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is pleased with the recommendations of the
In particular, the Committee recommended
a co-investment program, jointly funded by
the Commonwealth and State Government,
to expand the mobile coverage footprint in
regional Australia, focusing on priority areas
selected with community input. Open access
arrangements to tower infrastructure for other
carriers and domestic roaming agreements
should be a feature of the program.
Rob Seekamp Memorial Scholarship
The Rob Seekamp Memorial Scholarship,
in memory of PAWD Council member and
Immediate Past President, the late Robert (Rob)
Seekamp, was launched in 2011, with PAWD
Council acting as Trustee for the Scholarship fund.
The first recipient of the scholarship is Stephanie
McKenzie, who is studying a Bachelor of Health
Science/Master of Physiotherapy at Flinders
University in Adelaide. The scholarship is open
to tertiary students from the Western Division of
NSW who are studying courses as a precursor to
future employment within the Western Division.
Broken Hill’s biennial Agfair, a two-day
agricultural field day and the biggest event on
the region’s calendar was held in early May 2012.
Agfair attracts approximately 300 exhibitors and
12,000 patrons to Broken Hill.
In association with Broken Hill Rotarians, past and
present members of the PAWD worked tirelessly
over a number of months to make Agfair a great
success. The estimated value of each Agfair event
to the economy of Broken Hill is $1.5 million.
PAWD: the year ahead
Over the next 12 months, PAWD will continue
lobbying and negotiating with all levels of
government and their departments, statutory
bodies and corporations on behalf of members,
as it has done since 1907. We can only hope that
commodity prices remain resilient, the Australian
dollar loses ground against the US dollar,
highways in the region are finally sealed and that
drought does not return for many years.
take that was less that 40 percent of the available
quota for the past three years, and this trend has
continued in 2012.
The commercial cull of kangaroos in NSW
is regulated by guidelines set down in the
Commercial Kangaroo Harvest Management
Plan, which runs for a period of five years. Review
and development of the 2012–16 Plan took
place during 2011, and as part of this process,
stakeholders were invited to make submissions.
The PAWD made three key recommendations.
Our suggestion to amend the criteria applied
to the issue of special kangaroo harvest quotas
was adopted, and there was agreement to trial
surveying of euro numbers as part of the annual
fixed wing kangaroo survey in 2012. The PAWD
was unable to force a change to the ban on skin
only shooting in the new plan, but was able
to secure an understanding that the Office of
Environment and Heritage would review the
case for reintroduction of skin only shooting if
industry circumstances warrant it.
NLIS for goats
PAWD has been actively lobbying against the
proposed introduction of National Livestock
Identification System (NLIS) tags for rangeland
goats over the past 12 months.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries
and the Goat Industry Council of Australia
have been made aware of PAWD’s view that
the current tagging exemptions for goats sold
to depots or slaughter should remain in place.
A move to compulsory tagging would be a
major disincentive to landholders who remove
unmanaged goats from their property.
As a result of representations made by the
PAWD on behalf of all landholders, Wild Dog
Destruction Board rates and Western Lands
Lease rental were partially paid by the NSW
Government in 2011. PAWD Council believes this
is a fair and equitable method of assistance to
landholders recovering from long-term drought.
The PAWD made a submission to the 2011–12
Regional Telecommunications Review and
Reforming and gravel resheeting work on
gravel roads currently taking place represents a
considerable investment by Roads and Maritime
Services. The best way to protect this investment
is to seal the road as soon as possible.
The Silver City Highway between Broken Hill and
Tibooburra and the Cobb Highway between
Ivanhoe and Wilcannia remain as the only
unsealed highways in NSW. These roads are
key routes to markets for livestock producers in
the far west of NSW, as well as being important
tourist thoroughfares. The Silver City Highway is
also a gateway to the Cooper Basin.
Two PAWD councillors appeared before the NSW
Legislative Council Standing Committee on State
Development in November, presenting a case for
sealing of these roads. The Standing Committee
subsequently recommended that the Minister
for Roads develop a planning schedule to
complete the sealing of the Cobb and Silver City
Highways as soon as practicable.
Stock transit yards
PAWD has been working closely with a number
of partner organisations for the past few years
in an effort to build new stock transit yards in
Road closures due to rain in the region have
seen livestock unloaded in private yards close
to Broken Hill many times over the past few
years, testing the goodwill extended by the
owners of these yards. An application to the
Regional Development Grants Scheme for new
yards was unsuccessful, but the PAWD is still
actively pursuing this matter and it is hoped that
a satisfactory outcome will be achieved in the
Kangaroos comprise a significant part of the total
grazing pressure on pastures in western NSW,
and PAWD members have noticed a buildup in
numbers as a result of the exceptional run of
The PAWD is represented on the Kangaroo
Management Advisory Panel, a group of
stakeholders who meet to advise the Office of
Environment and Heritage on matters relating to
culling of kangaroos in NSW. The PAWD would
like to see full utilisation of the commercial cull
quota whenever possible, but seasonal and
market conditions have resulted in a commercial
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