Deniliquin community leaders to face Local Land Services panel to demand answers today.By Zoe McMaugh
Regional councils are still seeking answers on the proposed formation of Local Land Services, despite questioning three sitting NSW Parliament members about it this month.
Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils chair Terry Hogan said the only assurance councils received at its recent meeting in Jerilderie was that LLS consultation meetings are under way.
Member for Murray-Darling John Williams, Member for Murrumbidgee Adrian Piccoli and Member for Albury Greg Aplin could provide no further information.
Councils, community groups, farmers, organisations and other community members will demand answers about the proposed super organisation — which will merge the Department of Primary Industries, Catchment Management Authority and Livestock Health and Pest Authority — at a meeting in Deniliquin this morning.
Members of the LLS reference panel, including chair Dr John Keniry, will host the consultation workshop at the Deniliquin RSL Club from 9am to noon.
Cr Hogan said the lack of information on the proposed super organisation, which was first revealed in October, was concerning.
‘‘One issue on most peoples’ minds at the (RAMROC) meeting was Local Land Services,’’ he said.
‘‘There are still a lot of unknowns.
‘‘There is a community concensus that there has been a duplication of services, but there is also a concensus that we do not want the services we are getting to be withdrawn or disappear.’’
Deniliquin Deputy Mayor Ashley Hall said RAMROC delegates were ‘‘very vocal’’ about the proposed LLS.
He said they were assured that the proposal was still ‘‘a work in progress’’
Since being revealed last year, the Pastoral Times has learned at least seven of the eight jobs servicing the region from Deniliquin’s DPI office will be cut as a result of LLS.
At least 15 permanent Murray CMA positions from across Deniliquin, Buronga and Albury are also expected to be cut.
The impact the changes will have on research funding and the retention of services and offices is still unknown.
In addition to the consultation meetings, comments on LLS will be accepted www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/locallandservices.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
Outreach worker Les Twentyman, a local policeman and ERH worker, were among guest speakers at the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service community forum about substance abuse last week.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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