ONLINE LIVESTOCK TRADING
Central West Local Land Services staff are reporting higher incidences of buying and selling of livestock online. When used correctly these platforms can be a great way to buy and sell.
The biggest issue I urge all to note is with unregulated online trading, buyers and sellers need be aware of the rules and risks, otherwise they could be exposed to fines for noncompliance as well as increasing the risk of spreading animal diseases.
It is an offence under the Stock Diseases Act to buy or sell stock through any website, newspaper, magazine or saleyards without a registered PIC and the appropriate paperwork.
If you would like to know more about the requirements for keeping, selling and buying stock, how to complete a PigPass, Travelling Stock Statement or apply for a PIC, please contact your nearest Local Land Services office.
$654,000 in funding for a suicide prevention initiative is targeted at social housing tenants across rural and regional areas in NSW, as part of a state-wide $8 million investment. The Suicide Prevention Fund helps non-government organisations prevent suicide in local communities, part of a record $1.8 billion annual investment in mental health.
This program will help to identify the symptoms and early warning signs of mental illness. Funding for each project will be provided over four years and was awarded under an open, competitive tender process, evaluated by an expert panel.
Projects will collaborate across community organisations, Local Health Districts and Primary Health Networks.
If you or someone you know needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.
NEXT STEP TO DELIVER REFORMS
The NSW Government’s greyhound industry reforms are progressing with recruitment under way for the new regulator and commercial body board, Minister for Racing Paul Toole announced today.
The creation of the independent commission is a key part of the reformed greyhound industry structure. Separating regulatory and commercial functions will improve governance, transparency and accountability. I encourage applicants with extensive commercial or regulatory experience to consider making a contribution to the industry and to apply for one of the advertised positions.
The NSW Government has committed $41 million over the next five years to implement the reforms, with $11 million for the establishment and initial operation of the integrity commission and $30 million to improve animal welfare including track upgrades to reduce injury risks. For more information on the reforms, visit www.industry.nsw.gov.au/about/our-business/department/racing/greyhound-racing.
BOOKS 4 OUTBACK
Books4 Outback deliver pre-loved books to enhance the lives of children in regional areas and this week they will be they undertaking their first planned "outback” trip of the year, see below for dates:
Monday May 8 - Inverell
Tuesday May 9 - Moree
Wednesday May 10 - Walgett
Wednesday May 10 - Lightening Ridge
Thursday May 11 - Bourke
Books4Outback will be involved in another 4 trips during the year.
OUT AND ABOUT
Parliament continues this week so I will spend much of the week in Sydney before heading back to Wee Waa and Narrabri to attend some very exciting events later in the week.
Coonamble public holiday May 31 for Coonamble Show.