Horse levy re­view now avail­able

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

THE De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources has re­leased the Horse Dis­ease Re­sponse Levy Re­view con­sul­ta­tion re­port, fol­low­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

The horse dis­ease re­sponse levy is the mech­a­nism for the in­dus­try to con­trib­ute to the cost of re­spond­ing to an emer­gency an­i­mal dis­ease af­fect­ing horses, the cost of which is shared by the Com­mon­wealth, state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments and in­dus­try un­der the Emer­gency An­i­mal Dis­ease Re­sponse Agree­ment.

Head of the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­source’s Biose­cu­rity Pol­icy and Im­ple­men­ta­tion Di­vi­sion, Matt Ko­val, said the nil-rated levy is re­viewed ev­ery five years.

“Un­der the cur­rent ar­range­ments, the levy would be placed on man­u­fac­tured feed and worm treat­ments in the event of a dis­ease af­fect­ing horses,” Mr Ko­val said.

“This agree­ment is there to give the horse in­dus­try con­fi­dence that the re­sources and fi­nances will be avail­able, should an emer­gency dis­ease in horses reach our shores.”

The re­view po­si­tion pa­per is avail­able at agri­cul­ture.gov.au/horse levyre­view.

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