State of Barwon | Have your say on the management of pests

Now is the time for individuals and organisations in the Barwon electorate to have their say on the draft Western Regional Strategic Pest Animal Management Plan.

The draft plan has been developed collaboratively with the Western Regional Pest Animal Committee and Western Local Land Services and is currently on public exhibition until Friday April 20.

This is a direct response from the NSW Government to the Natural Resource Commission review into the management of pest animals.

Information sessions are being held across the region to explain how the plan was developed, what it means for the region and how provide input into the final plan.

Have your say at: www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/have-your-say/

BORDER STATES BRIDGING THE GAP WITH BIOSECURITY 

A joint operation between New South Wales and Queensland Government’s was held in Toowoomba last week simulating a biosecurity emergency.

Over 200 people from across the area participated in the five day simulation, making it the biggest functional biosecurity exercise undertaken in Australia in the last decade.

Exercise Border Bridge is a large-scale biosecurity exercise, taking place from State Coordination Centres in Orange and Brisbane, and a joint Local Control Centre in Toowoomba.

It involves the mock-up scenario of an emergency plant pest and animal disease outbreak occurring across both states simultaneously.

The final stage of the program will take place in July, where there will be an exercise evaluation and briefing to industry representatives on the programs outcomes.

Functional exercises like this are vital to protecting our $15.4 billion primary industries sector, the environment and our communities.