Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Biosecurity boosted in the agricultural sector

    29/06/2015 11:00 AM
    • $3.5m funding supports research and development projects
    • Innovative biosecurity solutions the priority 

    Agricultural industries and the broader community will benefit from a $3.5 million boost to support projects aimed at addressing biosecurity risks, as part of the State Government's $20 million Boosting Biosecurity Defences project, made possible by Royalties for Regions.


    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the fund had been established to encourage innovative research and development that enhanced the State's biosecurity status.


    Mr Baston said it was important Western Australia remained vigilant against biosecurity threats to protect agricultural industries.


    "The Biosecurity Research and Development Fund supports the efforts of organisations, community and industry groups in targeting significant pests and diseases that affect our agricultural sector," the Minister said.


    "Over the next three years, $2.5 million of this fund will be distributed across seven projects that collectively support agricultural productivity, help maintain Western Australia's freedom from many pests and diseases and deliver flow-on benefits to industry, regional communities, trade and the economy."


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would help provide a better quality of life in regional WA by enabling regions to grow and contribute to strong economies.


    "The Biosecurity Research and Development Fund is an example of industry, community and government developing innovative ways to protect the value of Western Australia's agricultural sector and drive regional growth for the benefit of the whole State," Mr Redman said.


    Mr Baston congratulated the Goldfields Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association which received $158,500 for its work using innovative technologies to identify and map invasive cacti in the Southern Rangelands of WA.


    The fund will also support a Murdoch University project aimed at reducing feral pig impacts through the use of aerial thermal sensors and an Invasive Animals Limited project increasing stakeholder participation in biosecurity management.


    Fact File

    • More information about the seven projects supported by the Biosecurity Research and Development Fund are available at http://www.agric.wa.gov.au  
    • The remainder of the fund will be allocated later this year
    • Boosting Biosecurity Defences is a component of the $300m Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative, through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program
    • For more information on Royalties for Regions projects visit Bigger Picture - Regions 

    Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700