Thomas GeorgeMember for Lismore- State Matters

JP reappointment deadline

Existing Justices of the Peace who have not yet applied for reappointment under the new JPs legislation should be aware that August 31 is the deadline for the lodgement of reappointment forms.

Changes made to Justice of the Peace legislation in December 2003 mean that appointments are now made for a period of five years. All existing JPs must initially apply for reappointment and then at the end of each five-year period will again be required to reapply. JPs who have not already done so can obtain a reappointment form from my office.

NSW Photo Cards released

A new form of photo identification is now available for people who do not have a NSW drivers licence or other form of photo ID. The voluntary Photo Card can be used to assist with services such as sending international mail, opening bank accounts or entering licensed premises.

The Photo Card is available from the motor registry office and costs $40. There are no concessions available on the card, except in certain circumstances where a person is unable to access a NSW drivers licence for medical reasons. Further information about the Photo Card is available from my office.

Auction extravaganza

The Rotary Club of Lismore West and five charities are holding a Combined Charities Auction Extravaganza on Saturday, May 13, at the Lismore Workers Club.

The charity auction will include up to 100 items including a new car, white goods, dinner at Parliament House and sporting memorabilia. Organisers are seeking individuals or groups who wish to attend, and businesses or individuals who wish to donate prizes.

Proceeds from the evening will assist several local charities including Early Intervention Lismore, Lismore Challenge Limited, the Lismore PCYC, St Vincents Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, Summerland House With No Steps and charities of the Rotary Club of Lismore West.

These are all very worthy causes and I encourage readers to contact the Lismore Workers Club on 6621 7401 if they wish to attend, or Bob Barnes on 6624 2233 if they wish to donate an auction item.

Home building industry review

For those involved in the home building industry, the Minister for Fair Trading has released an Issues Paper on the Review of Licensing in the NSW Home Building Industry.

The Paper looks at licensing issues such as the coverage of licensing, the monetary threshold, the licensing of entities and whether licensing should apply to the broader construction industry.

Those interested in making submissions to the Review can do so before April 21.

Deadline for smoke alarms

From May 1 every home must have installed at least one working smoke alarm. Owners of homes not meeting this requirement risk an $800 fine. The legislation passed last year means all properties, owned or rented, must be fitted with battery operated or hard wired smoke alarms.

Further information about the regulation is available from my office or by calling the smoke alarm information line on 1300 858 812.

Committee on tobacco smoking

I have recently been appointed as a member of the Joint Select Committee on Tobacco Smoking, which will inquire into and report on tobacco smoking in NSW.

As part of its inquiry the Committee is hosting a public forum on May 1 at Parliament House. Participants will be asked to state their views to the Committee on the issues that are important to them about smoking.

To express your interest in attending or participating in the public forum, telephone the Committee secretariat on 9230 3554, email tobaccosmoking@parliament.nsw.gov.au or visit the website at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/tobaccosmo kingcommittee.

Easter holiday road safety

Easter is a time to spend with family and friends, but unfortunately this means many more cars are on the roads, and the chances of having an accident is increased. This year double demerit points will again apply over the Easter period and I encourage readers to take it easy on the roads so you can enjoy a safe and relaxing Easter break with loved ones.

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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