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NSW CALLS FOR EAST COAST AGRICULTURE LABOUR TASK FORCE TO BE ESTABLISHED

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NSW CALLS FOR EAST COAST AGRICULTURE LABOUR TASK FORCE TO BE ESTABLISHED

NSW CALLS FOR EAST COAST AGRICULTURE LABOUR TASK FORCE TO BE ESTABLISHED

As NSW and Australian agricultural sectors grapple with critical labour shortages, ahead of a predicted record harvest season, Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall has called for an overhaul of the country’s approach to seasonal work.
Mr Marshall declared his intent to work closely with the Queensland, Victorian and Tasmanian Governments to establish an East Coast Agriculture Labour Task Force.
“The NSW Government is committed to stronger primary industries, a sector which is key to the food security of Australia and beyond, but the issues impacting labour availability need to be tackled now,” Mr Marshall said.
“Unfortunately, it is now at the stage where the states have to lead the response. I will work closely with my counterparts in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania to convene a cross-jurisdiction between officials, agricultural departments and industry bodies.
“I am confident my fellow Ministers will see the benefits of this alliance and we will be able to sit down within weeks to progress initiatives quickly to strengthen our primary industries sector.”
The Task Force would:

  • Identify opportunities to provide flexibility in the Commonwealth Pacific Mobility Programs to access workers and their movements within and across jurisdictions,
  • Develop local initiatives and solutions to mobilise labour and equipment,
  • Identify innovative tools, technology, processes, and machinery that will automate systems to reduce the reliance on temporary labour,
  • Identify skills, education and training gaps that will support industry into the future,
  • Develop a roadmap to address structural and reputational issues in the sector,
  • Develop a communication strategy to promote jobs and careers in agriculture, and
  • Advocate on behalf of the east coast states on issues of national importance.

“NSW has already led the way with support through the pandemic, including pioneering the Ag Workers’ Code, aiding the arrival of more than 2,000 foreign workers and subsidising their hotel quarantine costs to the tune of $3 million,” Mr Marshall said.

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Land and Environment Court imposes fines and costs totalling $285,600 against Forestry Corporation

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Wild Cattle Creek State Forest.

Land and Environment Court imposes fines and costs totalling $285,600 against Forestry Corporation

The NSW Land and Environment Court has found the Forestry Corporation guilty of the unlawful logging of precious rainforest and the logging of koala habitat in Wild Cattle Creek State Forest. The Court found these offences caused actual environmental harm, particularly to koala habitat.

Sue Higginson welcomed the judgement, “Forestry Corporation is a serial offender and can not and should not be trusted to manage our precious public native forest estate any longer,

Wild Cattle Creek State Forest.

Sue Higginson

“The illegal logging operations occurred in 2018 and the $285,600 worth of fines and costs that have been delivered to Forestry Corporation today are long overdue,

“It is outrageous that in the Court the Forestry Corporation argued that their unlawful activity was insignificant and that the Koala habitat destroyed was not habitat of an ‘important population’. The Koala has been listed as an endangered species. Every population is important and significant when dealing with a species that faces extinction by 2050.

“The Forestry Corporation is a serial offender with 7 previous court convictions and in the past 5 years 24 official cautions and 13 penalty notices being delivered by the Environment Protection Agency.

Back in 2011 the Court held that “the number of convictions [against the Forestry Corporation] suggests either a pattern of continuing disobedience in respect of environmental laws generally or, at the very least, a cavalier attitude to compliance with such laws.” It found “that the Forestry Commission’s conduct does manifest a reckless attitude towards compliance with its environmental obligations.”

“Forestry Corporation has proved it can not be trusted and its cavalier attitude to threatened species and their habitats must end,”.

“We must end the industrial scale logging of our precious public native forests as a matter of urgency. The industry runs at a financial loss and is heavily subsidised by the public purse. Our forests provide an important front line of defence against the impacts of climate change, they are culturally significant, they are the refuge to many threatened species that are facing extinction, they provide clean water and rainfall. Our public forest estate provides a valuable education and recreation resource. Logging our public forests no longer stacks up.” Ms Higginson said.

