Bill Rixon - a Tribute
The Kyogle News May 99
It is fitting that I pay tribute to and thank the former Member, Bill Rixon,
his wife Merrilyn, their family and his staff through your "TKN". The Kyogle
community should be very proud, as each and everyone has played a part in
developing and supporting Bill during his time as Member for Lismore. Bill is
truly the "son" of Kyogle.
Bill has gained respect and honour which is a tribute to the way he and his team
has represented the Lismore Electorate over the last 11 years. I would also like
to thank Bernadette and Bronwyn for their commitment to constituents. Bernadette
is on maternity leave and I wish her and her family well for the future.
It is a unique opportunity that Rhonda and I have been given, which is very
humbling and I envisage it will be extremely challenging. Yet, I have already
experienced the wonderful feeling of accomplishment and reward through helping
people in the community. Representing our "home turf" is indeed moving and a real
As your member, I pledge my commitment to ensuring this area is respected for
its contribution to NSW and the value of industries and businesses is
I had the pleasure, as your representative, of attending the Anzac Day ceremony
in Casino and was humbled to be part of the important day of remembrance. This
is indeed one of the most significant days on our calendar where we honour men
and women who served for their country. This was further recognised by the
presentation of the 80th Anniversary of Armistice Day medal to World War I
digger Sam Claydon.
The most important rural issue facing the Electorate is the designating of
control zones for Johne's Disease, which will take in the Casino and
Tweed-Lismore Rural Lands Protection Board areas. My active involvement in
agricultural issues has been recognised with my recent appointment as Chairman
of the Shadow Agricultural Advisory Committee.
I will conduct regular interviews at Casino and Kyogle and also at other times,
I will visit Bonalbo, Old Bonalbo, Urbenville, Legume, Woodenbong, Grevillia,
and Wiangaree. Further details on these visits will be advertised or can be
obtained by contacting my office.
In the meantime, I am available for appointments at my office: Suite 1, AZA
Complex, 114 Keen Street, Lismore, telephone 6621 3624. My staff, Karen and
Bronwyn will be only too pleased to offer assistance and guidance.
For constituent interest, the following forms are available from my office:
1999 RAHS (Royal Australian Historical Society) Local History & Archives Grants
Program. Closure: 28 May 1999.
1999 NSW Landcare Awards. Closure: 15 June 1999.