The Kyogle News May 00
The NSW Budget was a disappointment to the Lismore Electorate and
regional NSW. Continued recognition in receiving the balance of funding
of $1.9M for the Lismore Drug & Alcohol Detoxification facility was a
positive. Of further concern, is the uncertainty surrounding the
additional funding, as promised in April, by Minister Craig Knowles.
Frontline services have never been under more pressure with hospital waiting
lists blown-out, overnight care and rehabilitation becoming vulnerable.
The First Home Plus Scheme should encourage first home purchases and
also assist in stimulating the housing industry. This scheme will
operate in addition to the new Federal First Home Owner Grant Scheme. It involves full or partial exemptions on conveyance and mortgage duty for first home or land buyers in NSW
for contracts signed on or after 1 July 2000.
$40,000 for Jumbunna
A successful submission for funding for early intervention services
has received a recurrent allocation of $40,000. The funds will be used
to expand parent/infant and outreach programs in the Casino/Kyogle area
and expended specifically on children aged 0 to 6 enrolled in Early
Childhood Intervention Services. I was very pleased with this allocation
to such a worthy organisation which will be of immense benefit to the
many local children and families utilising the valuable services at
Premier's Seniors Achievement Award 2000
Recognises seniors who are making an outstanding contribution towards
community development, leadership and change. Of particular interest
are seniors who are helping to bring about positive social change and
are working to provide a lasting legacy for their communities.
Nominations close 23 June 2000.
Free Needles for Diabetics
From 1 June 2000 diabetics will be able to receive free needles.
Trust Board Vacancy
Toonumbar Public Recreation Reserve Trust. Closing date 19 June 2000.
Capital Assistance Program
Application forms will be available soon.
I am planning to visit the West of the Range towns in July.
For further details please contact my office on 6621 3624.