Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Call to Reject Report on LHPA

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Call to Reject Report on LHPA

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NSW Farmers has rejected the key recommendations of the Ryan Report into the governance and structure of the state's Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPA).

The association's concerns were outlined in a submission lodged with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) on Tuesday.

The Ryan Report's recommendations require landholders to continue contributing to LHPA funding but at the same time remove the grass roots involvement of farmers.

NSW Farmers president, Ms Fiona Simson, said without that involvement, the LHPA becomes a government entity instead of a landholder organisation.

She said rates paid by landholders would not go to a local board, but could be perceived to be just another tax funding a government entity.

The situation was exacerbated by the proposed merging of the DPI with catchment management authorities, weed authorities, and DPI frontline functions, to create a regional delivery agency for government.

Ms Simson urged the NSW Government to dismiss the report and to embark on sensible reforms enabling LHPAs to provide greater value to ratepayers. …

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