Barry O’Farrell.
Barry O’Farrell.

Jim to keep O’Farrell honest

JIM AGNEW is determined to see Barry O’Farrell honour his word.

Before he was elected NSW Premier at last month’s election, Mr O’Farrell promised any petition tabled in parliament with at least 10,000 signatures would be treated as a matter of urgency.

This has spurred on the passionate Lower Clarence health advocate to collect more than 10,000 signatures so he can see his dream of a comprehensive health clinic at Yamba come to fruition.

The idea of a petition was born out of the Lower Clarence Health forum held at Yamba’s Treelands Dr Community Centre on March 11.

Initially Mr Agnew set a goal of collecting 10,000 signatures in the two weeks before last month’s state election.

Yesterday, after four weeks of collecting signatures, Mr Agnew said about 6000 people had signed the petitions.

Speaking to The Daily Examiner from Yamba Bowling Club, where he had just collected another 100 or so signatures, Mr Agnew said the campaign was going well but more support was needed.

“We need to get more than 10,000 signatures so it goes before parliament and the government will stand up and take notice,” he said.

Mr Agnew said the Lower Clarence desperately needed more facilities, including kidney dialysis for residents.

Determined to achieve this goal, Mr Agnew said he encouraged all Lower Clarence residents to sign the petitions.

“At the moment it is going really well but we do need more people to sign the petitions so we can get more than 10,000 signatures,” he said.

“We are not going to give up until we get more than 10,000 signatures.

“There are 18,000 people living in the Lower Clarence so we can achieve what we set out to do.

“Visitors are welcome to sign the petitions too because some visitors get sick when they are on holidays and could use the facilities of the health clinic.

“But we don’t want people to sign the petitions twice because we want to keep it as fair as possible.”

Helped by a group of seven dedicated assistants, Mr Agnew distributed petitions to businesses at Iluka, Yamba, Maclean, Brushgrove and Brooms Head.

“My assistants have been a great help, without them we would not have as many petitions out in the community and be collecting as many signatures,” he said.

For more information, contact Mr Agnew on 0419 193 525.

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