New BAM Act to strengthen State’s biosecurity defences

Media Release
 
New Act improves protection against potentially devastating pests and diseases
 
Western Australia’s defences against potentially devastating pests and diseases have been strengthened today with the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) coming into effect.
 
Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the new BAM Act would take the place of 16 older Acts and enhance protection of the State’s $6billion agriculture and food sector and the environment.
 
“The Act modernises the law and removes inconsistencies between previous legislation to better serve business and the community,” Mr Baston said.
The Minister said the Act would lead to greater co-operation between government, landholders, industry and the community.
 
“It empowers industry and the community to work together to address biosecurity threats,” he said.
 
“Under the Act, Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) have been formed across the rangelands to combat pests and diseases that threaten the profitability and viability of their businesses.
 
“The RBGs can raise their own funds, which are matched 50:50 by the State Government to support biosecurity activities.
 
Mr Baston said the work of the RGBs would complement industry-funded schemes to combat pest plants, animals and diseases adversely affecting the profitability of agriculture.
 
“We all have a role to play in doing the right thing and making sure pests and diseases don’t threaten agricultural production, native flora and fauna and our enviable outdoor lifestyle,” he said.
 
Fact File
  •     The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) replaces 16 Acts, in whole or in part
  •     A list of around 55,000 organisms and declared pests, as well as information about how to apply for import permits, is available on the Department of Agriculture and Food’s website: www.agric.wa.gov.au
Minister’s office - 6552 5400

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