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Thursday, 25 November 1965

Mr LUCOCK (Lyne) .- I want to speak on a matter which concerns the Department of Immigration. I apologize to the Minister for Immigration (Mr. Opperman) for not discussing this matter with him prior to raising it on the floor of the House, but I had not the opportunity to do so. It has only just come to my notice and I think it is a matter in which the Department of Immigration might be able to give some help and advice. A Mr. and Mrs. W. Philippzig, of Ringwood Road, near Medowie, New South Wales, came to Australia from Germany and established a pig farm on 20 acres of land. These people are acknowledged to be the type of migrants we want in this country. They are well respected and well liked in the area. The Hunter District Water Board resumed 14 acres of their 20 acres of land and left them without access to water. Unfortunately these people find themselves caught between the requirements of the Hunter District Water Board and the Health Department of the Port Stephens Shire Council. The latter department is trying to prevent them from carrying on their piggery and is threatening them with prosecution. They will no longer be able to operate and there is no hope of their obtaining proper compensation. My colleague in the State Parliament, Mr. Leon Punch, who is the State member for Gloucester, has taken this matter up with the New South Wales Health Department. It is a complex and difficult problem. The Hunter District Water Board having resumed 14 acres of their original 20 acres, Mr. and Mrs. Philippzig are endeavouring to continue their piggery on the remaining 6 acres. Unfortunately this has bought them under the criticism of the Health Department because of the proximity of the piggery to the land resumed by the Hunter District Water Board. As these people have not a great deal of appreciation of what is required I wonder whether it would be possible for the Department of Immigration to send somebody to Medowie to talk with Mr. and Mrs. Philippzig and see what assistance can be given to them.

Mr Opperman - How long have they been in Australia?

Mr LUCOCK - For eleven years. They are well respected and well liked in the area and according to reports from everybody in the district they are good citizens. Their difficulty is that they find themselves caught between these two authorities. The Hunter District Water Board does not require the six acres which it has left them, and the Health Department says that Mr. and Mrs. Philippzig can no longer conduct a piggery on those six acres. Under the circumstances I should be grateful if the Department of Immigration could see what assistance could be given to these people.

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