Calare in Focus - Autumn 2012 - John Cobb

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Calare in Focus - Autumn 2012 - John Cobb

The Hon.

John CobbMP

Federal Member for Calare

Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food Security

Caring for Calare

orange oFFiCe: PO Box 673, 1/179a Anson Street, ORANGE NSW 2800 PHone: (02) 6361 7138 Fax: (02) 6362 3480

baTHUrST oFFiCe: 85 Keppel Street, PO Box 54, BATHURST NSW 2795 PHone: (02) 6331 0524 Fax: (02) 6331 2561

eMail: john.cobb.mp@aph.gov.au WebSiTe: www.johncobb.com.au

Progressing Parkes in 2012

With significant industry development and growth in the mining sector, the Parkes district continues

to thrive. Sitting on the junction of two Highways and the rail link, Parkes has significant development

and growth potential in the mining sector and the district continues to thrive. The development of the

Parkes National Logistics Hub is well underway with 24/7 operations already in action.

I have visited The Hub recently and businesses are still excited about the prospects the future

development will bring. Given the major industry development in the region, a bypass is needed for all

concerned. A ring-road around the town, connecting the Newell Highway will get trucks off the urban

roads and provide a direct route to The Hub.

The Hub is vital to the future of Australia’s transport network and I will continue to push for federal

funding in the lead up to the 2012 Budget to ensure Parkes and surrounding communities get their fair

share. I am committed to progressing regional Australia and Caring for Calare in 2012.

The Hub, Parkes

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AUTUMN 2012

Parkes Elvis Festival

Utes in the paddock, Ootha

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Labor Leadership Soap Box

This government is in total disarray and none of the potential Labor Prime Ministers, or

the current one, has the ability to manage our country’s policy or economy. It is up to

Labor to determine a direction and try and stay on course, but in reality what this country

needs is a government which is focused on running the country.

The only way to fix this farce is to give the Australian people an election.

Education system failing agriculture

The future of Australian farming has

been under the microscope recently with

revelations that our nation’s campuses

offering agriculture courses have dwindled

into the single digits. While our industry

has undergone significant change over the

past decade, the substantial decline in the

number of young people taking up careers

in agriculture has made us realise we have a

crisis at hand.

Recent survey results from the Primary

Industries Education Foundation have also

confirmed that our children have no clear

understanding of where their food or fibre

comes from. Alarmingly, 75 per cent of

Year 6 students thought cotton socks were

an animal product and 40 per cent of Year

10 students believed farming damages the

environment.

Left: John and Tony Abbott attend

Murray Darling Basin talks in Forbes

Right: John inspecting crops at Parkes

What hope do we have enticing youth into

the agriculture industry when our students

don’t even know the difference between

animals and plants?

At the crux of the issue is education and it is

clear that our National Curriculum is failing

our agricultural sector. Our education system

must teach students the role of food and

fibre production. The government needs to be

proactive in its support of the industry if we

are to meet the food security challenges of

the future.

The Labor/Green Government have been coconspirators

in the demise of confidence in

the agricultural sector of late and have much

to answer for in this regard. The Government

needs to find a way to reconnect the country

and city divide, as the future of farming

depends on it.

At a time when innovation and development

in the agricultural sector is so desperately

needed we require fresh minds to apply new

ideas, otherwise Australia will fall behind. The

government must reinstate agricultural and

horticultural apprenticeships to the National

Skills Needs List.

In 2012 the Coalition will continue to support

policies that give better outcomes for farmers.

Reviewing the competition and consumer

laws to reduce anti competitive behaviour

from big businesses, finalising our coal seam

gas, food labelling and foreign ownership

policies will also be a priority to ensure our

farming communities get a fair go.

2012 marks the Australian Year of the

Farmer and I am pleased to proudly support

the initiative which celebrates the vital role

our farmers play in feeding our nation. It is

imperative that the Labor government starts

to actively support our agricultural sector

before it is too late.

