Biosecurity is important to all of us

Ed, Minimising and ultimately preventing risks from animal and plant pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants is crucial to the health and wellbeing of our economy, environment and communities. To help us more effectively manage biosecurity risks in NSW, we have a new NSW Biosecurity Act commencing on 1 July 2017. A key principle of the Act is that biosecurity is a shared responsibility involving government, industry and community. Whether you live in a regional area or a large city, have a small farm or backyard garden, participate in bushwalking, or enjoy recreational fishing, everyone can play a part in managing our biosecurity. The new framework provides greater flexibility in managing risks, including new powers to allow faster response times in an emergency, such as during a disease outbreak. The Department of Primary Industries is hosting a series of information meetings with key stakeholders across the State to explain the impact of the changes. You can find an online training program and advisory material at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity. The NSW Government is committed to safeguarding our $14 billion primary industries sector, protecting our environment and ensuring our State’s reputation for safe, disease-free food and fibre remains the best in the world. The Hon Niall Blair MLC Minister for Primary Industries Minister for Regional Water Minister for Trade and Industry