State Budget

The Kyogle News May 00

State Budget

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 Jumbunna.

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.

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.