Have your say on biosecurity management in NSW

LANDOWNERS, community and industry are encouraged to have their say on how biosecurity risks are managed in NSW as consultation gets underway surrounding the regulations to support the new Biosecurity Act 2015.

The Department of Primary Industries Deputy Director General, Bruce Christie, said the Biosecurity Act 2015 provides an opportunity to review how biosecurity risks are managed in NSW.

"Biosecurity protects our $12 billion primary industries sector, our food supply, our native flora and fauna and our infrastructure and assets from adverse impacts of animal and plant pests, diseases and weeds," Mr Christie said.

"The Act aims to minimise these threats while simultaneously reducing red tape surrounding its management.

"However, before the Biosecurity Act 2015 commences supporting regulations need to be developed.

"This initial consultation phase will provide an opportunity for us to review how biosecurity risks are managed and work together to develop a simple but solid management system.

"We are calling for feedback on how best to manage these risks so that we can ensure the regulations we develop are flexible and responsive to them, while also meeting business, environmental and community expectations.

"Dedicated materials and discussion papers are now available online and we welcome comment and feedback from landowners, community and industry."

Topics include aquatic biosecurity, animal biosecurity, plant biosecurity, stock foods, fertilisers and chemical residue, weeds, animal pests, certification and auditing.

"Biosecurity can often be taken for granted, however it's vital for the health, wellbeing and prosperity of everyone in NSW," Mr Christie said.

"Biosecurity is a shared responsibility and together we can protect NSW's strong economy, safe healthy food supply and unique natural environment."

The closing date for initial feedback on the papers is Friday February 12, while there will be further ongoing consultation over the next 12 months as the regulations are developed.

For more information visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurityact



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