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TAS Country : November 3rd 2011
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, November 4, 2011 Your Say State can take the lead on animal welfare JAN Davis from the Tas- manian Farmers and Graz- iers Association is correct in her assertions that the vast majority of primary producers treat their ani- mals humanely, and that it takes only one bad apple to damage the reputation of an entire industry. Tasmania's reputation is our biggest marketing as- set, and the Greens believe strongly that we can help to build our brand by taking the lead on animal welfare and becoming the clean, green and humane state. It was therefore disap- pointing to read Ms Davis' claim (Tasmanian Country, October 7) that the TFGA had not been invited to attend the Greens' recent Animal Welfare Roundtable. To correct the record, an invitation was sent out to Ms Davis before the story was printed, and I was later disappointed to learn that Ms Davis had declined to attend. I convened the forum as part the Greens' push for reforms to the Animal Wel- fare Act (1993) that would strengthen animal welfare provisions, and ensure that penalties for offences under the Act match com- munity expectations. The meeting heard from various experts and stake- holders including Tas- mania Police, the Aust- ralian Veterinary Association and animal welfare groups, but unfor- tunately the primary in- dustries sector was under- represented. A representative from Minister Bryan Green's of- fice took the opportunity at the forum to announce that the Minister had asked the state's Animal Welfare Ad- visory Committee to seek a review of the Act. The Greens welcomed this as a positive step, and will await the results be- fore tabling any amend- ments. What is clear is that reforms are long overdue, and that tougher penalties are needed for those who engage in cruelty towards defenceless domestic pets, farm animals and native species. Tasmania is already leading the way on phasing out sow stalls, and I believe that just as our reputation for producing high-quality, healthy produce has de- livered major marketing benefits to the state, so too can our ethical stance on animal welfare. Cassy O'Connor Greens' animal welfare spokeswoman Chemical spray drift a growing concern ENVIRONMENT Tas- mania has received yet a further report highlighting the growing problem of agrichemical aerial spray drift in Tasmania. The report, from a concerned individual in Triabunna, indicated early-morning spraying on a plantation caused signifi- cant spray drift into a nearby water course and homes. If proven to be accurate, the report highlights yet again the need to have chemical trespass laws that make the perpetrators of these acts accountable. Irrespective of what crop is being sprayed, people have a right to expect that neither their properties nor they themselves will be contaminated with agrichemicals. This is a property rights issue and a significant health issue that all politi- cal parties should be look- ing at. It is no longer acceptable for the Government and regulatory authorities to turn a blind eye to these cases of chemical trespass. The current methods of application do not guaran- tee that the applied agri- chemical will stay exclus- ively within the target site and the broader com- munity no longer accepts such spraying practices and standards. The Government needs to urgently implement chemical trespass laws as a matter of priority. Peter Skillern Executive Officer Environment Tasmania SEND your opinion to letters to the editor, Tasmanian Country, 93 Macquarie St, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000 or e-mail email@example.com We reserve the right to condense letters unless they are marked ''use in full or not at all''. Preference will be given to letters of less than 150 words. Councils must show way in connecting communities LOCAL councils must lead the way to ensure regional Australia benefits from high-speed broadband. This is the evidence the Regional Telecommuni- cations Independent Re- view Committee heard this week from Dr Tim Wil- liams, a global expert in community regeneration and author of Connecting Communities, a report commissioned by broadband technology company Huawei. His point is clear: If local councils don't act now, their communities risk missing out on the wealth of benefits broadband can bring to the bush. Rural and regional Australia is now getting the attention it deserves regarding the critical utility of the 21st century -- high-speed broadband. It is time for local coun- cils to step up and ensure their communities don't miss out. Jeremy Mitchell Huawei Australia THE OJD MENACE IS A THREAT TO YOUR FLOCK Vaccination with Gudair has been highly successful in protecting many flocks, but Ovine Johne s disease is still threatening properties all across Australia. If OJD gets onto your property, your sheep will slowly waste away, destroying your bottom line and limiting your trade opportunities. Due to the persistent nature of OJD bacteria, it s important to keep up your Gudair vaccination program. In fact, experience shows that OJD can re-appear if vaccination is stopped. So give one dose to lambs at 4--16 weeks and protect them for life. For more information on how to protect your flock, talk to your Pfizer Sheep Product Specialist on 1800 814 883. Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd, 38-42 Wharf Road, West Ryde, NSW 2114. ABN 50 008 422 348. Registered Trademark of Pfizer Australia. PAL0524/TC. Sheep Health. Performance. Growth. VACCINATE LAMBS WITH
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