With this year’s Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) rate notices now served upon many rural properties, ratepayers must again ask themselves why they should pay these concocted fees, mostly for services that are denied.
Since 1980 I have consistently opposed these ridiculous demands by government authorities. After six court summonses and an aborted auction of my 12ha rainforested valley in 2003, these qangos have now wasted at least $10,000 in costs over 32 years for a measly $1,700 from me.
In Lismore Court at 9.30am on Thursday 29 March I will appear yet again to defend my right to not be defrauded of my assets to support a self-serving, hubristic cattle qango who spend your rates on feathering their own nests before offering some tokenistic services that should be provided by the Department of Primary Industries, as in every other state. I hope others will support my stand.
If you have no livestock, do not pay, complain to MPs and the bureaucratic bullies who run these authorities, and finally defend your rights in court, for then the debt collector cannot come after your property.
If you need advice on how to protect yourself from this extortion racket, visit this website: www.rurallandsgroup.net.
Russell Preston, Brisbane
The Department of Primary Industries has just released a review of the LHPA – www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/about/legislation-acts/review/lhpa. Whether or not the government adopts any of the recommendations remains to be seen. – Ed