What our pollies take credit for one year after election
IT'S be one year since our state pollies were elected to the seats of Lismore, Ballina and Clarence, and what do they have to show for it?
That's the question we put to our MPs Thomas George, Tamara Smith and Chris Gulaptis this week.
Some of us were a little surprised with a few of the answers they came back with.
For example, all three took credit for making the Northern Rivers gas fields free.
But given the enormity of the protest, the sheer number of people involved and the subsequent national attention and political pressure, we think it may be a little far-fetched.
So what annual performance review would you give our state politicians?
Do you support their self-selected "top achievements" or do you think they may be claiming credit when credit's not due?
Lismore MP Thomas George:
Investing in health facilities like the Lismore Base Hospital which is undergoing construction for its new emergency department and enhanced wards as part the $260.25 million Stage 3 redevelopment.
Supporting local groups by securing $50,000 for repairs to the Lismore Girl Guides hall and $300,000 for the Community Building Partnerships fund.
Protecting the environment by purchasing PEL445, followed by Metgasco's PELs which secured the Northern Rivers as Gasfields free.
Better roads by delivering 11.3 kilometres of upgrades on Mount Lindesay Road (between Legume and Woodenbong).
Protecting our children by fitting out school zones with flashing lights making it safer for our kids arriving at and leaving school.
Securing Baseball Australia's Little League and Senior League Championships for Lismore for the next five years, which will boost tourism and generate significant economic benefits
Investing $300,000 over three years in the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre to support national and international exhibitions, shows, artist residencies and educational workshops.
Ballina MP Tamara Smith
Securing $415,000 in funding for the new Marine Rescue Tower at Ballina's North Wall
Establishing a coal-seam gas free Northern Rivers
Introducing legislation to ban single-use plastic bags
Delivering $23,600 to help the Byron Youth Activities Centre
Securing $40,000 for construction of the new community pre-school in Alstonville
Facilitating four basketball courts in the new Ballina Sports Centre and hosting a regional jobs summit with over 50 business groups attending
Working with Premier Baird to ensure a non-lethal shark mitigation approach to keep people safe and boost local businesses
Initiating the Richmond River Action Group to develop a plan of action to restore the river to full health and extracting a commitment from the Health Minister for an inquiry into the siting of the helicopter rescue service
Directing $30,000 to local Scout Association branches for projects like inclusive access and improved storage and securing $5,000 for new synthetic grass play area at Aspect School Alstonville
Directly assisting more than 500 constituents with state and local issues affecting employment, health, education, public housing, transport and business
Clarence MP Chis Gulaptis
The most significant achievement by far has been ensuring the Northern Rivers remains gas field free by working hard with my Nationals colleagues and Government Ministers to buyback the remaining Metgasco PELs.
$177 million to fast track construction of new Grafton Bridge - first sod was turned on 20 March 2015 with the new bridge open to traffic in 2019 (announced prior to 2015 State Election with planning/construction occurring in past 12 months)
$4 million for construction of Coraki Health One facility (announced prior to 2015 State Election with planning/construction occurring in past 12 months)
$7 million for construction of new Ambulatory Care Unit at Grafton Base Hospital (announced prior to 2015 State Election with planning/construction occurring in past 12 months)
Signing of contracts to deliver the duplication of the Pacific Highway between Ballina and Woolgoolga.