30 August 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George, today reinforced his concerns for local horse owners to take all the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the deadly Hendra virus. The Hendra virus has now killed six horses since June at properties in Wollongbar, Macksville, Ballina, Lismore and Mullumbimby.

“Recently, I raised the matter in Parliament as a Matter of Public Importance where 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.

With this latest loss, I again remind horse owners to be 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:

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.