State Matters with Steve Cansdell
Phone: 6643 1244
Fax: 6642 7574
Address: 11 Prince Street, Grafton, 2460
Last chance to nominate local Woman of the Year
Nominations close on Friday for the Clarence Electorate Woman of the Year. The Clarence electorate includes most of the Clarence and Richmond Valleys.
The winner will be invited to Sydney for a reception on International Womans Day (March 8 2007) where she will meet the outgoing (I hope!) Premier and receive a gift certificate.
Last year we recognised legendary Grafton business owner and charity champion Pegg Maven who will be a tough act to follow. I would again be particularly keen to salute a local woman with outstanding credentials in community service.
The theme for 2007 is Valuing Difference/Leading Change. This theme encompasses those achievements that women have made towards championing diversity, leading the community towards respect and responsibility, and exploring new directions in innovation.
People wishing to nominate someone should call my office.
Time to tackle the ice age
Recovered addicts of the methamphetamine drug ice would tell school children how the drug had ruined their life as a condition of their rehabilitation program, under a proposal I am encouraging the Coalition leadership to adopt as an election policy.
Illegal drugs have long been ruining kids lives, but the new generation of chemical drugs like ice are deadlier and cheaper than anything we have seen before. This is not just happening in Sydney; the crisis is already on our doorstep.
Many former young drug addicts whose recovery has been made possible by the taxpayer would welcome the opportunity to give something back to the community by sharing, under supervision, their personal experience of the tragedy of drugs with school kids.
CCTV for Grafton CBD
I am also working on a policy that will deliver CCTV systems for Grafton and towns in the Lower Clarence.
With advances in technology these systems are becoming ever more affordable and effective. Lismore mayor Merv King says crime in his CBD has fallen dramatically since the introduction of their system back in 1999.
The newer intelligent systems are event-activated, meaning they require less monitoring and also include features such as public address system urging troublemakers to move on.