Community Crime Reporting
Express Examiner 30 August 2006
Parliament resumed this week following the winter recess. It will now sit
until the end of the year. This will be the last sitting period before the next
Community Crime Reporting
I encourage members of the Casino community to continue reporting crimes. At a
recent (Police Accountability Community Team) PACT meeting it was pointed out
that unless members of the community report crimes, proper statistics cannot be
kept, which makes it difficult to lobby for extra police. It is vital the
community assists police by contacting them if they suspect an offence, which in
turn could provide intelligence in helping the officers to solve crime.
Casino Weir Consultations
I have been advised by Norco that they have distributed a letter to Casino
residents regarding the removal of the Casino weir. Members of the community
seeking further information in this regard can contact Elvin Robb, Manager
Infrastructure and Property at Norco on 6627 8018 or the Richmond Valley
Pollies for Small Business Day
For Pollies for Small Business Day last week, I took part in some work
experience at a local caf‚ and a rural store. As a former business owner, I
certainly appreciated the opportunity to spend some time with local small
business owners and get a better understanding of the current issues they face
each day in their businesses, particularly in regard to the amount of red tape
caused by decisions of government.
Area Assistance Scheme Grant Applications Now Open
Community based organisations seeking grants are encouraged to apply for the
2006 funding round for the Area Assistance Scheme (AAS). The Area Assistance
Scheme (AAS) provides grants to community based organisations for community
development projects that connect communities through partnerships, build
community leadership and capacity or promote safer communities.
The 2006 funding round opened on 5 August 2006 and closes on 6 September 2006.
You can check eligibility and obtain further information by contacting my office
or from the AAS website at www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au/aas
Setting Up Local Health Boards
The NSW Coalition has announced a plan to give rural hospitals more say in the
way they are run and make health services more responsive to the local community
by setting up District Health Boards whose directors will be local community
Under Labor, the NSW health system has ballooned into a massive bureaucracy run
from Sydney. This is a big issue for people in the Casino area who rightly feel
health is imposed on them from the city with little understanding of what
smaller, rural hospitals need to deliver good service. Replacing Labor's
centralised health structure with a local district boards will free up money to
go to frontline services.
Having more community involvement in local hospitals will ensure a fairer
distribution of resources between larger city hospitals and smaller country
hospitals. The plan allows local communities to 'take back' their hospitals and
health services and should be warmly welcomed in this area.
Seniors Week Awards
Applications are now open for 2007 Seniors Week Achievement Awards program. The
awards recognise seniors from across the State for their contribution to the
development of the community, for their leadership and for their initiative. The
awards provide an opportunity to formally thank older people for the
contribution that they make to the quality of life in our State. A group of
individual can be nominated in one of the following categories;
Health & Well-Being,
Community Service and Volunteering,
Up to 60 awards are available for outstanding nominations. Nomination forms are
available from my office. The closing date for nominations is yet to be advised.