MP reflects on 10 years of service

ON a rainy Sunday morning at his home in Alphadale, Thomas George took time out to reflect on the anniversary of his 10th year as a parliamentarian.

Mr George has been State Member for Lismore since 1999. Murwillumbah was added to the Lismore electorate in the most recent State election.

The Casino-born local joined the National Party in 1969 and his career has been going strong ever since.

“One of the highlights of the last 10 years has been the honour of representing the electorate of Lismore,” Mr George said.

“Not just the bricks and mortar of representing the people in parliament, but actually helping to have someone admitted to hospital, finding someone a housing commission house to live in, or helping someone to find a bed in a crisis situation.”

Some of the biggest issues he faced upon election included the potential loss of Kyogle Hospital, the state of the Kyogle to Murwillumbah Road, the upgrading of Lismore Base Hospital and the need for a new mental health unit.

“Kyogle Hospital is a multi-purpose unit, the Kyogle to Murwillumbah road is now bitumen and we will have a new cancer unit at Lismore Base - though we are waiting to achieve further improvements for the hospital. We have a new mental health centre in Lismore that provides child and adolescent beds - this was a big achievement."

His plans for the future involve doing what he can to build a better future for the people of his electorate.

“I look back on the achievements of the last 10 years not as my own, but as achievements I have made in partnership with the Northern Rivers commun- ity.”

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