Echo 24 March 2005
Following a number of enquiries, concerns and requests for information on
recent tick outbreaks, policy, vaccinations and the loss of cattle due to tick
fever, I convened meetings in Casino and Murwillumbah. Approximately 300 local
producers attended to discuss their growing concerns relating to cattle ticks.
Representatives from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the Cattle
Tick Program were present to advise its current position regarding tick control,
outbreaks, vaccinations and the outline for the future.
The meetings moved five motions, calling on the Minister for Primary Industries
to - 1) create a buffer zone along the border with Qld, 2) not allow the use of
vaccines except when moving stock into infected areas, 3) not allow the movement
of Qld cattle onto NSW properties unless previously blood tested, 4) to fully
fund the cost of chemicals for properties which are currently quarantined, 5)
not pursue current policy in relation to the cattle tick program.
Electorate Functions -
Anzac Day - I was honoured to attend Anzac Day commemorations starting with
the Dawn Service at Kyogle, the march and a luncheon at Casino and a Battle of
Britain Tribute at Lismore. Trinity Catholic College also remembered this
special occasion with a ceremony on 29 April.
Deaf Society Community Consultation - I was pleased to attend this meeting which
aims to establish a parent support group for those of deaf children. The evening
was a great time of sharing experiences and discussing the future directions of
Police & Emergency Service Awards - it is always a pleasure to attend the
combined Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service Medals & Awards Presentation
Service. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the long term service and
bravery of officers, together with the commitment from volunteers. at the same
time appreciating the support provided by their families, partners and friends.
Bus Timetable Changes
I have been overwhelmed by the number of phone calls, letters, faxes and
emails regarding the changes to Kirklands bus timetables. During my six years as
local member I have not received such a response to any issue in such a short
period of time. I am continuing to forward all correspondence to both Kirklands
and the Ministry of Transport for its consideration when reviewing changes.
Farmers Miss Out As FarmBis Funding Refused
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Duncan Gay has highlighted that
farmers are being disadvantaged as they forfeit training and education advances
because the NSW Labor Government has refused to sign up to FarmBis 3 funding.
NSW is the only State in Australia that had failed to commit to the funding.
FarmBis is a joint Federal/State program that offers financial incentives to
farmers to access training courses. The funding is especially important to
farmers in this time of need as they continue to battle the ongoing drought. Mr
Gay said the funding was allocated in the State Budget so he could not
understand the hold up. FarmBis funding has not been available since August 2003
and he has called on the NSW Labor Government to get a move on and release it
and allocates future funding for the program in the upcoming State Budget on May
Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues
This Committee is undertaking an inquiry into Dental Services, that closes
Friday 27 May 2005. Terms of reference and other information relating to this
inquiry is available at
Last week I had the pleasure of attending, along with The Hon Larry Anthony,
The Hon Ian Causley MP & Mr Steve Cansdell MP, a presentation in Casino to
acknowledge 40 years or more of membership and service to the National Party by
Did you know .?
Floral Emblem - The Waratah (Telopea Speciosissima) is the floral emblem of New
South Wales, a large (10-12cm across) and spectacular scarlet flower growing in
the bush in clumps of tall stems. The Waratah is protected by law.
Bird Emblem - The Kookaburra (Dacelo Gigas) is the bird emblem of NSW. This
great brown kingfisher is sometimes called a 'laughing jackass' because of its
distinctive territorial laughing call. Meat eaters, they hunt snakes, lizards,
fish and insects and live at forest edges, in clearings.
Animal Emblem - The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus Anatinus), is the animal emblem of
NSW. The platypus is a furry creature, about 30-38cm long, it has webbed feet
and a large duck-like bill which it uses to gather its food from the bottom of
Fish Emblem - The Blue Groper (Achoerodus Viridis) was proclaimed the State fish
of NSW in 1998. A friendly but powerful coastal fish that often follows divers.
It can be up to a metre long and weigh between 2-15kg, though some specimens may
reach 40kg or more.