HTBA President Dr Cameron Collins today welcomed the federal Government's decision to introduce amendments to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 to protect our water resources from coal seam gas (csg) and large coal mining developments more
The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association President, Dr Cameron Collins, welcomed Premier Barry O’Farrell’s announcement today to ban coal seam gas (csg) mining from residential areas and critical industry clusters. Dr Collins also commended the Premier on his decision to provide the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) with appropriate powers to regulate and revoke coal seam gas licences. more
The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association President, Dr Cameron Collins, today called for the suspension of all exploration and mining licences awarded under Minister Macdonald until there has been a full investigation by Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), or otherwise, as to whether they were issued appropriately more
THE Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association has today called on Federal and NSW State Governments not to play politics with precious land and water resources but to act quickly and decisively to protect iconic industries and waterways in the Hunter Valley from mining. more
BRIAN FLANNERY, whose net worth is estimated to be $600 million, was dismissive of the amazing windfall he was about to receive when - after only eight weeks - his $640,000 investment in the mining company at the centre of a corruption scandal was about to skyrocket to $50 million more
Our Future is Your Future
At its 2011 AGM the HTBA announced a new board comprising representatives from some of our leading thoroughbred breeding stud farms. A strengthened HTBA now has representatives from stud farms such as Arrowfield, Coolmore, Darley, Emirates Park, Vinery, Widden and Yarraman Park. This is in addition to the ongoing commitment and board representation from Crowning Stone, Eire Bloodstock, Riversdale Farm, the Scone Equine Hospital and Cressfield.
This strengthening of the HTBA Board represents the commitment to the significant challenges we are facing in the Hunter Valley. The past few years have been especially challenging with the increasing threat posed by the growing encroachment of mining on our operations in the Hunter Valley. This remains our most significant challenge today.
HTBA has been campaigning actively for the last 2 years to protect our industry, employees and the support industries that rely on our on-going operations in the Hunter Valley. This campaign has been funded by a few leading studs. The composition of our new board reflects a broader and deeper commitment to protect our world-class centre of thoroughbred breeding excellence in the Hunter Valley.
2012 represents a crossroads on the issue of land use as the NSW Government are set to deliver their Strategic Regional Land Use Policy. The urgency is a catalyst for HTBA to seek to broaden our support in 2012.
At this crucial time we are approaching those that share a passionate interest in the Hunter Valley industry for support under the banner of Our Future is Your Future.
Specifically, we will be approaching industry suppliers, who will be afforded the opportunity to support us at various levels as Gold Preferred Suppliers, Silver Preferred Suppliers and Bronze Preferred Suppliers. There will be a suite of benefits, most importantly the ability to promote industry suppliers as a supporter of our Industry that will extend over the critical period up to 30 June 2013.
For others who share an interest, but are not currently members there will be an opportunity to show your support as a Contributor at a level that suits your circumstance.
By adding your name and support behind our Association we can collectively send a strong signal of our commitment to the preservation of our industry in the Hunter Valley.
Wayne Bedggood – President
Andrew Wiles - Treasurer