Echo 22 June 00
Many farmers rallied at the National Party Conference, held in Tweed Heads
on the weekend, to convey their dissatisfaction in relation to the current
uncertainty surrounding the dairy industry. However, I would like to again
reinforce the fact that the National Party and the Coalition is committed to
securing a State-based package as we believe it will give struggling farmers the
boost needed to adapt to a substantially reduced farm-gate price and avoid
massive social dislocation. I cannot believe that all Members who represent
dairy farmers, regardless of their political party, did not support amendments.
The fate of dairy farmers across NSW now hinges on the vote of the Country Labor
Members and the independents in the Upper House.
$1 million For Cellulose Valley
Last week The Hon Harry Woods, Minister for Regional Development, announced
the State's backing for the Cellulose Valley Technology Park, a world's first
for natural plant products, through its $1 million funding package. Flow on
effects such as 400 jobs will result from the injection of funding as well as
being directed towards infrastructure development costs, such as establishing
internal roads, electricity, telecommunications and water. The market for
medicinal herbs is growing at an encouraging 35% each year, which will
accentuate and promote locally grown herbs as well as boosting business
expansion. The Park will also attract sophisticated skills to the region along
with significant investment from international pharmaceutical and research
Lismore Hosts Investors
I would like to thank and congratulate Minister Harry Woods for his support,
and through the NSW Department of State and Regional Development, in organising
the fourth Regional Business and Investment Tour that visited Lismore last week.
The 18-member team took part in a three-day tour designed to showcase regional
investment opportunities. A crucial part of the tour's plan was to address one
of the major impediments to economic growth for country businesses - that being
access to capital. Building bridges between country NSW and the mainstream
investment community are advantageous in ensuring businesses get a fair deal.
Once again, the chief agricultural field day and largest commercial
exhibition in Northern NSW was a great success. The main objective of creating
an atmosphere that instigates positive contact between buyers and exhibitors is
obviously being achieved annually with the exhibition now enjoying its 16th
year. The opening was officiated by The Hon Warren Truss, Federal Minister for
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry who was impressed with the showcasing of the
best of Australian agricultural equipment and livestock, in addition to
highlighting the hard work and commitment of primary producers.
I was pleased to be able to attend a very unique community gathering at
Urbenville and join with residents to celebrate the 70th Birthdays of 30 both
present and past residents. The concept was brought to reality when locals
decided that instead of there being many small parties for the milestone
birthday there should be one big party for all. The rain did not deter the
ex-residents from travelling from afar and locals enjoying reminiscing with old
friends and the making of new ones.
Capital Assistance Program
There has been considerable delay in the release of application forms for
the Capital Assistance Program, however, I wish to notify all sporting groups
that once forms are finalised they will be available from my office upon
Trust Board Vacancies
Applications are invited from persons interested in being considered for
appointment as a member of the Trust Board to manage the affairs of the Tuntable
Creek Public Hall Reserve Trust. The closing date is 17 July, 2000
I will be visiting West of the Range Towns on Monday 3 July, Kyogle on Tuesday 4
July and Casino on Friday 7 July. For an appointment or further information on
above, please telephone Karen or Bronwyn on 6621 3624.