New pest tax

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

The WA Op­po­si­tion is warn­ing a new tax will hit South West pro­duc­ers.

Prop­erty own­ers on the Perth fringe and through­out the South West would be hit with a $50 De­clared Pest Tax pro­posed by Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan.

Shadow agri­cul­ture spokesman Ian Blayney said the tax was de­signed to fund vol­un­teer groups and biose­cu­rity is­sues.

“Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan is try­ing to off­load re­spon­si­bil­ity for fund­ing pest con­trol to prop­erty own­ers and then hand re­spon­si­bil­ity for man­ag­ing that con­trol to vol­un­teer groups,” he said.

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