THE monthly meeting of the above was held on Thursday. Present:—
Directors Byrne (chair), Waddell, Ward, Glasscock, Macpherson, Prowse and Roche.
From A M Geary, Shepardstown, stating that Inspector Clout had notified him that he intended to prosecute for failing to destroy rabbits on Melose's holding. The writer thinks it hard and asks the Board to reconsider the case, as no man had done more to destroy rabbits than he had. He owns 900 odd acres of rough country, and rents Melrose's paddock. During the last 12 months be had dug out the whole 900 acres and poisoned Melrose's area. He had also netted the whole 900 acres into four separate paddocks and still has two men destroying rabbits. The 900 acres are free from rabbits. In February be used nine tins of poison on Melrose's area and took nine afternoons to lay the poison. Melrose's property has not been dug out because he was only a yearly tenant and could not afford to dig it out, but was quite prepared to destroy rabbits in the area. He considers be has done all that could be expected of him and did not wish for a conviction to be recorded against him. Mr. Clout stated that the property was in a wretched state and the lower end was crawling with rabbits. Geary had done good work on his own property.—Director Prowse said the Inspector's report was perfectly true. Geary's own holding was a credit to him, but Melrose's land was badly infested.—The matter was left entirely in Mr. Clout's hands to do what he thought best in the matter.
From the Chief Inspector of Stock, stating that the inaugural conference of the Institute of the Stock Inspectors and P.P. Board officials in Sydney in March, a resolution in favor of Stock Inspectors being granted an equipment and travelling allowances was adopted, and such resolution was brought under the notice of the Minister. In view of the price of commodities and travelling expenses the Minister considers the time opportune for revising the salaries of Stock Inspectors. He is of the opinion that the best way to arrange the remuneration of the officials in question is to keep their salaries quite distinct from expenses of travelling, and be has therefore decided that a maximum salary of £350 per annum should be fixed, that travelling expenses up to 12/6 per day should be allowed, and that a maximum allowance of £100 per annum should be made for the maintenance of equipment, such upkeep of a vehicle and two horses, or a motorcar, and a commensurate reduction, if thought to be necessary, made when less equipment is used.
At the same conference, the following resolution was adopted :— "That when an officer is solely employed as a rabbit Inspector his minimum salary should be £300 a year with a forage allowance that should also cover the wear and tear of equipment.
ln both cases the Minister would like the opinion of the various Boards on the matter before giving his final decision.
After discussion it was decided that in the opinion of this Board it was thought best to leave the matter of remunerations to the Boards concerned, as each Board was in the best position to judge the ability of its officers and the amount of work to be done by them.
The District Surveyor asked if there was any objection in the interests of travelling stock to the granting of annual lease application 183, Tumut, by John Lowther, over C.B. 2901 (Morgan's Reserve).—No objection.
From the same source asking if there were any objections to the undermentioned application :— A C.P. 18.2, conversion of special lease No 1905.15, Gundagai, area 212 acres, within C.R. and W. R. 2203, parish Burra, for grazing.— To be objected to.
From same source asking if there was any objection to the undermentioned application:—A.C.P. 8-11, conversion of special lease 06/7, Gundagai, area 29ac 2rds 39per within T.S.R. 1488, Parish Burra, for grazing, applicants T. J. Nicholls and D. R. Nicholls.—To be objected to.
From Wagga Land Board stating, after inquiry, it found that retention of the reserve at Mooney Mooney was not required in the interests of teamsters, travellers or travelling stock, and recommended that T.S.R 5054 be revoked. At the Land Board's sittings in Gundagai. Inspector Palmer stated he did not consider the reserve of any value to travellers, or for camping, and in his opinion the revocation of the reserve would not prejudice travelling stock. In view of these facts the Land Board requests that the P.P. Board's objections of 31st March, 1917, be reconsidered, and that a report be forwarded as to whether the Board now consented to the relocation.—No objection to be offered.
From the District Surveyor, asking if there was any objection to revocation of T.S.R. 393, parish Nangus. Owing to the proximity of T.S. and C.R. 30417 and T.S.R. 3011, Mr. Burgess asked tor these three reserves to be inspected. Surveyor Nowland is of the opinion that T.S.R. 493 is not needed for stock requirements on account of its proximity of the other reserves and as it is destitute of water.
The Under Secretary for Lands, replying through Premier Holman to the Board's request that stinkwort and St. John's wort be brought under the provisions of the Prickly Pear Act, stated that nothing would be done until the determination of a comprehensive scheme whereby united efforts would be made, and concerted action taken by all in terested parties.