State Matters with Steve Cansdell

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Phone: 6643 1244

Fax: 6642 7574

Address: 11 Prince Street, Grafton, 2460



Christmas greetings

Firstly, my staff and I would like to wish all readers and their families a merry Christmas and a very happy 2007.

If I could offer some Christmas advice it is to be very careful on our roads. Sadly we are well on track to again exceed 500 deaths on NSW roads in 2006, so knock a few kms off and arrive alive.

2007 could be a great year for the North Coast especially if we change the State Government on March 24. After 12 long years of NSW Labor Party rule, North Coast hospitals are in crisis, North Coast roads are still unsafe, North Coast police are stretched to the limit and our schools are hot and overcrowded.

The State Labor Government is getting huge revenues from its numerous tax hikes and all the GST money, yet NSW is sliding into recession. No amount of Labor spin, recycled State Plans and covering up of ministerial scandals is going to fix this we need a Liberal/Nationals Government next March to pull the state back from the brink.

Christmas is about giving

Are you stuck for a Christmas gift idea? Cant decide what to give someone who seems to have everything? Consider making a donation on your loved ones behalf to the Lions Give Back appeal.

Thousands of country families are doing it tough at the moment with 92.7 per cent of the state in drought and many will struggle to make ends meet over Christmas and the New Year.

Donations to the appeal can be made at any branch of the Westpac Bank or you can send your cheque to the Lions Give Back Appeal, PO Box 175, West Pennant Hills, NSW, 2125.

Every single dollar will go to rural Lions Clubs working to help drought affected communities. Country Lion Clubs will direct the funds to the worst affected families in the regions most in need.

My office will close at noon this Friday and re-open on Monday, January 8.

Once again, have a safe and happy holiday season.

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