Tweed, Murwillumbah MPs report in
THE results are in: the Tweed Daily News has issued a six-month report card for local state MPs.
TWEED MP GEOFF PROVEST
Pottsville High School: "The demographer did indeed visit and has undertaken to produce a report as agreed at the meeting. This is not yet to hand. I do hope this will not be too far away."
$48m Tweed Hospital upgrade: "The Health Minister was here last week to ensure the project is moving forward and that the planning is on track.
"Clinicians seem to be satisfied with current progress and it is vital this is done correctly as future stages depend very much on the groundwork and planning done during this phase."
New Tweed-Byron Police court and station: "The courthouse is not included in this project - the approved development application is for a stand-alone police station. Construction has not stalled, the funding is all allocated and the finalisation of tenders is under way."
Pottsville Ambulance station: "This project is included in the forward estimates to be completed over the next four years and planning is under way. No start date has yet been given."
$5m Pottsville Public School upgrade: "This project is included in the forward estimates to be completed over the next four years, and planning is under way. No start date has yet been given."
$3.6m Kennedy Drive upgrade: "Funding has been committed and a letter of contract will soon be provided to Tweed Shire Council. Work is expected to commence in June next year."
$220,000 Fraser Dr cycleway: "Funding has been committed, planning is under way and council advises the project will be completed by June 30, 2016."
Reverse vending machines in public places: "The container deposit scheme - of which the reverse vending machines are one aspect - will be in place in two years."
Tweed/Byron Police: Nine new officers appointed.
Terranora Inlet dredging: Under way.
IT'S been six months since the close-fought state election of Tweed MP Geoff Provest and Lismore MP Thomas George.
Both lost significant margins at the March poll.
Mr Provest's popularity waned from 21% to 2%, while only 1500 votes separated Mr George from the Greens' Adam Guise.
LISMORE MP THOMAS GEORGE
Promise to buy back the controversial PEL 445 Metgasco coal seam gas mining licence covering more than 80% of the Lismore electorate, including Tyalgum and Kunghur:
"I believe the minister and government are still in negotiations with the company."
Murwillumbah Hospital $120,000, 40-space car park: "The car park commenced (on Thursday) and should take three to four weeks to complete, weather permitting."
$1m for 100 new regional scholarships for emerging artists: "Erika Taylor, from Tweed Regional Museum, received a mentorship placement at the State Library."
Education: "There were not any election promises relating to this in particular, however under the Local Schools, Local Decisions Murwillumbah and Wollumbin high schools have been given an increased budget and greater control for the principal."
Attorney General Gabrielle Upton to visit Murwillumbah lawyers over 66% reduction in Murwillumbah court list days and a 50% reduction in defendant hearing days:
"The Attorney General's diary is very demanding.
But I am continuing to work with her office to try and facilitate a visit."
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