Lismore electorate. It should be noted, the revised boundaries do not take effect until the March 2007 State election.

Further information about the redistribution is available from the State Electoral Office website at www.redistribution.seo.nsw.gov.au

Countrylink Booking Fees

It has recently been announced that the current unfair Countrylink Booking Fee imposed by the State Labor Government will be abolished under a Coalition Government in NSW. The fee has placed an unfair financial burden on pensioners using the Countrylink service and in particular those in country areas who often have to travel to essential services.

The fee was introduced in March this year and is 15 per cent of the full adult fare or a minimum of $10 which ever is the greater and is charged on each voucher used. The NSW Coalition will remove this unreasonable booking fee for those travelling on Countrylink pensioner travel vouchers.

Premier's Gala Christmas Concert - Limited Tickets

I have limited tickets available for the Premier's Gala Christmas Concert to be held on Wednesday 6 December 2006 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. There are two sessions, one at 10.30am and another at 2.30pm. Members of Parliament are provided with ten double passes to distribute amongst seniors in our electorate and I have a limited few remaining. Anyone interested in these tickets should contact my office as soon as possible.

HSC Examinations

I would like to extend my good wishes to year twelve students in the area who will commence their final examinations on 19 October. Best of luck to you all and I hope you achieve the results you have worked so hard towards

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