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 work that has been achieved.
I would like to congratulate all those involved with Working on Country, in particular the chair of Ngulingah LALC Queenie Speeding, deputy chair Tracy King and CEO Dan Rose.
During the Minister’s visit, I also announced funding of $1.7 million for Rekindling the Spirit to reduce family violence and support youth in our community.
The funding will deliver a safe and trauma-informed service to reduce family violence by working with men to encourage behavioural change, including through cognitive behavioural therapy.
It will also provide services to address mental health, disengagement and anti-social behaviour.
We have some of the best co-operatives in the country in our region, which is why I got the Government to establish the new $14 million Farm Co-operatives Centre of Excellence here in Lismore.
It has already proved itself to be a great success, providing expert advice to tens of thousands of farmers and farming groups around the country.
It recently announced $4 million worth of projects to create new co-ops around the country, including in our community.
Its website www.farmingtogether.com.au has provided information to more than 16,000 farmers and 7000 have signed up for the monthly newsletter
I would like to congratulate Rainbow Power Company on celebrating their 30th anniversary.
The company, which is now the largest private employer in Nimbin, has been at the forefront of renewable energy well before it became mainstream.