INVERELL will receive a visit from NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson today.
Ms Hodgkinson will join Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall on a tour of the region, focusing on the current drought conditions.
The Minister’s itinerary has changed from last week when she was originally scheduled to tour areas around Walcha and Armidale following NSW Local Land Services (LLS) Drought Co-ordinator Tim Johnston’s visit.
Mr Marshall said he had been very vocal about encouraging the minister to visit Inverell.
“I’ve been pushing the Minister very hard on the issue of drought and the conditions here are dire. It’s time for her on behalf of the government to essentially recognise how desperate the conditions are and unlock some assistance for people in this area,” Mr Marshall said.
Today Ms Hodgkinson and Mr Marshall will first visit a landholder with stock on the Travelling Stock Route on Thunderbolts Way.
They will then arrive in Inverell for a 2.45pm meeting with the Northern Tablelands LLS staff at the Inverell office at 15 Vivian Street.
During the Minister’s visit, she will meet area LLS staff and receive updates about the area conditions.
In an effort to have local voices heard on the LLS Board, Annabelle Monie of the Northern Tablelands LLS encouraged area residents to enrol now to vote in the LLS elections.
The deadline for enrolment is 5pm, Monday, February 17.
Ms Monie said enrollment is required to vote and a simple process, with hints and tips found on the LLS web site:
The inaugural Local Land Services Board Member elections will take place on March 12.
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