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Question Without Notice No. 995 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 December 2017 by Hon Colin De Grussa

Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

SOIL AND LAND CONSERVATION COUNCIL
      995. Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the Minister for Agriculture and Food:
I refer to the minister's announcement on Tuesday that the Soil and Land Conservation Council will be revived through a ministerial advisory committee.
(1) What is the cost of the ministerial committee?
(2) How many people sit on the committee?
(3) What groups will be represented on the committee?
Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the member for the question.
      (1)–(2) The composition and cost will be determined over the next month. It is not anticipated there will be substantial costs. It will certainly be less than the cost of the proposed wild dog alliance that now would not be government funded. However, I suggest that the member reflect on the central importance of soil quality to agricultural productivity and the need to intensify our efforts in this area.
      (3) We will be asking all industry groups to suggest people who can make a real contribution to advancing the cause of conserving and improving our understanding of our fragile soils. If the member is aware of anyone that could add value here, I would be happy to consider them.