According to the blog calendar I’m supposed to do a President’s Roundup this week, so let’s see if I can stay on track!
Remember the blog and our petition regarding banning the sale of energy drinks to kids under 18? Well, we now have over 13,600 signatures (I hope you signed) to present to the Federal Health Minister as soon as we can arrange it.
Drought continues to be a concern with morale in some areas dropping to very low levels, particularly in the Unincorporated Area of NSW, where producers are feeling particularly forgotten, with no one to advocate for them. They too have had little rain for 18 months but have not been drought declared like the Bourke, Brewarrina and Walgett areas, so have no access to support measures. I managed to secure a meeting with the NSW Minister for Primary Industries late yesterday and raised this issue, amongst others, with her. We had a very productive discussion and I am hopeful that assistance will be forthcoming, sooner rather than later.
The opportunity for comment on a Draft Code of Practice for Land Access for coal seam gas and petroleum http://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/assets/premier-and-cabinet/cal-gray/Code-of-Practice-for-Land-Access-1.pdf, is available to you as individuals and submissions can be sent to; email@example.com The Association will provide a submission based on our current policies of protecting land and water. I note that Professor O’Kane, in the Executive Summary of her initial report, said that there were considerable challenges ahead and that “a commitment from all parties will be required to improve the existing situation and build trust with the community”. Those with a seat at the table will achieve the most so take advantage of this opportunity to offer constructive input.
In the past month or so CWA of NSW has forwarded donations to the Mayoral Bushfire Appeal in the Blue Mountains of $20,000.00, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), $50,000.00, to assist with the work they are doing in the Philippines following the typhoon, and a further $50,000.00 in education grants to 59 students at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. We hope our assistance goes some small way to helping those who need it most.
Finally, we are stepping up our campaign to encourage motorists to drive with their headlights on low beam, during daylight hours, to facilitate earlier and easier detection by oncoming drivers, predominantly on regional, rural and remote roads. It is particularly difficult to see oncoming traffic when driving towards the rising or setting sun or on days where heat haze distorts distances.
That’s about as far as I can go on the straight and narrow so before my mind starts to j-walk, looking out the window at the Jacaranda, thinking about what to have for dinner…..too late!