Farm facts: www.nff.org.au/farm-facts.html

• Of the 134,000 farm businesses in Australia, 99% are family owned and operated

• Australian farmers produce almost 93% of Australia’s daily domestic food supply

• Agriculture provides over 1.6 million jobs to the Australian economy

• Australian farmers export around 60% of what they grow and produce


Small business at the heart of Calare

Small business is the engine room of Australia’s

economy. Australia’s small businesses employ

over 4 million people and represents 95% of all

businesses.

Since Labor was elected in 2007, it has introduced over 16,000 new

regulations and significantly increased the compliance burden on

Australia’s 2.7 million small businesses.

The Coalition believes that freeing up small business from the burden

of red tape and unnecessary cost is a key to rebuilding a strong

economy, lifting national productivity and creating jobs. Our plan for

small business proves the support needed to create jobs and create

more opportunities for all Australians.

Make your next holiday a ‘staycation’

Australia has some of the most unique tourism experiences

in the world and the Coalition has launched a ‘staycation’

initiative aimed at encouraging Australians to take holidays

within Australia. The initiative was launched in conjunction

with the Australian Tourism Awards 2012 to demonstrate the

Coalition’s support for the million Australians who work in

the tourism and hospitality industries.

Calare is home to some of NSW’s premier tourist attractions, one of

which was acknowledged at the Australian Tourism Awards. Jenolan

Caves, in the Oberon Shire, was announced the winner of the Heritage

and Cultural Tourism and Tourism Attractions categories, surpassing a

number of renowned Australian tourist destination.

NSW brought home a total of 11 national titles out of a total of 27

awards, an incredible achievement which reflects the calibre of NSW

Tourist attractions of eastern Calare

On 1 December, 2011 the Leader of the Opposition, the

Hon Tony Abbott MP, announced the formation of a Coalition

Deregulation Taskforce, please visit this link for more information

www.deregulationtaskforce.com.au

I am well aware that the small businesses of Calare are vital to the

community’s economic and social diversity and I encourage you to

contact me with your Federal concerns, particularly in the lead up to

the Commonwealth Budget in May. Your information assists me in

lobbying the government for improved policies.

Would you be interested in attending a

small business forum with senior members of the Coalition?

If so, register your interest here: john.cobb.mp@aph.gov.au

tourism. Tourism continues to grow and it is important that our local

communities support and foster its development, particularly in our

regions.

Supporting our local tourist destinations is vital to the survival of

the local tourism industry and associated businesses. The Coalition’s

‘staycation’ initiative is a great reminder that we should be exploring

our own backyards. Calare has much to offer for visitors and locals

alike, from fantastic food and wine in Orange and Cabonne to the

majestic national parks of Goobang and Nangar and iconic festivals

such as the Parkes Elvis Festival and the Tullamore Irish Festival, it’s

amazing the experiences you can have at home!

Plan your next ‘staycation’ at: www.staycation.org.au


How can

I help you:

• Immigration

• Aged Care

• Centrelink

• Trade

• Foreign Affairs

• Higher Education

• Defence Veterans’ Affairs

• Telecommunications

• National Highway

• Taxation

• Medicare

• Aviation and shipping

• Child Support

Congratulatory Messages: My office can

arrange special messages from the Queen,

Governor-General, Prime Minister and other

dignitaries for milestone birthdays and

wedding anniversaries.

New Arrivals: to mark a special birth,

contact us for a welcome card

Flags: If you are a not-for-profit

organisation, school, club or sporting group,

please contact my office if you require a

new Australian, Torres Strait or Aboriginal

flag. Packages are also available for

students going on overseas exchange.

Letters of support: For organisations

and community groups applying for Federal

Government funding.

Local functions and events: I always

look forward to attending local functions;

please contact my office to let me know

when your next event is on.

Parliament House School Visits: you can

receive a certificate from me when visiting

Parliament House.

Top Left: John presenting international exchange

pack to local Bathurst student Danica Flood

Top Right: Local St Josephs, Manildra, school

students meet with John in Parliament.

