Express Examiner July 00
Tomorrow I will be interviewing in Casino at the Richmond Valley Council
Chambers, to secure an appointment please telephone my staff on 6621 3624.
During July there is a short break in Parliament and I will be available for
appointments at the office or if possible, I am happy to make alternative
arrangements upon request.
I have received a number of supporting calls and messages from local dairy
farmers following last Thursday's weeklong deadlock and the passing of the Dairy
Industry Bill. The Coalition secured a guarantee from the Carr Government that
will assess the financial impacts of dairy deregulation on farmers and their
communities. After protracted negotiations, the Coalition secured an undertaking
from Agriculture Minister, Richard Amery to establish a committee to investigate
the financial impacts of dairy deregulation and make recommendations to the
Minister for assistance. This will see the Federal Government's compensation
package flow to dairy farmers as planned. I was pleased the Carr Government had
finally conceded the State had a role to assist farmers through the extremely
difficult process of deregulation. The Coalition and I will keenly follow the
Committee's formation, investigations and recommended outcomes. Those outcomes
will be pursued vigorously by the Coalition to ensure NSW dairy farmers get the
best deal, be it State-based financial assistance or other measures.
Countering Stock Theft
New regulations require drivers transporting stock to carry a statement with
details of the animals on their vehicles. Failure to present the statement to
police or Rural Lands Protection Board officers will result in prosecution.
These measures are aimed at reducing the incidence of stock theft. As mentioned
previously, before I am involved with a submission to the Rural Crime Working
Party regarding this issue.
National Parks Fires
Recently, it was my honour to represent the Lismore electorate and my community
at the Memorial Service for the National Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters
who lost their lives and those still struggling with their injuries. The Service
reminded me of the great contribution our National Park rangers and firefighters
make together with the other emergency services, including local bush fire
brigades, police and ambulance.
Dr Vasan Rural Medical Memorial Scholarship Fund
I was very pleased to read how Mrs Vicki Vasan and local GP, Dr Cathryn Amey had
launched the Dr Senthil Vasan Rural Medical Memorial Scholarship Fund in
partnership with the University of NSW. Encouraging students to country areas
was a vision of Dr Vasan's. This is to be commended and the fact that the first
student will be visiting Casino next year has made this vision a reality.
New Cattle Movement Controls
These new controls for cattle will come into force in a bid to further control
the spread of Bovine Johne's Disease (BJD). It will mean that all cattle (with
the exception of steers) from Control Zones in NSW will need to have originated
from Market Assurance Program herds or Check Tested herds before they could be
moved to QLD. The Casino and Tweed/Lismore Rural Land Protection Boards are
currently in Control Zones for BJD and cattle producers in these areas will need
to be aware of the new controls. Please do not hesitate to contact my office for
Country Commuters To Sydney
I have recently been advised of an independent analysis of problems associated
with the Airport Rail Link, following recent difficulties incurred at the
introduction of the service. Any country travellers who may have encountered
disruptions or wish to convey their views about the service, can do so by
writing or contacting my office.
ACCC - CD ROM
For the interest of local small businesses, the Australian Competition and
Consumer Commission has supplied a pricing kit CD ROM to my office. I would like
to make this CD ROM available for use by local small businesses and anyone
wishing to obtain more details should contact my office.