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Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate, Tuesday 5 March 1918, page 4

Pastures Protection Board.

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The regular meeting of the Dubbo Pastures Protection Board was held at the Board's office on Thursday evening, when there were present: Messrs. James Bell (Chairman), D. Cameron, B. Stewart, J. Sawyer, T. M. Scott, Frank Mack, and the Secretary (Mr. W. H. Christie), the Stock Inspector (Mr. F. W. Gavel), and the Rabbit Inspector (Mr. J. Blackman).

The Chairman reported that Mr. James had been selected as Assistant Rabbit Inspector, and introduced that gentleman to the Board.

A wire was read from Mr. W. E. Tink, stating that he could not attend owing to a fire in his district being troublesome.—Received.

Several holders wrote asking the Board to withhold prosecutions for failing to destroy rabbits, and promising to do all in their power to cope with the pest.

A circular letter was read from the Wagga P.P. Board, seeking cooperation in a motion protesting against giving control of public watering places to Shire Councils.—Received.

Permission was given to the Secretary and Stock Inspector to attend a conference of secretaries, stock inspectors and rabbit inspectors, to be held in Sydney.

The Stock Inspector was granted 26 days leave of absence.

The report of the Stock Inspector in regard to prosecutions for failing to destroy rabbits was read and received.

Mr. Blackman (Rabbit Inspector) reported good work in the destruction of rabbits during the past month.

Mr. W. Lindsay, Trangie, was appointed to issue permits for travelling stock.

Assistant Rabbit Inspector James reported upon his inspection. Rabbits were being exterminated, and the pest was being dealt with satisfactorily on Terramungamine and at Rawsonville.

The Chairman moved that the rate for the Board be 1s 6d per 100 for sheep and 1½d per head for large stock. The carrying capacity to be on the basis of three acres per sheep and 10 acres per head of large stock on unstocked land. Seconded by Mr. Scott and carried.

This concluded the business.

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