Local farmers and other landholders are urged to follow RFS advice and prepare your properties to reduce risk of bushfires in readiness for the fire season commencing October 1.
Note that permits will be needed for any burning from then.
Get to you know your local RFS and consider joining if you are not already a member.
Meanwhile, landholders in the Bungonia area are pleased with the decision by Jerrara Power to withdraw its proposal for the waste to energy project in their area.
It was good to see the NSW Government decide to make appropriate guidelines for the location of this type of project. Well done to council for advocating in this space.
Prime agricultural land seems to be under constant threat from development, extractive industries and infrastructure developments.
One public infrastructure development that is causing concern and uncertainty for members of the NSW Farmers Goulburn and Upper Lachlan branches is the Transgrid Power transmission lines as part of the Humelink project.
The project is a 630km transmission line connecting Australia largest renewable energy project Snowy 2.0 to the grid.
NSW Farmers is a strong supporter of enhancing renewable energy, but Transgrid wants to put transmission lines across privately owned farmland that will significantly impact the lands' accessibility, productivity and resale value.
NSW Farmers is calling for more strategic planning that recognises the value of agriculture and protects it for future generations for this project and other transmission lines that will be required for the new Renewable Energy Zones proposed for NSW.
Planning decisions based on cost alone, are short sighted and will come at the expense of regional NSW and local food production.
For more information visit www.nswfarmers.org.au or contact Regional Services Manager Dave Banham on 0428411221.
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