Stock Theft Forums
Echo 28 September 00
Stock Theft Forums
I was recently appointed by the National Party to conduct an inquiry into the
growing incidence of stock theft. There is little doubt that the demise of the
Stock Squad under the Carr Government has left our farm sector exposed. To date I
have visited Yass, Narrandera, Mudgee, Coonabarabran, Walgett,
Narrabri and Nyngan. Each of these forums has been well attended enabling me to
collect valuable information to assist me in compiling a submission on the
Party's behalf to the Government's Rural Crime Working Party.
Early Intervention into Learning Difficulties Inquiry
The Legislative Council's Standing Committee on Social Issues is undertaking an
inquiry into early intervention into learning difficulties during the early
childhood years (ages 0-8). The primary emphasis of the inquiry is on the
evaluation and development of programs for children with learning difficulties
who with appropriate early intervention would be able to achieve age appropriate
outcomes throughout their schooling. Written submissions are welcome from any interested
persons. Copies of the terms of reference are available from my office. The closing date
is 8 December 2000.
Town Life Development Program
This new program is aimed at communities under 2,500 people.
Assistance will be to 75% of the project cost up to $15,000. Project
categories for possible funding are:
Events & Tourism Development
Youth Indigenous & non English Speaking Backgrounds
The first round of expressions of interest will close on 13 October with a
second call taking place in February 2001. Further details and application
forms can be obtained through my office.
Water Management Bill
I was pleased last week to learn of the Carr Government's withdrawal of its
Water Management Bill and is currently preparing a new Bill to be tabled when
Parliament resumes next month. The National Party and many water groups were
concerned about a number of aspects of the Bill which hopefully will be