At Tuesday's meeting of the Gundagai Pastures Protection Board, there were present:—Directors C. J. Fraser (chairman), H. P. Carberry, B. Wilson, J. Roche, W. Hassett and S. Glasscock. Apologies were accepted from Directors J. Elliott and J. O. Robertson.
The secretary of the Stock Branch wrote re the continued employment of assistant rabbit inspector Roche. The chairman said that whilst the Boards were still functioning, they had to go on. If they were abolished, then all inspectors would be out. The Board decided to inform the Department that Inspector Roche would be employed for another 12 months.
A letter was received from the Stock and Brands Branch pointing out an outbreak of cattle tick at Cangai, in the Grafton district. The directors stated that the tick had now spread almost all over N.S.W., and that every Board would now be forced to take steps to deal with the pest. The Chairman stated that Inspector Doust was at the present moment engaged in treating the pest.
The Institute of Stock Inspectors wrote stating that the annual conference would be held in Sydney on March 15th to 18th. The Chairman said that the Conference had now, as far as he knew, been cancelled.
The District Surveyor wrote re application by John Charlton for special lease within T.S. & C.R. 16890 parish of Billabong.—The Directors stated that the reserve was known as Sawyer's, and was required in the interests of travelling stock. The application was refused.
The District Surveyor wrote re application by S. T. Latham for portion of T.S. & C.R. 57,454, parish of Mundarlo.—The Board opinioned that the reserve was most necessary, and decided to refuse the application.
The District Surveyor wrote re application by Forestry Commission for inclusion of Roadway 8,193 in Red Hill State Forest.—Dir. Carberry said he had inspected the road—it was almost impassable. The Board agreed to the request.
The District Surveyor advised that the Department was considering whether the whole or portion of the T.S.R.'s 1,467 and C.2,639 (3 mile Cootamundra reserve), parish of Cowcumbla could be revoked for disposal purposes, and asking for the Board's views in regard to travelling stock requirements.—The Directors said that the reserve was most necessary. that they had spent much money on it, and, that in the interests of travelling stock it was needed, as sheep travelling to Muttama and to Cootamundra sales used it very often. They stated that it should be left in the control of the Board.
The District Surveyor advised that it had been decided to refer to the Local Land Board at Gundagai for inquiry and report, as to whether the revocation or curtailment of T.S. & C.R. 6,773, parish of Mooney Mooney, would be objectionable in the public interest or in the interests of travelling stock. Dir. Hassett opinioned that they should fight for the reserve, and Dir. Carberry said Coolac was now an important travelling centre, being a main getaway to the mountains. It was decided to oppose the revocation of the reserve. The District Surveyor wrote that it had been decided to refer to the Local Land Board at Tumut for inquiry and report, the question whether public interests would be adversely affected by the granting of a special lease over the whole or part of T.S.R. 2,342, parish of Wondalga (Butler's or Roger's). The Board decided to offer no objection to the unfenced portion of the reserve being alienated.
The District Surveyor wrote re application by Arthur Jamieson for special lease within C.R. 5,605 South Gundagai (Cooper's Reserve).—The Board decided to refuse request.
The District Surveyor wrote re proposed revocation of parts of T.S.R. 1,158, parish of Yeo Yeo, on the Board's boundary joining Young.—It was decided to get Inspector Smith to meet the Inspector from Young at the reserve, and submit his report to the Chairman, who was empowered to act on the report.
District Surveyor advised that matter of proposed rearrangement of T.S.R. at Red Hill had been referred to the Under Secretary for Lands.
The Stock Inspector reported on applications by J. A. Edwards, and C. N. Smith for portions of R. 31,564, parish of South Gundagai, and recommended refusal in interests of public and travelling stock. A petition was also received from residents in the locality protesting against the alienation of the reserve, as they needed it to get their water supplies. The Inspector's report was adopted.
The Inspector reported on application by Lynn Dawn for R. 3.376 Muttama, and offering no objection in interests of travelling stock, as the reserve was very little used by travelling stock, and was only of small area. The report was adopted.
The Inspector also reported on application by A. E. Elphick for part of T.S.R. 4,9941 (Minter's Reserve) and recommended no objection in interests of travelling stock—the Directors adopted the report, stating that the part requested was across the creek, but sheep could not get on to it. S. H. Veitch and T. W. Argaet applied for special lease of small reserve near Jessop's cutting.—Refused.
A letter was received from the Stock Inspector re proposed setting apart of portions of T.S.R. 3,892 for recreation ground and homestead sites.—The Board were of the opinion that the reserve should be kept.
S. Maynard wrote applying for the Board's consent to his application for special lease of portion of T.S.R. 9,330 on Tumut-road (Ratcliffe's reserve).—Objected to. The Marmora Pastoral Co. wrote asking for half share of cost of repairs to fence adjoining Black Springs Reserve which was destroyed by fire. It was decided to inform the company that it was not in the Board's power to contribute to the erection of fences adjoining reserves. An applictation from N. C. Pyemont for land near the trucking yards, fronting Morley's Creek, was refused.
J. E. Forster applied for a lease of reserve at Coairabyra. It was decided to inform applicant that reserve was held on lease by A. Gilligan. T. Daley applied for another portion of Nangus Reserve. The Board decided to inform applicant that no part of the reserve was available.
In the exchange matter between Killen and Armstrong, it was decided to forward cheque to the Department in connection with the exchange.
W. J. Bell applied for two acres of land fronting MorIey's Creek near the old pumping station. It was decided to offer no objection. Dalgety & Co., Wagga, were granted a refund of £11/1/—fees paid twice in connection with travelling stock.
After accounts had been paid it was found that the credit balances in the funds were:—General, £627/19/5; Reserves Improvement, £334/0/9.
In connection with Inspector Roche's report that rabbits were present at the reservior at Tendandra Hill, it was decided to write the Public Works Department at Cootamundra, asking that the rocks be fenced off. Dir. Wilson offered to supply posts if the Department decided to go on with the job.
In the matter of outstanding rates, it was decided to give one month's notice, then hand accounts to the solicitor for collection.