I recently awarded 17 teenagers with Young Sporting Champion Awards and a $500 cheque to help cover the cost of them representing our community at state and federal level in their chosen sport.
Congratulations to Ethan Elliott, Matilda Elliott, Ethan Hooker, Brooke Hofmeyer, Matilda Narvo, Jacob Ponton, Madeline Mitchell, Eloise Davis, Matthew Hallmann, Taidgh Williams-Kolas, Oliver Thacker, Faith Wilton, Ella Egan, Grace Parsons, Lachlan Murphy and Jade Gray.
I was recently at The Buttery to announce a new rehabilitation program, as part of the $5.7 million package I announced last year to develop a range of local services to tackle the scourge of Ice in our community.
The new Dayhab program is a free community-based service. Services are specifically designed for anyone in the community who is not able to attend a residential rehabilitation program.
We are very lucky to have this service in our community and I thank all the professionals involved in delivering it.
The Federal Government has recouped $340 million in taxes owed by US-based giant Chevron.
This is a great win in the Government’s crackdown on multi-national tax avoidance
As Chairman of the Tax and Revenue Committee this is a major focus of mine.
We need to ensure that multi-nationals pay their fair share of tax here in Australia so that we can continue to afford vital infrastructure and services.
Nine local quarries have been given contracts to supply road building material for the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway Upgrade.
The awarding of these contracts is the final major supply agreement on the upgrade.
This means more jobs for our community.
More than 1,700 people are already working on the Woolgoolga to Ballina project, and up to 4,000 workers are expected to be employed when works ramp up later this year.