9 August 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George, said today that he is concerned by reports that some local horse owners are not taking all the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the deadly Hendra virus.

The Hendra virus has killed five horses since June at properties in Wollongbar, Macksville, Lismore and Mullumbimby.

“Yesterday, I raised the matter in Parliament as a Matter of Public Importance. The Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, made it clear that the NSW Department of Primary Industries is working around the clock to take swift and decisive action to prevent the spread of the Hendra virus,” Mr George said.

“As the Member for Lismore, I am concerned by reports that some horse owners are not being as vigilant to stop this deadly virus from spreading.”

Mr George said he wanted to remind all horse owners on the North Coast to take precautions to reduce the risk of their horses becoming infected with Hendra virus.

Horse owners can take a number of simple steps including:

Remove horses from paddocks where fruiting or flowering trees have temporarily attracted flying foxes. If that’s not possible, tape off the area under the tree.

If you suspect your horse has Hendra, keep both people and animals away from it and call your private veterinarian immediately.

Further information is available on NSW Department of Primary Industries’ website: www.agriculture.nsw.gov.au/info/hendra

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.