MEDIA RELEASE

9 May, 2018

Importance of biosecurity highlighted by budget

$101.6 million funding to enhance Australia’s biosecurity system is the highlight of the 2018 budget according to peak wool industry representative group, WoolProducers Australia.

WoolProducers Australia President, Mr Richard Halliday said ‘Australia’s wool industry relies on sound biosecurity practices across the supply chain, starting with on-farm management through to border protection, to ensure ongoing market access’.

‘The financial commitment made by the government in last night’s budget demonstrates the importance of biosecurity to Australia’s agricultural trade and the broader economy’. Mr Halliday said.

This new funding includes the allocation of $6.6 million to develop national action plans, similar to the WoolProducers initiated National Wild Dog Action Plan, for other established pests and weeds.

‘A coordinated approach to the management of pests and weeds is the most effective way to combat the threat these incursions pose to Australia’s agricultural production’. Mr Halliday said.

WoolProducers also welcomed the extension of the immediate on-farm asset write off for businesses.

‘The accelerated depreciation measures enable small businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million to immediately deduct asset purchases under $20,000’.

‘This measure encourages these businesses to immediately invest in capital expenditure such as fencing, tanks, and feed silos’. Mr Halliday said.

ENDS

WoolProducers Australia contact:

Richard Halliday

President

0428 854 759

 

Jo Hall

Chief Executive Officer

0488 554 811

About WoolProducers’ Australia

WPA plays a critical role in working closely with companies and entities funded by woolgrower funds including compulsory levies or fees for service.

Its mission is to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for woolgrowers nationally.

The agency is responsible for appointing a director to each of the Australian Wool Exchange and the Australia Wool Testing Authority, promoting good corporate governance and ensuring that the interests of growers are met.

WPA maintains a working relationship with Australian Wool Innovation as the voice of woolgrower shareholders.  It aims to contribute to AWI’s programs for the benefit of growers, promoting responsible use of levy funds and ensuring good corporate governance.

WPA is the sole wool industry member of Animal Health Australia, and as such, carries a significant responsibility for decision making on behalf of the industry in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak.

As the only wool grower organisation with membership of the National Farmers’ Federation, WoolProducers is responsible for providing key policy advice on behalf of our members, and other wool growers, to Australia’s peak farm body.

WoolProducers also works closely with the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on key issues such as animal health and welfare, biosecurity, pest management control, natural resource management, drought preparedness, emergency animal disease outbreak preparedness and industry development, including research and trade.