Rural Doctors

The Kyogle News August 00

Rural Doctors

The heartening story about Andrew Hart of Tabulam highlighted the schemes available to rural students interested in medicine and the scholarships that encourage their return to rural or remote areas. A new Website has been launched that offers rural students a one-stop shop information on health scholarships. Locally the Dr Vasan Rural Medical Memorial Scholarship Fund realises a similar personal vision of the late Dr Vasan.

Capital Assistance Program Forms Available

Guidance notes and application forms for the 2000/2001 Capital Assistance Program (CAP) with closing date of 25 August, 2000 are available from my office.

Farm Pesticides

Significant fines came into effect early July under the farm pesticides legislation. The prosecutable offences definition has been widened and prima facie case can be sufficient to incur penalties instead of the need to prove intent or a lack of reasonable care. Presently, I am pursuing assistance for the safe disposal of out of date chemicals. Furthermore, there are subsidies available for people wishing to undertake educational farm pesticide courses.

Sport Smart Development Workshops

The North Coast Academy of Sport is running a local workshop at the Southern Cross University on 6 August 2000. The workshop is aimed at 13-18 years who are interested in improving in their sport. Parents and coaches are encouraged, cost is $20 for athletes and $10 for adults. Further enquiries can be made through the Academy office on 6620 3073.

Country City Network

Recently, I attended the official launch of the newest branch of the NSW Farmers Association, the Country City Network (CCN). The network is designed to bring together young professionals in Sydney who all share a rural background. CCN aims to bring together people with common interests in rural and regional issues and to formulate ideas that may be channelled through the NSW Farmers Association's Youthlink Committee.

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:

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