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It’s time to fix Inland Rail

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It's time to fix Inland Rail

It’s time to fix Inland Rail

NSW Farmers and the CWA of NSW have stressed the importance of getting the Inland Rail project back on track as they welcomed the appointment of Catherine King as federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
“Our communities want this project to go ahead, but the last few years have been frustrating,” NSW Farmers Inland Rail Taskforce chair Adrian Lyons said.

“We’ve tried to work with bureaucrats, previous ministers, and the ARTC themselves to put forward science and evidence-based concerns in relation to the execution of this project, and at almost every turn we have been ignored.

“This tin-eared approach has cost the project time, and it has caused the community stress and angst. This has to stop.”

Both organisations had been calling for an independent review of the Inland Rail project, in line with their respective policy positions voted on by members.

“The fact is, if this independent review had been done when it was first raised, we’d have track already laid in greenfield sites by now,” CWA of NSW president Joy Beames said.

The organisations agreed that a review of the ARTC’s business case and other matters would be welcome, but they also didn’t want to see more time and money wasted.
“A recent Senate inquiry into the ARTC’s management of the Inland Rail project produced a comprehensive set of findings and recommendations,” Ms Beame said.
“The previous government ignored many of them, and the lack of consultation has cost the project time.
“We urge the new government and Minister King to revisit this report as a matter of urgency and to take immediate steps to engage with us, and the wider community, about how these recommendations can be adopted.”

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GENUINE CLEARING SALE

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GENUINE CLEARING SALE
A/c Jeffrey Eyears
935 Spring Grove Road SPRING GROVE
Property sold
SATURDAY 18TH JUNE 2022
COMMENCING 9am

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GENUINE CLEARING SALE A/c Jeffrey Eyears 935 Spring Grove Road SPRING GROVE Property sold SATURDAY 18TH JUNE 2022 COMMENCING 9am

GENUINE CLEARING SALE
A/c Jeffrey Eyears
935 Spring Grove Road SPRING GROVE
Property sold
SATURDAY 18TH JUNE 2022
COMMENCING 9am

 

