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Have A Say On Biosecurity Laws

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Agriculture Minister John McVeigh (centre) discussed tick control and other biosecurity issues with local primary producers Graeme Wicks, Carolyn Barlow James, Joe Jessen and Tony Scanlan when he visited the South Burnett last month

Webinars On Proposed Changes

Biosecurity Queensland is also hosting a series of webinars for participants keen to learn more about the proposed changes.

The webinar topics are:

  • Fees – 2:00pm on October 28

October 15, 2014

Farmers, landowners and community members have been invited to comment on new biosecurity regulations, including proposed changes to the way of managing cattle ticks.

Agriculture Minister John McVeigh said the regulations would underpin the new Biosecurity Act 2014 passed by Parliament earlier this year.

“The legislation serves to safeguard not only agricultural businesses, but also the environment and our Queensland lifestyle,” Mr McVeigh said.

“I encourage Queenslanders to consider the regulations and provide comment as part of the consultation which is open until 5:00pm, on Friday, November 21.

“This is an opportunity for Queensland to modernise laws that’s well overdue, with some of our biosecurity rules being in place for more than a century.”

Mr McVeigh said Queensland was at the frontline for preventing animal and plant pests and diseases entering Australia and needed to maintain its reputation for high biosecurity standards to ensure unfettered access to export markets.

“The new Act will streamline processes, reduce red tape and improve service delivery. Most importantly, it acknowledges biosecurity is a shared responsibility, and provides flexibility for individuals to manage their own, everyday biosecurity risks.

“However, before the Act can commence, existing regulations must be reviewed, which is what we are seeking feedback on through a Regulatory Impact Statement.”

Mr McVeigh said some of the requirements in the current regulations would be maintained, but others would be removed as they were no longer necessary.

“New ways are proposed for managing banana and mango pests, cattle ticks, bee pests and there’s a fee for property registration,” he said.

“The options outlined in the Regulatory Impact Statement were developed in consultation with industry over many months, with the costs and benefits of each option now detailed for wider community consideration.

“Feedback will help shape the future of biosecurity in our state, so it’s important we hear from a diverse range of groups and individuals throughout Queensland.”

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One Response to Have A Say On Biosecurity Laws

  1. Greg Howell

    There is one group of stakeholder group not mentioned and they are aviculturists. Previous legislation protected the human population and stock but this has been extended to all captive birds and not just poultry. The act included a prohibition on the feeding of animal matter to birds with the sole exception being raptors in show. I presume that those not in shows will have to eat carrots along with the herons, honeyeaters, wrens, king fishers, finches and in fact the majority of birds are condemned to a vegetarian diet. Even feeding kitchen scraps to the backyard chooks will see you in breach of the act. How free range chickens will be convinced not to eat any insects or snails will be difficult but I presume DAFF will turn a blind eye. Likewise I hope they turn a blind eye to the cuttle bone in budgies cage or the egg and biscuit fed to the canaries. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has so fervently embraced the proactive aspects of disease control that the Act protects Queensland from organisms that have not only never been present in the state but are yet to evolve!