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Welcome backflip by Minister Macdonald.

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Welcome backflip by Minister Macdonald

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Source: Senator John Williams

"Today's turnaround on the future of the Glen Innes Agricultural Research Station is a stern lesson to the NSW Government that country folk will not simply 'lie down' when it comes to abolishing vital resources" according to The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams.

In applauding the decision to leave the facility open, Senator Williams said it should never have been under threat, and shows total ignorance by the State of the role they play in the farming community.

"When it was announced in November last year that the Glen Innes Station was under threat of closure, the local community rallied to its defence and left Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald in no doubt he would have a fight on his hands.

To even consider ending the life of this 102-years-old research station was sheer lunacy but not unexpected from a Government that is desperate to raise money in any way possible.

Thanks to concerted pressure by Working Party Chairman Col Price, Member for Northern Tablelands Richard Torbay, New South Wales Nationals MLC Rick Colless and the local community, the Glen Innes Agricultural Research Station will continue its valuable work

with grazing trials, beef cattle research and plant breeding.

Finally after eight months Minister Macdonald has visited the area, but still refuses to visit the Caroona Coal Action Group which is trying to protect farmland from mining interests on the Liverpool Plains", Senator Williams said.