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 honour.

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 recognised.

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.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.