New bio-security laws for NSW
THE State Government has introduction tough new bio-security measures that will step up its fight against potential disease threats, says Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson.
“The Primary Industries Legislation Amendment (Bio-security) Bill 2012 was passed by New South Wales Parliament last night,” Ms Hodgkinson says in a statement today (Wednesday).
“The changes are designed to keep NSW pest- and disease-free, and improve our capability to respond to an emergency disease outbreak.
“The laws give the NSW Government new powers to manage the movement of plants and animals, and undertake additional disease monitoring and surveillance.
“They also allow for the destruction of suspect plants and animals, and introduce new measures that require landholders and members of the community to notify authorities of potential animal and plant diseases.
“The new laws are all about protecting our $9 billion primary industries sector and environment from potential pests and diseases,” Ms Hodgkinson says.