Cattle Tick Motion

Express Examiner 28 March 01

Cattle Tick Motion

To highlight the discontent of producers in my electorate, I recently tabled the following motion, that the Legislative Assembly condemns the Carr Government and the Minister for Agriculture for: their failure to protect the NSW cattle Industry from cattle ticks;
totally ignoring the advice to producers by representatives of NSW agriculture at a public meeting in Casino late last year, that producers would not be charged for tickicide;
ignoring the Departments advice resulting in the control of ticks being forced underground leaving the state susceptible to general outbreaks;
for not having any confidence whatsoever in the producer members of the Board of Tick Control, by now making decisions without any consultation or advice from them;
for stockowners now finding themselves with tick infestation as a direct result of NSW Agricultural advice to stockowners not to treat their stock. Following this advice the Minister for Agriculture should now be responsible for costs incurred by producers for the eradication;
call on the Minister for Agriculture to now pick up the tab for costs incurred by producers for the eradication. I will continue to pursue an acceptable outcome for the cattle producers in the tick quarantine area.

Firearms Spokesperson Consults

Mr Adrian Picolli, National Party Spokesperson for Firearms visited Casino recently to speak and discuss various issues of concern with local sporting and firearm organisations. For further information or to obtain a copy of the updated National Party policy, please contact my office.

Influx of Ministers

I have been pleased the Lismore electorate has been visited by a number of State Government Ministers in the last couple of months. With the Emergency Services Minister, Bob Debus visiting during the Casino storms, NSW Premier, Bob Carr and Minister for Local Government and Regional Development, Harry Woods following the floods. More recently John Della Bosca, Special Minister of State and Minister for Industrial Relations opened the Detox Unit in Lismore. I appreciated that the Minister for Public Works and Minister assisting the Premier on Citizenship, Morris Iemma accepted my invitation to visit Lismore, during the day he spoke with and attended a multicultural morning tea. Minister Iemma also visited Casino inspecting damage, met with and presented cheques to Richmond Valley and Kyogle Council.

Unpaid Contractors

A public meeting was held last week to discuss problems with processing insurance claims. A number of local tradesman and building suppliers attended the meeting, voicing their concerns and experiences. I am urging all householders to submit accounts/documents immediately to insurance company promptly. I have today made representations to the Insurance Disaster Organisation.

Public Housing Pensioner Lose In Rent Rise

The Carr Labor Government has missed timed a public housing rent increase on pensioners to coincide with the Federal Government's pensioner income increase. Andrew Humpherson, Shadow Minister for Housing believes the Federal Government's $7.90 per fortnight CPI increase to pensioner incomes has been "stolen" by Premier Carr's public housing rent increase. Pensioners will loose more than 80% of their pension increase because of the rent slug.

Free Olympic Mini Buses

Expressions of Interest are being called for on 29 mini buses used by VIPs and wheelchair athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics. The buses will be allocated free to non-profit community organisations that provide transport services for people with disabilities. An information pack is available from my office upon request. Closing date 20 April 2001.

Townlife Development Program

An initiative aimed at fostering economic growth and job creation in towns and villages under 2,500 people. Assistance for `self-help' programs, which need seed funding until they become self-sustaining, will be made available under the Town Life Development Program. Expressions of Interest are being called for second round funding and the closing date is 30 April 2001.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577