Make sure you have your say on issues

ON THE official website calling for community comments and consultation on the NSW State Plan the Premier Nathan Rees says the two main issues for this State are to protect jobs and improve services.

He says his Government wants to get the State Plan right, but there isn’t much this Government has got right. When community leaders met with senior state ministers on Monday night in Lismore to discuss the NSW State Plan they told the ministers one of the main priorities for this region was public transport.

They were right. Public transport is essential for the Northern Rivers if we are to grow and flourish.

It is essential for our youth, so they have access to work opportunities and for education. It is essential for health and particularly for our aging population who need to use public transport for mobility and to remain involved in their community.

It is also essential for the environment, because a reliable and functional public transport system will help reduce CO2 emissions ending our reliance on cars.

It will also make transport affordable for the many people in our region living on the basic wage and the pension.

But the state plan also needs to focus on an improved health system and affordable housing in this region.

This State Government has allowed our health system to be run into the ground and as we age this will be a major issue.

To keep population growth sustained and our youth from moving we also need affordable housing.
So make sure you have your say and tell this Government what they need to get right.


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