Council fears loss of weed control

UPPER LACHLAN Councillors fear that a review of livestock health and pest authority could lead to centralisation of the fight against weeds and loss of Council input.
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At Council’s last meeting, Noxious Weeds Manager Mr. Paul Brown reported on an independent review of the Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) model.

The review, conducted by Terry Ryan, was commissioned by the State Government last year to investigate and address concerns with the way in which the Authority operates.

The Authority replaced the old P.P. Boards.

The Ryan Review recommends “landmark and far-reaching changes to the delivery of these services to rural landholders across NSW.”

Mr. Brown told Council that the Review has made a number of significant recommendations that have the potential to “dramatically alter” the framework of animal and pest management in NSW.

Included in this would be dissolving the existing 14 LHPAs and establishing a single State-wide Authority.

This Authority would be manned by Ministerial appointees.

Mr. Brown said that if adopted the recommendations could also mean weeds management could also be handled by the single State authority.

Cr. Brian McCormack said he wouldn’t be sorry to see the current LHPA boards “go,” but he feared the centralisation of noxious weed management.

Cr. Mike Coley and Cr. Brian Moloney successfully moved that Council make a submission on the Ryan Report seeking to maintain local noxious weeds control functions as at present, and that Councils be consulted during the process of any changes.

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