Media Releases

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) advises that high levels of a harmful  algae species, Alexandrium catenella, have recently been detected in the waters of the lower reaches of the Hawkesbury River, downstream of the Pacific Highway bridge.

Orchard plant protection guide

Protecting NSW cherries ready for export

- Agriculture

NSW horticulture industries can be protected with release of the latest Orchard plant protection guide for deciduous fruits in NSW, aimed to assist growers to safeguard their valuable orchards and increase production.

A tractor in a paddock spreading fertiliser

Maximising nutrient efficiency while reducing environmental risks associated with storing, transporting and spreading poultry manure is the aim of the newly developed Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) ManureSmart workshops.

Cows standing in a paddock

Soggy start to spring improves pasture growth

- Agriculture

Pasture growth continued to improve across most of the state as NSW experienced the wettest period on record from winter to early spring, with the wetter than normal conditions likely to continue throughout October.

The North Coast Shark Management Strategy Stakeholder Group met in Ballina today to discuss the first steps in the development of a six month trial of shark meshing nets on the North Coast.

Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water, Niall Blair, today approved a range of infrastructure upgrades to help clear a backlog of water and sewerage projects in regional areas, under the NSW Government’s $110 million Regional Water and Wastewater Backlog Program.

Lupin anthracnose causing lesions on plant, bent and twisted stems and pods

Damaging lupin disease confirmed in NSW

- Agriculture

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has confirmed the detection of the damaging  anthracnose disease in lupin crops for the first time in NSW, and has alerted growers to inspect crops for symptoms.

The Minister and recipient holding the award

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Senior Principal Research Scientist, Dr Lukas Van Zwieten, based at Wollongbar has received one of the NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering in the category Innovation in Public Sector Science & Engineering.

A commercial-scale aquaculture trial will begin off Port Stephens today. The NSW Department of Primary Industries will begin the trial by stocking a new sea pen with Yellowtail Kingfish fingerlings.

Shark nets to be trialled on North Coast [PDF]

- Fishing; Ministerial

The NSW Government is seeking Commonwealth approval to implement a six-month trial of traditional shark nets on the North Coast.