Now is the time for individuals and organisations in the Barwon electorate to have their say on the draft Western Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan.
The draft plan has been developed collaboratively with the Western Regional Pest Animal Committee and Western Local Land Services and is currently on public exhibition until Friday 20 April 2018.
This is a direct response from the NSW Government to the Natural Resource Commission review into the management of pest animals. Information sessions are being held across the region to explain how the plan was developed, what it means for the region and how provide input into the final plan.
Have your say at: www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/have-your-say/
BUS BOOSTING BUSINESS IN BARWON ELECTORATE
I encourage small business owners in and around Coonamble and Coonabarabran to visit the NSW Government's Business Bus this week where they will receive independent advice from experienced business advisors.
The Business Connect program travels across the State with experts on board to share advice on small business strategies including marketing, financial and legal advice and business planning.
The Business Bus will visit the following location between 9am and 3pm:
- Coonamble – 84 Castlereagh St (in front of visitor centre) on Thursday, March 15
- Coonabarabran – 14-22 John St on Friday March 16
To find out more call 1300 134 359 or visit www.industry.nsw.gov.au/businessconnect
BORDER STATES BRIDGING THE GAP IN BIOSECURITY
A joint operation between New South Wales and Queensland Government’s was held in Toowoomba last week simulating a biosecurity emergency. Over 200 people from across the area participated in the five day simulation, making it the biggest functional biosecurity exercise undertaken in Australia in the last decade.
Exercise Border Bridge is a large-scale biosecurity exercise, taking place from State Co-ordination Centres in Orange and Brisbane, and a joint Local Control Centre in Toowoomba. It involves the mock-up scenario of an emergency plant pest and animal disease outbreak occurring across both states simultaneously. The final stage of the program will take place in July, where there will be an exercise evaluation and briefing to industry representatives on the programs outcomes.
Functional exercises like this are vital to protecting our $15.4 billion primary industries sector, the environment and our communities.
STRONGER COMMUNITIES FUNDING FOR NARRABRI
Narrabri Shire Council has received $777,374 in funding to breathe life into local community projects as part of the NSW Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities fund. Successful projects to be funded under Stronger Country Communities include:
- Jubilee Oval Infrastructure Project – $159,218
- Boggabri Golf Club Automated Watering System – $131,856
- Narrabri Creek Walk Cycle Path Section 1 – $486,300
Stronger Country Communities funding is an investment in local infrastructure to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of our region – this funding will help us do exactly that for the Narrabri Shire.
Stronger Country Communities applications for round two open March 12 and close May 4. Further details can be found at www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.