Mem­ber for Far­rer Sus­san Ley:

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My thanks to the PAS­TORAL TIMES team for the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer read­ers best wishes for Christ­mas, New Year and 2019.

Vis­it­ing the area again last week, there is no doubt on­go­ing dry con­di­tions con­tinue to chal­lenge our lo­cal ir­ri­ga­tors and farm­ers.

The mes­sage I re­ceived is very clear; there is still more to be done to pro­duce com­mon-sense de­ci­sions on de­liv­er­ing wa­ter to grow food.

It is the same mes­sage I send to both the Fed­eral and NSW Wa­ter Min­is­ters, while con­tin­u­ing to work with lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to find ways to de­liver the wa­ter which cre­ates our pros­per­ity.

Small busi­ness also feels the ef­fects of low wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions so please, where pos­si­ble, ‘shop lo­cal’ over the hol­i­day pe­riod.

While we can­not al­ways have the weather we want, hav­ing the right plans in place to sup­port the needs of com­mu­ni­ties across Far­rer is very im­por­tant.

Fund­ing for re­gional de­velop- ment pro­grams, driv­ing down do­mes­tic power bills and other cost-of-liv­ing pres­sures will again be a key fo­cus for our na­tional gov­ern­ment in 2019.

A spe­cial men­tion to our lo­cal po­lice, med­i­cal staff and emer­gency ser­vices, each look­ing af­ter us over the sum­mer. And if you are near a wa­ter­way, please be watch­ful over young­sters and alert vis­i­tors to the risks posed when swim­ming in lo­cal rivers, dams or creeks.

Have a happy and safe hol­i­day sea­son.

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