RIGHT TO FARM POLICY RELEASED
Late last year our Government released the Right to Farm policy, meaning farmers across Barwon can get on with their core business without interference from other land users. This policy has been developed to address the growing pressures and/or conflicts pertaining to land use that arise between farmers and their neighbours. The purpose of the Right to Farm policy is to reinforce the legal rights, roles and responsibilities of farmers, land holders, the community and Government, and to explain what all parties can do to address the issue of land use conflict. The policy does not seek ‘right to farm’ legislation, however over the next two years, data related to land use complaints will be collected, and if the data presents a strong case for a legislative response, that option will then be considered. To view the Right to Farm Policy, visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au
MORE ACCESS AS RESOURCES FOR REGIONS PROGRAM EXPANDS
The NSW Government is expanding its Resources for Regions program by giving more regional communities the chance to pitch for a share of millions of dollars in infrastructure funding. Since starting in 2012, the Resources for Regions program has allocated over $200 million across a range of infrastructure projects in communities most impacted by mining activity, including funding for projects across the health, water, road, education and tourism sectors and investment into CBD renewal projects to promote regions as a place to live and do business. In line with our election commitment, the Resources for Regions will be expanded and will now be open to all regional and rural local government areas that can show they are mining affected. In our electorate this will include Narrabri, Cobar, Lachlan, Bogan and Broken Hill City Councils. Another important change following feedback is that NSW agencies would be ineligible to apply for funding in this year’s funding round, allowing local communities and councils to bid for the full available funding pool and not compete with NSW agency projects. For more information visit: http://www.infrastructure.nsw.gov.au/
HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE CONTAINER DEPOSIT SCHEME
Help tackle drink container litter by having your say on the NSW Government’s container deposit scheme discussion paper – the next step in delivering on the government’s election commitment to introduce a cost-effective container deposit scheme. The discussion paper is designed to encourage comment and feedback on how a container deposit scheme should operate in NSW and some of the scheme’s key design principles. Every year about 160 million drink containers are littered across NSW communities, so it’s clear we must act to help preserve our local natural environment. The Premier has made it his priority to reduce the volume of litter in NSW by 40 per cent by 2020 and a cost-effective container deposit scheme will help cut down on this litter. The government has committed to implementing a container deposit scheme by 1 July 2017. Public consultation is open until 26 February 2016.
To read the discussion paper visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/container-deposit-scheme.htm.