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KIAA Newsletter

June 2019

Welcome to the the KIAA newsletter. In this issue, we release the KIAA's final policy papers incorporating your feedback, provide an update on new biosecurity laws in Queensland, explain changes to commercial harvesting in South Australia, and look at the industry's new representatives following the federal election.

Final policy papers now available on the website

We thank everyone who submitted comments on the KIAA's new policy papers, which outline the industry's position on improving the sustainable management of kangaroo populations, traceability of kangaroo products and animal welfare standards for the commercial and non-commercial culling of kangaroos. You can find the final versions on the Resources page of the KIAA website.

Any further comments or suggestions of other issues that you would like the KIAA to explore can be sent to kiaa@kangarooindustry.com.au

New fines for trespassers in Queensland

Queensland's biosecurity laws have been changed to allow police and biosecurity officers to issue immediate fines to those who do not comply with a property's biosecurity management plan and who put on-farm biosecurity at risk.

The new biosecurity laws and fines are in addition to existing trespass laws and penalties, which include fines and possible jail time.
 
To support enforcement of the new biosecurity law, farmers, livestock producers and others who keep animals are encouraged to:
Find out more about the new law and what you can do to secure your property.

Landholders to boost harvest in South Australia

The South Australian Government is introducing a three-month pilot program to respond to high kangaroo numbers and as an opportunity for drought-affected farmers to gain additional income.

The trial is expected to start this month and will allow up to 10 landholders to participate in commercial kangaroo harvesting, with a focus on the western Eyre Peninsula and Upper North regions. The program was developed by the Department of Environment and Water, Primary Industries and Regions SA, Livestock SA and Macro Meats.

The State Government is also proposing to update the state's Commercial Kangaroo Management Plan to expand the commercial kangaroo harvesting zone and increase the number of species that can be harvested.

A look at our new federal representatives

The federal election brought it's fair share of surprises last month. Below is a rundown of the new and old faces with portfolios impacting the kangaroo industry.

Morrison Ministry


Sen Hon Bridget McKenzie
Minister for Agriculture (previously Minister for Rural Health)


Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Environment (previously Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories)

Hon David Littleproud MP, Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disasters and Emergency Management (previously Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources) 


Albanese Shadow Ministry


Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources (previously Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Australia)

Terri Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Environment and Water (previously Shadow Minister for Young Australians and Youth Affairs)
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