Regional Vegetation Management Plans

The Kyogle News September 02

Regional Vegetation Management Plans

Landholders, producers and interest groups are now calling for the rejection of the Regional Vegetation Management Plans. I trust all Landholders, producers and interest groups took advantage of the opportunity to submit a response/submission to the plan.

I tabled a Notice of Motion calling on the Legislative Assembly to note that:
over 300 people attending public meetings in the Kyogle Shire Council area, have rejected in its entirety the Draft Richmond Regional Management Plan.
over 1, 000 signatures have already have been received on Petitions being tabled in Parliament.
Kyogle Shire Council resolved unanimously "that Council reject in its entirety the draft Richmond Regional Management Plan". And furthermore, Council on behalf of the rural ratepayers request the Minister to reject the Plan and authorise a six-month extension to enable a rewrite of the Management Plan.
the New South Wales Farmers representative on the Committee, after public pressure will still only be an observer of submissions made on the Plan.
calls for the Minister for Land and Water Conservation, Mr John Aquilina to visit the area immediately to hear concerns about the Plan.
As a result of the above motion the Minister asked the Director General, Mr Bob Smith to be present at a meeting in my office, which was also attended by a cross section of representative, interest and farming groups. The present status of these Plans develop each week and I am happy to supply copies of Hansard and press releases. Those wishing to receive this information should contact my office and a copy shall be forwarded of the above.

West of the Range visit

Once again my recent visit West of the Range, proved beneficial in being available in local villages to discuss matters of concern with constituents. I enjoyed the opportunity to visit West of the Range to meet with people that would not otherwise travel to see me and bring their views to my attention.

Foot & Mouth Disease Exercise

Last month Casino held a National Simulation Exercise as a NSW initiate to build on and test the work done by the local emergency management group in preparing for an outbreak of Foot & Mouth at the Casino Saleyards. This exercise was very valuable in accessing and identifying the areas of need, which also provided the opportunity for the Minister for Agriculture, The Hon Richard Amery, to visit the Casino area and also meet with the executive of the Northern Cooperative Meat Company.

Self-funded retiree announcement

The NSW Coalition Government recently announced that it would extend pensioner concessions to self funded retirees who hold a Commonwealth Seniors' Health Card. The Brogden-Souris Government would, in conjunction with the Federal Government, extend a number of concessions currently available to pensioners to self-funded retirees who hold a Commonwealth Seniors' Health Card, such as motor vehicle registration, electricity, rates, water and sewerage. Further information is available from my office upon request.

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