Bottom Left: John attends the launch of the audio

tour at the Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra

Bottom Centre: John with local Zig Zag Public

School students

Bottom Right: John attending the Lithgow Tidy

Towns awards

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Digital TV Switchover

– Get ready now!

In response to a number of calls to my office regarding the

digital TV switchover it is timely that I remind residents

that they need to be prepared for the fast approaching 5

June 2012 switchover. Residents need to be prepared and

determine whether their digital signal will be adequate and

what forms of assistance are available from the Federal

Government to make the change as smooth as possible.

The Coalition is supportive of the digital TV switchover, as

it is important to keep up to date with technology, free-up

valuable spectrum and improve the viewing experience. The Coalition also understands the cost of

living pressures for Australian households and supports any cost-effective measures provided to

help Australians switch to digital TV.

A Digital Switchover Taskforce has been established to assist people and anyone experiencing

problems or needing further information needs to contact the Taskforce sooner rather than later. All

residents within the Southern and Central NSW switchover areas should have received a brochure

from the Government with information about the switchover options for households.

For the majority of people the switchover will be relatively easy and only require purchasing a

digital ready TV or installing a digital set-top box. Some people may need to consider installing a

satellite or upgrading their antennae system.

The Household Assistance Scheme (HAS) is available to assist the elderly, carers, people with

disabilities and veterans to convert to digital television. The VAST and Satellite Subsidy Scheme

(SSS) may also be available for people in regional areas.

More information about the Government subsidy schemes can be found at www.

digitalready.gov.au or by calling the Digital Ready Information Line 1800 20 10 13

between 8am-10pm AEST, 7 days a week.

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The Hon.

John CobbMP

Federal Member for Calare

Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food Security

Caring for Calare

orange oFFiCe: PO Box 673, 1/179a Anson Street, ORANGE NSW 2800 PHone: (02) 6361 7138 Fax: (02) 6362 3480

baTHUrST oFFiCe: 85 Keppel Street, PO Box 54, BATHURST NSW 2795 PHone: (02) 6331 0524 Fax: (02) 6331 2561

eMail: john.cobb.mp@aph.gov.au WebSiTe: www.johncobb.com.au

Progressing Forbes in 2012

Built on agriculture and horticulture, the Forbes district has always heavily relied on the Lachlan River.

The Murray Darling Basin Plan has been a contentious issue since its first release in 2010 and continues

to be hotly debated. While the Labor government has already stripped enormous amounts of the

Lachlan’s water assets, the proposed Murray Darling Basin Plan can still cause us much damage.

The Basin is the food bowl of our nation and Forbes is one of Calare’s big food producers. Meetings

with water users, industry and community leaders have indicated that the community is not impressed

by the Plan in its current form.

The Coalition knows the only way to deliver water to the environment without devastating Basin

communities is by completing infrastructure and efficiency measures. I will only support a plan that

fully addresses the triple bottom line - the social, economic and environmental factors that affect Basin

communities.

Forbes has been hit hard over the past decade, with ten years of drought and now floods inundating

the district. The government’s full support is required to reinstate confidence in rural communities and

more importantly, the agricultural sector. In the lead up to the 2012 Federal Budget I will push for

greater investment in our regional communities. I am committed to progressing regional Australia and

Caring for Calare in 2012.

Lake Forbes and the

De Havilland Vampire

Single Seat Fighter-Bomber

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AUTUMN 2012

John Cobb meeting with local Forbes farmers

Tullamore Irish Festival

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The Hon.

John CobbMP

Federal Member for Calare

Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food Security

Caring for Calare

orange oFFiCe: PO Box 673, 1/179a Anson Street, ORANGE NSW 2800 PHone: (02) 6361 7138 Fax: (02) 6362 3480

baTHUrST oFFiCe: 85 Keppel Street, PO Box 54, BATHURST NSW 2795 PHone: (02) 6331 0524 Fax: (02) 6331 2561

eMail: john.cobb.mp@aph.gov.au WebSiTe: www.johncobb.com.au

Progressing Cabonne in 2012

Mayor Bob Dowling recently declared roads as the number one priority for the Cabonne Shire.