FARMING MACHINERY EQUIPMENT:
International 696 with Front end loader, International 574 with re-built motor, Ford 5000 with under axle blade, Hebru
60hp tractor with Perkins motor, Case 970 tractor, John Deere 400 Loader/Backhoe (not starting), Case Loader
with 4 in 1 bucket & rippers (not starting), Louisville 800 Truck tipper, Honda CTX 200 Ag bike, 1 x 600L Hardie
Boom spray with telescopic boom, 1 x 800L Silvan Boom Spray, 1 x 400L Silvan spray tank, Jarrett Grader blade 3ptl,
Fertiliser Spreader, Howard 6ft slasher, Field bin, Howard 5ft Rotary hoe, 3 x Tyne Ripper, Howard 6ft Rotary hoe,
11ft Massey Ferguson Curly Tyne ripper, 5’6” Massey Ferguson Curly Tyne ripper, 11’9” Massey Ferguson Scuffling
ripper, 2 x International Post Hole diggers, Jarrett Ploy pipe layer, David Brown 2 x furrow Mouldboard Plough,
International Mouldboard plough, International 6 x furrow Mouldboard plough, 1 x steel roller, International 24 plate
offset plough, Flip bucket, New Holland trailing Hay rake, Farm Dog trailer, 30ft Wideline Scarrifier, 25 tyne Wideline
Scarrifier, Stump jump harrows, 1 x Round Poly trough, Farm tipping trailer, calf crate, Irrigation pump with pipes,
Tractor weights, Large Molasses tank, Block splitter 3ptl, Post Driver, Forks 3ptl, 2 x Carryalls, Donnelly Post Hole
digger 3ptl, Kubota Ride on mower (not going), calf crush, Murray Ride on Mower, 17’6” Farm trailer with steel floor,
Series B tractor cab, Star pickets, Cement pipes, Aluminium pipes, 2 x IBC containers, Rolls of wire mesh, Scales,
Tractor draw bar, plastic drums, Poly pipe and fittings, Rolls of Barbed wire, Plain wire, Case tractor seat, Diesel
Storage tank, Pallett Ripper parts, Floats and spare parts, steel gates, lengths of cattle rail,
WORKSHOP & MECHANIC TOOLS:
Toolex Lathe, Toolmac Milling Machine, 3Three Phase pedestal grinder, Sheet metal bender, Toolex 300 Mig
welder, 3 Phase Miller Thunderbolt XL welder, Shipping Container, numerous fanbelts, Compressor with Petrol
motor, Oil filters, radiators, Overhead Gantry, Endless Chain, Steel cabinets, Oxy set, Patio heater, Buckets, Gerry
cans, Hydraulic Press, Dual wheel tyre remover, Containers of Oil and chemicals, 44 gallon drum pump, drums,
numerous steel work benches, small rubber tyres, 15 x I beams, Large number steel trusses, Three Phase steel cut
off saw, Isuzu Motor & gearbox, numerous sprockets and gears, wire cages, Assortment shovels and hammers,
Truck axles and rims, 2 x Ride on mower decks, Conveyor belt, numerous axles with wheels, Mechanical ute
crane, Large quantity socket sets and hand tools, Pneumatic had tools, Screwdriver sets, 3 x trolley jacks, Stihl
066 Magnum chainsaw, Stihl 026 Post hole borer, Large quantity 12v electric lights, fittings and spare parts, 2 x
utility tool boxes, Large assortment of nuts and bolts, Sorting trays, 2 x pressure washers, Ass of electrical tools
including grinders, drills, circular saws, planers, Vehicle stands, Quantity of Petrol pumps, Genelite generator, Hose
reels, Hydraulic Porta pack, numerous metal cut off saws, blades and sanding discs, Numerous large spanners,
stilsons, shifting spanners, grease guns, car jacks, numerous lengths of 100mm RHS, steel offcuts off angle, flat bar,
I beams, roller doors, welding rods, measurement tools, large impact sockets, trestles, ladders, wire mesh, pipe
bender, top hat battens and lifting chains
HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE & ANTIQUES:
2 x Two door timber wardrobes, 1 x Three door timber wardrobe, 1 x Two door timber tallboy, Round glass 4 seater
table.
PLUS OTHER ITEMS TO NUMEROUS TO MENTION
OUTSIDE VENDORS:
A/c Gerry Davies
Tru-Test Ezi Weigh 2 Livestock Scales, Renegade Air compressor and hose, Stihl 039 chainsaw, Makita 255mm Drop
saw, Bex air driven nail gun, Solo Hand sprayer, Wild dumpy level and stand, 2 x 42W solar panels, Tycoon 24vDC
to 240vac inverter, stick welder and helmet, Alva Laval cream separator, pump and bowls, 2 x cattle prodders, calf
milk bottles, GMC jigsaw, Nail gun (small)
A/c Arthur Sainty
Single bed slat base, single bed mattress, microwave oven, , toaster oven, VHS Tape recorder, 2 x Electric frypans,
Camping toilet, Drum BBQ, Plasterboard Sheet lifter, 20 litre Gerry cans, 75 litre Petrol container, 4 x Air Pruner
handsets, Stihl backpack sprayer, walk behind motorised rotary hoe, Garden Mulcher, Kubota ZG222 Zero turn
mower 22hp Approx. 211hours.
A/c Chris Ensby
Electric duck plucker, Assorted hand tools, Stock saddle, Bore Pump
A/c Owner
2 tonne cattle feeder
CATERING BY MCKEES HILL HALL COMMITTEE
Payment: Cash or Cheque on Sale day
PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE: www.mccormackrealestate.com.au
www.mccormackrealestate.com.au
102 BARKER STREET CASINO
PH: (02) 66621577
Darren: 0407 152 354
Peter: 0427 042713
McCORMACK PTY LTD
LICENCED AUCTIONEERS CASINO
GENUINE CLEARING SALE
A/c Jeffrey Eyears
935 Spring Grove Road SPRING GROVE
Property sold
SATURDAY 18TH JUNE 2022
COMMENCING 9am

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