Thomas GeorgeMember for Lismore- State Matters

Lismore Woman of the Year

I wish to advise that nominations are being sought for the 2006 Lismore Electorate Woman of the Year. There are so many women whose contributions, successes and achievements encourage and inspire. Honouring women for their contribution to our communities is an important means of building confidence and pride of all women, and encourages other women and girls by publicly presenting role models. Any woman can be nominated, such as a local teacher, nurse, a businesswoman, author, community worker, mother, volunteer or a sportsperson. I am encouraging nominations and forms are available from my office. The closing date has been extended to January 25. Please do not hesitate to contact my office for further enquiries.

Review of the Children and Young Person Act

The Minister for Community Services has announced that the government is commencing the statutory review of this Act, which is the governing legislation for child protection and out-of-home care in NSW. Child, youth and family service organisations should be aware of this review and I appeal for submissions regarding issues facing children and young people at risk and the legislative safeguards required.

Inquiry into social housing

The Public Bodies Review Committee was established in November 2005 to inquire into and report on the allocation of social housing in NSW, with particular emphasis on:

Current levels of funding for the development of new housing stock;

The effectiveness and appropriateness of housing allocations;

The role of community housing in meeting the demand for social housing;

Social housing allocation systems in other jurisdictions; and

Any other related matters.

Submissions close on February 24.

Environment Restoration

The Premier announced a new package of far-reaching initiatives to address the states most critical environmental problems. The program includes funding of $426 million to be spent over the next five years. The program will be funded by a new Waste and Environmental Levy. An information pamphlet describing the new environmental initiatives in more detail is available from my office or from www.environment.nsw.gov.au.

Changes for JPs

My office continues to receive enquiries by local Justices of the Peace (JPs) who were not aware of changes implemented a number of years ago. If you have not already done so, JPs should register with my office to receive information on this issue and to obtain the reappointment forms. The main change affecting current JPs is that they will have to reapply every five years. Existing Justices of the Peace have three years (until December 1 2006) to lodge a reappointment application and to re-establish either an employment or community-based need for the appointment. Forms are available from my office.

Office contacts

Phone: 6621 3624

Fax: 6622 1403

Address: PO Box 52, Lismore, NSW, 2480

Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Web: www.thomasgeorge.com.au


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