Mr GEORGE (Lismore) [4.47 p.m.]: I bring to the attention of the House a number of important functions that have been held in my electorate during the past four weeks. The Annual Lismore Cup racing carnival was held on 20 September. Sadly, I could not attend because the House was sitting that week, and that is more important than going to the races. I pay tribute to Ron Marriott, Michael Timbrell and their committee from the race club; they have done a tremendous job. The Nimbin show was on Saturday 22 September. Again, sadly, I was unable to attend because I was at a meeting in Sydney. A pavilion was dedicated to a long-time stalwart of the Nimbin show committee, Chief Cattle Steward Bruce McClelland. My father-in-law always says that it is better to give people recognition before it is too late than to put flowers on their graves. It is nice to recognise people while they are able to enjoy that recognition. I appreciate the Nimbin show society making that dedication.
The Fairy Hill Revisited reunion was held on the weekend of 29 September. Fairy Hill, a small community some 10 kilometres outside Casino, has a hall and a few of the residents have lived there for some time. They organised a reunion. I had the honour of being there on Saturday and the president, Bev Henley, and her committee did a tremendous job. John, Bev's husband, wrote a book on the history of Fairy Hill. It was released that night at the main function. On the same day the Mummulgum school celebrated its centenary. Joe Urquhart and his committee did a great job of organising the celebration and hundreds of people attended. That evening the local Casino Volunteer Rescue Squad celebrated 21 years in Casino. They have put in a mighty effort. Naturally enough, all communities want to support these organisations while hoping and praying they will never need to use their services. I pay tribute to the volunteer rescue squad on its twenty-first anniversary for the wonderful job the volunteers do in the community.
The show circuit started with the Nimbin show, and the Kyogle show was held on the weekend of 5 and 6 October. Grahame Gooding, together with Kerry Donaghy and their organising committee, also did a great job. I had the honour of attending the Kyogle Show and the North Coast exhibits were excellent. Some honourable members may be aware that I have been involved with the local cattle industry, and the quality of the cattle and horse exhibits at the Kyogle show was a credit not only to the breeders and exhibitors but also to the districts they came from. The Casino show was held the following week. The show circuit is always enjoyable and it provides an opportunity to focus on individual towns. Eric Phelps, Sandra Humphrys and their committee did an outstanding job in organising the Casino show for 2001.
The Lismore show, the North Coast national show, was next on the show circuit. John Gibson, the president, and Sue Serone, the secretary and the Lismore show committee also did a tremendous job. I spent Friday and Saturday at the show. I was proud to note that the exhibits were of exceptional quality. It reinforced what local shows are all about. Last Sunday the local Rotary Club, headed by John Nipperess and his committee, recognised the efforts of local volunteers, this being the International Year of Volunteers. It was an honour to be present to join in the celebrations with them and to recognise the efforts of those volunteers. The day of celebration drew attention to the job that the volunteers have done in Casino this year, especially in relation to the devastating storm last January. It was a privilege to be present last Sunday in my home town with the local volunteers.