31 March 1995

12-week queue for simple answers

IT IS a lengthy business getting practical information out of the authorities. Keen to know what constituted a watercourse so that he could advise his growers correctly, Mr Chorley says he wrote to the PSD.

"I wanted to know how often it has to carry water. Some tramlines have been pretty good watercourses in the past few months. I was told they would reply as quickly as possible, but currently I could expect that to be 12 weeks."

Crop protection specialist Mick Bridges experience is similar. Wanting to know whether it was legal to sell a particular product, he was told he would have to wait a week. For other technical inquiries the current queue was 12-14 weeks. &#42