Public urged to help build a new Biosecurity Act for South Australia

INPUT: Public comment is now being urged on the newly proposed Biosecurity Act for SA. Photo: Shutterstock
INPUT: Public comment is now being urged on the newly proposed Biosecurity Act for SA. Photo: Shutterstock

Plans for a modern, simpler, and more effective Biosecurity Act for South Australia to support the state's $15.2 billion primary industries and agribusiness industry currently relies on public comment.

The aim of the new Biosecurity Act is to create new opportunities for SA primary industries, reduce red tape, drive down costs and better align with national and interstate approaches.

Importantly, the Act will help protect the state from pests and diseases that are economically significant, threaten the land and aquatic environments or may affect public amenities, community activities and infrastructure.

Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham says a "strong and effective" biosecurity system is vital for protecting the state's reputation for exceptional food, wine and fibre.

"We enjoy relative freedom from many pests and diseases that plague farmers elsewhere in the world and this makes our producers more competitive and provides access to premium local and international markets," he said.

Biosecurity is everyone's responsibility whether you are a farmer, a fisher, a backyard fruit and vegetable grower, a food manufacturer, a transporter, a tourist or a member of the community.

Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham

However, he added that each year the threat of pests and diseases increase on state borders.

"...our practices and laws need to keep up to protect our crops and products".

Further at stake is 76,000 jobs held across the state.

"Biosecurity is everyone's responsibility whether you are a farmer, a fisher, a backyard fruit and vegetable grower, a food manufacturer, a transporter, a tourist or a member of the community," Minister Basham said.

"The new Act will ensure everyone understands and acts on their shared responsibility to protect the state by preventing, eliminating and minimising the spread of pest and disease."

Public comment is now being urged on the newly proposed Biosecurity Act for SA.

The six-week public consultation closes 5pm on Tuesday, November 24.

To view the consultation documents and have your say, visit www.pirsa.gov.au/biosecurity-act.

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