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Friday, 05 August 2016 11:39
New road safety barriers in Naracoorte are causing concern for locals and rural road users, and a number of constituents have called on MP for MacKillop Mitch Williams to act. The barriers that have been installed on the shoulders of the Wimmera and Riddoch Highways are deemed too tight and narrow, and aren’t wide enough to allow farm machinery to move along the roads, and cars don’t have enough room to safely pull off to the side to get out of their way. Mitch Williams and others are worried that not enough room is available to safely pull off the highway if motorists run out of petrol or have some kind of emergency. These issues have been put to the Minister for Road Safety Peter Malinauskas , who has agreed to investigate.
Friday, 05 August 2016 11:39
Livestock SA’s Southern Regional annual meeting was held in Mount Gambier last week, with more than 60 producers attending the sheep industry blueprint workshop and dinner afterwards. Key points of the workshop were animal welfare and biosecurity. Former Victorian Premier Denis Napthine was a special guest speaker, and the former vet encouraged livestock producers to seize the significant opportunities for Aussie red meat exports, particularly in the emerging markets in Asia. Dr Napthine said that with Australia’s reputation for high-quality produce, clean environment and focus on animal welfare, farmers have the opportunity to take advantage of Australia’s reputation in the global marketplace as ethical red meat producers. During the formalities of the meeting, State President of Livestock SA Geoff Power from Orroroo, reported on the groups continued frustrations the State Government and livestock industry funds. He said producers need more transparency and control over how grower contributions to both sheep and cattle industry funds were spent, and cited that the group is frustrated over the State Government’s level of control in this area. They’re still waiting for the government to approve increases to the contribution rates, and during the meeting a motion was passed to request that Minister Leon Bignall approve the contribution rates increase without delay.
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