Councillors and residents have echoed his concerns, maintaining that should upgrades continue to be

neglected a major accident which will cause either injury or fatality is likely to occur.

The roads connecting the towns and villages of Cabonne are vital to the progression of our

communities and the economic and social fabric of our region. Local roads are the lifeblood of our

regional communities and after the recent flooding are in desperate need of repairs. I am a Cabonne

resident myself and know too well the angst residents face when it comes to the state of our local

roads and bridges.

I am committed to progressing regional Australia and Caring for Calare in 2012. I will be strongly

advocating for greater funding for roads within the Calare electorate in the lead up to the 2012 Federal

Budget.

Village of Molong

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AUTUMN 2012

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The Hon.

John CobbMP

Federal Member for Calare

Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food Security

Caring for Calare

orange oFFiCe: PO Box 673, 1/179a Anson Street, ORANGE NSW 2800 PHone: (02) 6361 7138 Fax: (02) 6362 3480

baTHUrST oFFiCe: 85 Keppel Street, PO Box 54, BATHURST NSW 2795 PHone: (02) 6331 0524 Fax: (02) 6331 2561

eMail: john.cobb.mp@aph.gov.au WebSiTe: www.johncobb.com.au

Progressing Orange in 2012

Despite recent rain events and flooding, water security is still one of the most topical issues for Orange

City Council and the whole surrounding region that supplies and supports Orange. I will not let Orange

or the Calare electorate go without water under my watch. I declared this at the last election and I will

declare it again. This region needs its own urban and industry water storage.

Funding for a feasibility dam study was on the top of my priority list in 2011 and will be again in 2012.

This must be one of the most significant and far reaching infrastructure developments in the region.

Not only will it shore up water supplies for Orange, but also for the surrounding Council areas including

Cabonne and Blayney.

I have met with many individuals and groups and I am determined to ensure a long-term, practical

solution that benefits the entire region of which Orange is the axis. I am committed to progressing

regional Australia and Caring for Calare in 2012.

Autumn in Orange

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AUTUMN 2012

Adventure Playground, Orange Botanic Gardens

Cook Park in Autumn


The Hon.

John CobbMP

Federal Member for Calare

Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food Security

Caring for Calare

orange oFFiCe: PO Box 673, 1/179a Anson Street, ORANGE NSW 2800 PHone: (02) 6361 7138 Fax: (02) 6362 3480

baTHUrST oFFiCe: 85 Keppel Street, PO Box 54, BATHURST NSW 2795 PHone: (02) 6331 0524 Fax: (02) 6331 2561

eMail: john.cobb.mp@aph.gov.au WebSiTe: www.johncobb.com.au

Progressing Blayney in 2012

The Blayney Shire Council is experiencing significant growth, with the Cadia East project gaining

momentum and the industrial area thriving. This has been aided by the road rail inter-modal terminal

which is boosting the town’s reputation as a logistics hub.

Visits to the area over the past year have more than confirmed that Blayney’s central location between

Calare’s two major cities, Orange and Bathurst, is ideal for future industrial growth.

Blayney needs significant investment from the government to ensure its prosperity. With a new mine,

booming business and further mineral exploration on the cards, the Shire needs to be able to cater for

a growing population.

Government support and investment is pivotal to progressing regional Australia and I will continue

Caring for Calare in 2012 and ensuring a fair go for our communities.

Village of Blayney

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AUTUMN 2012

Carcoar Dam

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The Hon.

