Hon Judi Moylan

Budget 2005 - Agriculture initiatives a $60 million boost

Pearce farmers and agriculturalists are set to benefit from two Federal Budget initiatives, according to Federal Member for Pearce Judi Moylan. “Forty million dollars will be provided over four years to eradicate the most threatening weeds,” Ms Moylan said. “The Defeating the Weed Menace Program announced in this Budget, will provide funding for research, biological control, community awareness and action. “A further $20 million over four years will help livestock industries to introduce the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS), building on the previous Coalition Government expenditure of $6.1 million for the NLIS. By 1 July, 2005 all states (except NT) will have commenced the roll-out of the National Livestock Identification Scheme for cattle. Work is also progressing on the design of an NLIS mechanism for sheep. The NLIS is still primarily a state responsibility. Ms Moylan said an additional $560.9 million over four years would also be provided in this Budget to maintain, monitor and strengthen Australia’s quarantine regime. This funding is in addition to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services (AQIS) base funding. “As there are many farmers and rural dwellers in the electorate of Pearce, I am pleased that support has been provided to these excellent initiatives,” she said. “I envisage that these programs will prove popular among constituents, especially those in country areas such as in the Narrogin, Avon, Chittering, Brookton and Beverley regions.

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