14 June 2018
Minister for Primary Industries and Water
Additional funding of $8.6 million over 4 years to strengthen Tasmania’s biosecurity will be provided in the 2018-19 State Budget to help protect and grow the State’s agriculture industry and deliver on our plan to create jobs in regional Tasmania and grow the State’s economy.
The Hodgman Liberal Government has consistently delivered additional funding for biosecurity over the past 4 budgets and we are making a significant investment again in 2018-19 and beyond as part of taking agriculture to the next level.
Biosecurity is vitally important for protecting Tasmania’s reputation for quality primary produce and our natural environment and our relative pest and disease free status is a competitive advantage for our farmers in the market-place.
The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring Tasmania’s biosecurity system continues to respond to the modern risks and challenges of increased trade, to ensure Tasmania’s place in a global market-place and to manage more visitors coming to our island home.
Biosecurity investment in the 2018-19 State Budget includes:
The Budget also confirms an expenditure of $5.6 million over 4 years from the new $20 million Biosecurity Emergency Response and Research Fund to meet the costs associated with the current eradication program for Queensland Fruit Fly and future biosecurity risks.
The Fund includes:
The Hodgman Liberal Government remains committed to working closely with all primary industry stakeholders to identify further opportunities to maintain our State’s strong biosecurity system and to prepare and protect Tasmania from future pest and disease risks.