Northern Rivers Echo Column: September 7 2017

I attended Our Lady Help of Christians School Centenary last week. It was a great event. I would like to thank all the parish priests and Sisters of St Josephs, principals and teachers over the last 100 years for providing our community with faith-based education The School’s Centenary team has done an amazing job organising…

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Northern Rivers Echo Column: August 31 2017

A new $2.1 million Community Recovery Fund has been set up to provide mental health support and community engagement to help flood-affected members of our community. We are a very strong and resilient community, but some people are struggling financially and emotionally in the aftermath of the disaster. This joint Federal and State Government Recovery…

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Northern Rivers Echo Column: August 24 2017

I announced another major contract awarded to deliver a section of the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina. Seymour Whyte Limited—Ostwald Brothers joint venture will deliver a 35-kilometre section of the upgrade. This is great news for our community. This pipeline of contract awards means there are about 2,500 direct jobs and 7,500 indirect…

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Northern Rivers Echo Column: August 17 2017

I would like to congratulate the Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary on its 100th anniversary of raising funds for much needed medical equipment at the Hospital. Karen represented me at their afternoon tea as I was in Parliament last week. The Auxiliary was originally known as the Women’s Guide. Its first fundraiser was a tea tent…

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Woolgoolga Advertiser Column: August 2017

I dropped in to see Sam Newman who recently opened Woopi Backpackers. The Backpackers is a great addition, attracting more tourism to our town. It offers accommodation for up to 61 people, a juice bar, meals, and eventually hopefully a licensed premise. Great beach and surfing photos, including some of Sam’s dad and grandad adorn…

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Nimbin Good Times Column: August 2017

I recently took the Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion to Nimbin Rocks to inspect the great work being done by the Working on Country Ranger Project. The Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council is doing a terrific job. Thank you to Lead Ranger Keshia Gordon who gave the minister and I a presentation on the…

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Northern Rivers Echo Column: August 3 2017

It was great to announce a $1.5 million upgrade of the Far North Coast’s Regional Hockey Centre in Goonellabah. This is wonderful news for our community. It will transform the existing aged complex into a new state-of-the-art facility for players and spectators. Works will include the installation of lighting, spectator seating, player spaces, official and…

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Clarence Valley Independent Column: August 2017

It was great to announce 170 new permanent Aged Care jobs in Grafton last week. These jobs are a direct result of almost $7 million in ongoing annual Federal funding for the new Aged Care Facility – Signature Grafton – to provide 144 new aged care places for older members of our community. This is…

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Northern Rivers Echo: July 27 2017

It was great to attend the opening of the Southern Cross Enterprise Lab at the University this week.  The new Enterprise Labs sits alongside the $14 million Centre of Co-operative Excellence at SCU that I announced last year. I would like to congratulate the State Government and Thomas for funding the Enterprise Labs and Thomas.…

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Northern Rivers Echo Column: July 20 2017

Last week I was joined by Senator Nigel Scullion to announce funding of $1.7 million to reduce family violence. This money will also support youths in our community. The funding will deliver a safe and trauma-informed service to reduce family violence. It will work with men to encourage behavioural change, including through cognitive behavioural therapy.…

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