An Equine Influenza (EI) Industry Group will be established to provide whole of industry input into the management of the State’s ongoing response to EI.
Racing and Gaming Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich announced today that Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) had initiated the establishment of the Equine Influenza Industry Group.
“I have discussed the proposal to establish this group with the Agriculture Minister Kim Chance and we both agree that this is an important step forward in ensuring that the management of the EI issue across the broader horse industry is co-ordinated in the most effective way,” Ms Ravlich said.
The group will include RWWA chief executive officer Richard Burt, thoroughbred racing representative and RWWA board member Bob Pearson, harness racing representative and fellow RWWA board member Ross Cooper, Department of Agriculture and Food WA deputy director General Rob Delane, DAFWA director of Biosecurity Ashley Mercy and a representative each from the Horse Council of WA and the Equestrian Federation of WA.
The group was formed to promote more effective management of EI between the racing and non-racing horse industries and will be a key feature of high level planning of EI management on an ongoing basis.
“This recognises the need to keep all parties informed,” the Minister said.
“WA’s racing industry is booming and the Government is keen to ensure that the EI threat is managed in the best possible way.”
Advice from DAFWA is that the highest risk of EI transmission is by humans entering WA who have been in contact with EI infected horses, property or horse equipment.
This is difficult to control and DAFWA is taking steps to ensure that appropriate controls and information are in place at the domestic airport.
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