The Kyogle News July 00
During July there is a short break in Parliament and I will have the
opportunity of interviewing in Casino, Kyogle and conducting a West of the Range
The Coalition's amendment for a State-based Structural Adjustment Price
Support Scheme for NSW dairy farmers facing deregulation was passed in the Upper
House last week. However, when the amended Dairy Industry Bill was returned to
the Lower House the Government, including Country Labor, refused to accept it.
The Bill was returned to the Upper House where it received the same level of
support from the Independents. We believe the Coalition's package is essential
for the future survival of dairy farmers and their communities across NSW. It is
incumbent on the Carr Government to accept this Bill as amended and provide a
Scheme to assist farmers over the first three years of deregulation. An update
on the current status can be requested by contacting my office.
The Stock Squad of the NSW Police has been reduced under the Carr Government
to the status of the virtually non-existence. The Carr Government must
immediately reinstate and dedicate specific officers to the stock squad and to
resource it sufficiently so it can do its job. I am currently involved in
preparing a submission to the Rural Crime Working Party regarding this issue.
National Parks Fires
It was my honour to represent 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
The National CommunityLink Awards 2000
Every year, one in five Australians over the age of 15 works as a volunteer.
These Awards have been established to encourage more Australians to work for
their communities and to recognise and reward outstanding examples of voluntary
programs and projects. Nomination forms are available and the closing date: