Thomas GeorgeMember for LismoreState Matters
I hope everyone enjoyed the festive season, gathering with family and friends. Celebrations of the new year appeared to be relatively peaceful and I trust the ensuing year ahead will continue in this manner for the benefit of us all.
Congratulations to the many students who completed the HSC last year what a great accomplishment. Some of you would be now preparing for further studies, job opportunities and embarking on new adventures. I would like to wish you all well in your future endeavours and trust that you all follow your chosen journey into careers and adult life with zest and determination. For those pursuing employment, the following website may be useful: www.jobs.nsw.gov.au and select NSW Government jobs.
No New Year love from Labor
When the clock struck midnight on Sunday it signalled a raft of tax increases:
1. A land tax increase. A $450,000 valuation will attract $2140 in land tax in 2006, up 18.89 per cent from $1800 payable in 2005.2.
An increase in bus fares of up to seven per cent starting January 3.
3. An increase in ferry fares starting January 3.
4. TAFE fees to rise by an average 3.14 per cent.
5. Snow skiers and boarders will pay $22 to access Kosciuszko National Park up 37.50 per cent from $16 in 2005.
6. A National Park annual pass to cost $190 in October 2006, up 31.03 per cent from $145 in 2005.
7. RTA registration fees to rise. A Commodore will cost $362 to register in 2006, up 2.26 per cent from $354 in 2005. 8.
A billion dollar turnaround in the budget, with a half billion dollar deficit in 06/07.
9. More money towards a wasteful and unwanted $1.3 billion desalination plant.
Taxpayers are again being slugged for Labors economic vandalism and incompetence. In his limited time as premier, Morris Iemma has levied at least $700 million of new taxes to try and plug the budget black hole and that trend is set to continue into the new year. Despite 10 years of record revenues, services are being slashed and infrastructure is crumbling.
School holiday activities
The following links provide information for kids and details of activities for them to participate in during the festive break: www.fishnkids.dpi.nsw.gov.au and www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/holidays/h_kidscamps.asp.
Also, the Kids Active Getaway Camp (January 9-13 for seven to 12-year-olds) and Junior Surf Camp (January 9-11 for eight to 12-year-olds) with both camps conducted at Lake Ainsworth.
The Lake Ainsworth Kids Club is also a great school holiday idea. Its jam-packed with fun activities especially for eight to 12-year-olds. Get up and get active with a great range of things to do including abseiling, canoeing, bushwalking, swimming and lots more. It runs daily from January 16-20 and from January 23-27. The cost is $30 per day or $25 if more than one child from the same family attends or for a child attending for more than one day. If you would like more information about these programs or would like to make a booking phone 6687 7168.
State Representative Awards
The State Government has instituted an award to recognise people who reach state representative level in any field. Candidates of any age who have succeeded in a competitive field such as dance, music, sport, the arts or academically, and are now representing the state of NSW nationally or internationally, may apply for the award. For info and an application forms visit www.premiers.nsw.gov.au/our_library/protocol/InfoSheetStateAward.doc.
Woodenbong School visit
I thoroughly enjoyed joining with the school communities of both the primary and secondary sectors. It gave me great pleasure to take advantage of the opportunity and present a one-off grant of $200 provided by Sandra Nori, Minister for Sport & Recreation. These funds were used to enable the Woodenbong Central School Open Boys Rugby League team to travel to Dubbo for the Central Schools State Championships. I was disappointed, due to Parliament being recalled in December, in not being able to be present at the Tregeagle and Casino Public schools end of year presentations.
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Address: PO Box 52, Lismore, NSW, 2480