The inaugural conference of the N.S.W. Pastures Protection Board officials was concluded in Sydney on Wednesday. Many matters of importance to pastoralists and stock-owners were dealt with during the session as reported under, their respective heads elsewhere in this issue.
Payment of Inspectors.
A resolution was carried to the effect that the present system of paying an in-spector of stock a salary out of which he has to find his equipment and travelling expenses constituted a tax upon, the energetic officer, and was against the best interests of the working of the department. The conference expressed the opinion that the salary ought to be a net amount, and expenses allowed at so much per day while, away, from headquarters. Where an officer was employed solely as a rabbit inspector, his minimum salary ought to be £300 per year, with a forage allowance that would cover the wear and tear of equipment.
In view of the sacrifices made by two brother-officers, Messrs. Flood and McPherson—who had volunteered for active service abroad, it was decided to make them honorary members of the institute.
The following officers were elected:—
President, Mr. B. V. Dawson; vice-presidents, Messrs. C. Brooks and C. R. Brett; council, Messrs. C. Dargin (Sydney), F. W. Gavel (Dubbo), F. A. Lucas (Nyngan), W. J. Smith (Young), F. H. White (Orange), C. J. Woollet (Tamworth), F. J. O'Connor (Coonamble), L. A. Hickey (Yass), R. J. Spinks (Lismore), and G. C. Shaw (Nyngan).