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By Will Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org ROBBIE GRAHAM isn't at all happy to see the end of the North Coast's tick board. A member of the Board of Tick Control for 15 years, he attended its last meeting last week before it was replaced by a six-member council made up of appointed industry representatives as recommended by the Gary West report. The tick board was founded in the early 1900s to provide advice, guidance and regulation on tick matters and was made up of representatives from different regions who were elected by stock owners. Mr Graham said it had a critical role overseeing the quarantine area that protected the rest of NSW from infestations of Queensland ticks. Anti-tick prevention measures have been scaled back over the years as the threat from ticks has decreased. Mr Graham, a Goolmangar beef producer, said stock owners wouldn't have the same level of representation on policy issues under the new system. "I don't think it's in the best interests of stock owners because their voice won't be there any more," he said. The change comes as the number of tick inspectors, or 'tickies', is decreasing. Mr Graham fears big problems in the future if anti-tick measures are scaled back now. While NSW had been declared 'tick free', there were still a number of infestations around the North Coast, he said. "We still have a big problem with wandering cattle that can spread infestations across properties," he said. Lismore MP Thomas George said the tick board was a proud part of the area's history. He too expressed concerns about the scaling back of anti-tick measures.