Thomas GeorgeMember for Lismore- State Matters
Phone: 6621 3624
Fax: 6622 1403
Address: PO Box 52, Lismore, NSW, 2480
Tribute to Sergeant McKenzie
The local community has been saddened by the sudden loss of Sergeant Col McKenzie of the NSW Police Highway Patrol. He was a hard working and dedicated leader within NSW Police and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jill, his family and colleagues. I would also like to pay tribute to the more than 200 uniformed police who formed an honour guard and escort at the funeral. Sergeant McKenzie will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Electorate boundary changes in 2007
Electoral redistributions occur periodically to ensure electorates remain similar in population size. Last year it was announced the Lismore electorate would be altered to include Murwillumbah, whilst Casino would become part of the Clarence electorate. Other areas including Lismore, Kyogle, Nimbin and west of the range remain in the Lismore electorate. It should be noted, the revised boundaries do not take effect until the March 2007 state election.
Further information about the redistribution is available from the State Electoral Office website at www.redistribution.seo.nsw.gov.au.
30 years of The Channon Market
Congratulations to The Channon Craft Market, which celebrated 30 years of operation on the weekend. The markets are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike and I wish market organisers all the best for the future.
Countrylink booking fees
It has recently been announced that the current unfair CountryLink booking fee imposed by the NSW Government will be abolished under a Coalition Government in NSW. The fee has placed an unfair financial burden on pensioners using the CountryLink service and in particular those in country areas who often have to travel to essential services.
The fee was introduced in March this year and is 15 per cent of the full adult fare or a minimum of $10 (whichever is the greater) and is charged on each voucher used. The NSW Coalition will remove this unreasonable booking fee for those travelling on CountryLink pensioner travel vouchers.
I would like to extend my good wishes to year 12 students in the area who will commence their final examinations on October 19. Best of luck to you all and I hope you achieve the results you have worked so hard towards.