New Qld biose­cu­rity laws be­gin

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

FARM­ERS and other live­stock own­ers will need to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with Queens­land’s new biose­cu­rity that came into ef­fect on Fri­day, July 1.

The changes were two years in the mak­ing and they should mean less red tape with leg­is­la­tion now 130 pages shorter and 87 pre-ex­ist­ing fees re­duced to 33.

The roll­out of eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able cat­tle tick-free and tick-in­fected zones is one of the key amend­ments.

There is also a new an­i­mal regis­tra­tion scheme, ex­panded cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and au­dit­ing ar­range­ments and more flex­i­ble re­quire­ments to make mov­ing live­stock much eas­ier.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Leanne Don­ald­son said the up­dated leg­is­la­tion of­fered a “mod­ern risk-based ap­proach” be­cause the state faced in­creased biose­cu­rity threats from “in­creased global travel, ris­ing trade in an­i­mal and plant prod­ucts and di­ver­sity of land use”.

She said the act im­proved ca­pa­bil­ity to re­spond im­me­di­ately when test­ing was un­der­way.

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