Rural Issues

The Kyogle News October 01

Rural Issues

In Parliament I have continued my addressing of rural matters. Again I attacked Minister Amery regarding the ongoing issue with the decision to start charging producers for tick treatments that commenced on 1 September. I highlighted stock left and rural crime, which needs to be prioritised and addressed appropriately. Furthermore I supported the matter of public importance relating to the NSW dairy industry, reiterating that dairy farmers are the main players in the milk industry and that processors should pass on any gains to dairy farmers who deserve a fair and reasonable price.

Home Warranty Insurance Inquiry

The Coalition also proposed that a Parliamentary Committee investigate the ongoing crisis faced by builders desperately trying to obtain building insurance and the resultant thousands who have been inconvenienced by this nuisance. Despite the Minister's assurances three months ago that another insurer had applied to offer building insurance, there has been no sign of this new insurer. This is unacceptable and I would be interested to hear from constituents/builders who are experiencing difficulties.

Reports, Reviews and Grants

The following are available from my office -

NSW Real Estate Industry Practices - released a consultation paper that outlined the proposed changes to the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act 1941, and invited comments over the next four weeks. The Department will be undertaking a series of public forums to inform consumers and industry members about these reforms.

2001/02 Regional Sports Facility Program - funds to develop and enhance the network of regional sporting and recreational facilities.

Rural Women's Award - Applications are being called for by Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women's Award for 2002. Closing 15 Oct 2001. www.ruralwomensaward.gov.au.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577