Knowles' Health Stop In Lismore

The Kyogle News January 00

I trust everyone enjoyed the festive season and I relished the opportunity to attend many community gatherings. Rhonda and I extend our regards to all for the New Year. My resolution for the year 2000 is to continue pursuing the Carr Government for funding for our region's health and road systems.

Knowles' Health Stop In Lismore

Changes by the Northern Rivers Area Health Service to Casino Hospital are not purely budgetary. During a recent visit, the Minister for Health explained changes are being carried out on efficiency grounds as well. I met with the Minister; again reinforcing the inadequate allocations for health services is an ongoing problem. The Minister came to get "a feel" for local concerns, and after these discussions I feel confident that part of the funding shortfall should be addressed in the near future. Also in February, I expect the release of the Ministerial Advisory Committee Report, which may hopefully come with good news for Kyogle.

Nursery Owners Beware

I am concerned about proposed legislation being introduced by the Minister for Land & Water Conservation, The Hon Richard Amery. A number of concerns, about the Horticultural Stock and Nurseries Act, from industry representatives have been expressed to me. I invite all nursery owners to have input into the legislation and with copies of the "Review of the Horticultural Stock and Nurseries Act" available from my office.

Fishing Confusion

With many fishing enthusiasts visiting our region, people throughout NSW are experiencing confusion over contradictory practices of the Carr Government in allowing fishing in some town water supplies, but not others. Recreational fishing is allowed in some town water supplies, irrigation supplies and power station supplies. Furthermore, NSW Fisheries stocks some water storage's throughout NSW, but not others. Summarising the absurdity of the current policy is that not only fishing allowed in some locations that aren't stocked, but also fishing is prohibited in some locations that are stocked.

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.