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Deniliquin consulation meeting confirmed

Workshops on the proposed Local Land Services super agency - which will merge the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Catchment Management Authorities and Livestock Health and Pest Authorities - will be held in Deniliquin next month.

ZOE MCMAUGH January 16, 2013 4:34am

Local consultation on the NSW Government’s proposed Local Land Services initiative has finally been announced.

A public consultation workshop will be held in Deniliquin on February 19.

All people potentially affected by the development of the new organisation are encouraged to attend.

The LLS proposes merging the Livestock Health and Pest Authority, Catchment Management Authority and Department of Primary industries into one super organisation.

The LLS proposal is expected to impact on seven of eight positions at the Deniliquin DPI office.

It has been confirmed that 50 per cent of permanent jobs will be lost from across the Murray CMA’s Deniliquin, Buronga and Albury offices.

An inside source has also told the Pastoral Times that research funding may also be cut.

Until NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson visited the local area in later November, there had been no consultation with Deniliquin’s affected workers since the announcement of the new organisation.

Ms Hodgkinson made the promise that the LLS reference panel would hold a meeting in Deniliquin while she was here.

Riverina LHPA general manager Geoff Corboy said it was important anyone likely to be impacted by the LSS being implemented attend the meeting.

It will be held at the Deniliquin RSL Club on Tuesday, February 19, from 9am to noon.

‘‘It’s a good opportunity for local ratepayers to put their views across,’’ Mr Corboy said.

‘‘At present, only the proposed boundaries have been released but by the meeting the structure of the boards should be known.

‘‘Anyone who may be affected should attend.

‘‘The best way to ensure you have some input is to go to the meeting or visit the Have Your Say website.’’

Other meetings will also be held at Hay, Wentworh and Broken Hill.

NSW Member for Murray-Darling John Williams said NSW Government was determined to build Local Land Services, but in ‘‘direct consultation’’ with the community.

‘‘The workshops will be led by John Keniry, as chair of the Stakeholder Reference Panel, and Mick Keogh as an independent facilitator,’’ Mr Williams said.

‘‘Local Land Services is more than just an amalgamation of DPI, LHPA and CMAs, it is a real opportunity to re-think how the NSW Government delivers agricultural and natural resource management services.

‘‘Representatives from all sectors which have a stake in Local Land Services – farmers and primary producers, ratepayers, natural resource managers, Land and Coastcare members, local councils, the aquaculture industry and estuarine managers – are invited to take part.’’

A final draft of the proposed Local Land Services boundaries is currently on the Have Your Say website - - and the Stakeholder Reference Panel is continuing to take comments on these.

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