CCATTLE TICK ERADICATION MUST BE A PRIORITY FOR LABOR

CATTLE TICK ERADICATION MUST BE A PRIORITY FOR LABOR

CCATTLE TICK ERADICATION MUST BE A PRIORITY FOR LABOR

6 May 2005

The NSW Labor Government has finally announced an inquiry into the use of a live tick vaccine in the State following years of pressure from The Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George said.

Mr George first raised the issue back in 2000 when it became evident that Labor's approach to tick control was uncoordinated.

"We have been encouraging the NSW Labor Government to review its pathetic tick policy for some time now and we renewed our call last month following an outbreak of tick fever deaths," Mr George said.

"At least 52 properties in the Tweed Valley have been quarantined after 21 deaths on three properties.

"The problem lies at the NSW and Queensland border where there is next to no surveillance.

"Following this outbreak The Nationals received a number of enquiries, concerns and requests for information on recent tick outbreaks, vaccinations and policy.

"As a result I convened two meetings which were attended by 300 local beef producers."

"Cattle producers moved a motion of no confidence in Minister Macdonald and his Department for continuing to pursue present policy concerning the cattle tick program," Mr George said.

"They also called on the Minister to immediately create a buffer zone along the Queensland border, provide chemicals free of charge to producers that have been quarantined as a result of tick infestations and reinstate manned border crossings between Killarney and Tweed Heads."

Mr George said the inquiry headed by the Hon. Garry West was expected to canvass these important issues.

"It will review the use of a live tick vaccine, the introduction of Queensland cattle into NSW, electronic surveillance at the border and the State Government's tick advisory mechanisms," he said.

"I would like the inquiry to also review funding cuts to the Department of Primary Industries and the ramifications the cuts have had on tick policy.

"The Nationals just hope the review will signal an end to the NSW Labor Government sitting on its hands when it comes to cattle tick control in NSW."
 

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