In Brief

Council coughs up for Casino CBD

Richmond Valley Council has been forced to find an additional half a million dollars to fund the Casino CBD upgrade because of costs blowing out. The initial budget for the project was $2 million, with $100,000 from Council for investigation and design and the remainder coming from a grant from the federal government. But costs are now expected to be around $2.5 million and on Tuesday Council voted to reallocat money from other areas to fund the shortfall. The money will come from the West Street rehabilitation project residual fund ($144,000), Casino Urban roads reseal residual fund ($46,000), Petersons Quarry ($150,000) and RTA maintenance reserve ($160,000).

Buttery urges public to lobby for MISA

The Buttery is currently collecting signatures for a petition to be sent to Minister for Health Nicola Roxon, pleading for funding for the Mental Illness and Substance Abuse (MISA) Lifestyle Support Program.

Funding for the service, which provides support to people with a mental illness who also have substance abuse issues, runs out in June. Buttery director Barry Evans said while they have already lobbied the government for more funds, he believes letters to Ms Roxon from the public will put a human face on the issue.

People should write to Nicola Roxon, Parliament House, PO Box 6022, Canberra, ACT, 2600.


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