John CobbMP

Federal Member for Calare

Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food Security

Caring for Calare

orange oFFiCe: PO Box 673, 1/179a Anson Street, ORANGE NSW 2800 PHone: (02) 6361 7138 Fax: (02) 6362 3480

baTHUrST oFFiCe: 85 Keppel Street, PO Box 54, BATHURST NSW 2795 PHone: (02) 6331 0524 Fax: (02) 6331 2561

eMail: john.cobb.mp@aph.gov.au WebSiTe: www.johncobb.com.au

Progressing Bathurst in 2012

From motor sports to fantastic food and wine, Bathurst is gaining a strong reputation as a premier

tourist attraction in the region. It is also one of the fastest growing centres in regional NSW. The success

of the Evocities campaign has had much to do with this and it is great to see the City embracing the

initiative.

In order to cope with a growing population, investment is required to ensure a prosperous future for

the City and its surrounding regions. Infrastructure including hospitals, transport and education are at

the forefront of this. It is great to see a city with vision and I would like to see the government funding

projects such as the upgrade of the Mount Panorama racing precinct and proposed Charles Sturt

University Medical School. Both projects will be of significant socio-economic benefit to the region.

Government support and investment is pivotal to progressing regional Australia and I will continue

Caring for Calare in 2012 and ensuring a fair go for our communities.

Machattie Park

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The Hon.

John CobbMP

Federal Member for Calare

Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food Security

Caring for Calare

orange oFFiCe: PO Box 673, 1/179a Anson Street, ORANGE NSW 2800 PHone: (02) 6361 7138 Fax: (02) 6362 3480

baTHUrST oFFiCe: 85 Keppel Street, PO Box 54, BATHURST NSW 2795 PHone: (02) 6331 0524 Fax: (02) 6331 2561

eMail: john.cobb.mp@aph.gov.au WebSiTe: www.johncobb.com.au

Progressing Oberon in 2012

Tourism has for a long time been associated with the Oberon Shire. Just recently I was briefed on

the needs of Australia’s premier tourist cave destination, Jenolan Caves. It is incredible to think that

we have an iconic Australia tourist attraction in our own backyard. Tourism is important to our local

economy and it is great to see Oberon making the most of it.

Along with tourism, industry development in Oberon is progressing. Timber, transport and agricultural

industries are other major contributors to the local economy. Calare is an electorate of producers. We

make things and this is a badge we should wear with pride. The Oberon region knows this and is proud

of its heritage.

To ensure a viable future substantial investment from government is needed. Water security and

infrastructure is required to keep the community on the front foot. I am committed to progressing

regional Australia and Caring for Calare in 2012.

Timber treatment plant, Oberon

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AUTUMN 2012

Jenolan Caves

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The Hon.

John CobbMP

Federal Member for Calare

Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food Security

Caring for Calare

orange oFFiCe: PO Box 673, 1/179a Anson Street, ORANGE NSW 2800 PHone: (02) 6361 7138 Fax: (02) 6362 3480

baTHUrST oFFiCe: 85 Keppel Street, PO Box 54, BATHURST NSW 2795 PHone: (02) 6331 0524 Fax: (02) 6331 2561

eMail: john.cobb.mp@aph.gov.au WebSiTe: www.johncobb.com.au

Progressing Lithgow in 2012

Lithgow is the gateway to the Central West and the energy generation hub of the Calare electorate.

The City of Lithgow has a rich mining and industrial history which continues today and both industries

are major employers in the area.

I am proud to have Lithgow City Council in my electorate; it is a progressive council with tremendous

opportunities. Calare is an electorate of producers. We make things and this is a badge we should wear

with pride. The City of Lithgow knows this more than anyone.

In order for the region to thrive, investment and support is needed from all levels of government. In

the lead up to the 2012 Federal Budget I will be pushing to ensure investment is injected into Lithgow

to encourage business to develop and thrive.

Funds to upgrade the Lithgow City Council Aquatic Centre, securing the future of the Lithgow Small

Arms museum and ensuring the power house of the electorate can continue to provide for our region

are at the top of my priority list. I am determined, when in government, to reverse the Carbon Tax and

help energy producers like Lithgow to survive and prosper.

I am committed to progressing regional Australia and Caring for Calare in 2012.

John meeting

with local mine

workers

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AUTUMN 2012

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