Thomas GeorgeMember for Lismore- State Matters
Petition calling for more police
Last week I released a petition calling for more police resources for the Richmond Area Command. This follows my repeated calls for extra police resources, particularly for areas like Goonellabah and Nimbin. NSW Leader of The Nationals, Andrew Stoner, has also launched a state-wide petition calling on the NSW Government to increase the number of police in local communities. Law and order continues as an issue that concerns local residents who want to see a safer community with more police resources.
Members of the local community have indicated to me they are tired of Premier Iemma and his police minister in Sydney reducing police resources without any regard for the impact it has on the safety of our communities The petition aims to highlight the insufficient numbers of police in communities throughout the Lismore electorate and in other rural and regional areas throughout NSW. Signatures will then be presented to NSW Parliament, including those collected here. I urge local residents concerned about law and order and the reduction in police numbers in our region to contact my office to obtain a copy of the petition.
The Channon Hall Reserve Trust
I have recently received notification from the Department of Lands that as a result of several vacancies, applications for appointment to The Channon Public Hall Reserve Trust are now open. Potential board members can submit applications until June 26 and should outline the skills they possess which would be beneficial to the management of The Channon Public Hall. For information and application forms contact Lynnie Casson at the Department of Lands on 6640 2061.
Working Carers Support Gateway
Many carers in the local community not only care for another person but also work in casual, part-time or full-time work. This can mean they are very busy and may not have time to access financial and practical information available to other carers. Consequently, the Disability and Aged Information Service, in partnership with NSW Health have created the Working Carers Support Gateway an internet site that provides information about services to assist working carers, financial planning and industrial relations advocacy. Visit the site at www.workingcarers.org.au.
Telstra Business Womens Awards
Local women in business are being invited to nominate for the Telstra Business Women of the Year Awards for 2006. I was impressed by the high standard of nominations for the Electorate Woman of the Year and thereby encourage local businesswomen to nominate for the Telstra Awards. The awards showcase and celebrate the achievements of talented businesswomen. If you would like to nominate, or know someone who may be interested, please contact my office for a nomination form.
More support for preschools
A report conducted by well-respected Professor Tony Vinson is highly critical of the current level of funding for community preschools by the NSW Government. The report confirms what parents, teachers and experts in early education have been saying: the Labor Governments continued failure to adequately fund community preschools is having devastating results.
The report found children are ill-prepared for school, and learning difficulties and problems with behaviour are not being picked up as early as they should. In addition, NSW has the lowest preschool participation rates in Australia with less than 60 per cent of children attending preschool immediately prior to starting primary school. In other states this figure is around 90 per cent or higher. A lack of funding to preschools has meant the cost of sending a child to preschool in NSW for the required number of days is out of reach for many families.
At the recent preschool rally held in Lismore speakers highlighted the unique and critical role of preschools, which is primarily to prepare children for school. As the Vinson Report indicates, it is vital the Labor Government acts immediately to address this funding crisis.
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Address: PO Box 52, Lismore, NSW, 2480