Media Releases

Help available to Northern farmers plagued by locusts

- Biosecurity; Ministerial

The NSW Government has responded quickly to reports of Australian Plague Locusts in the State’s north by providing free support and pesticides to landholders, and by establishing a central State Co-ordination Centre, Minister for Agriculture and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced today.

Fishers sprung in sanctuary zone

- Fishing

NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries Officers handed down 26 penalty notices, totalling $11,200, and issued 22 warnings to fishers in the Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park sanctuary zone over just two days recently.

DPI Fisheries Officers have seized 1649 cockles in the Lake Illawarra region earlier this week as part of Operation Stingray 2, an ongoing state-wide operation targeting the collection of intertidal invertebrates, including at Lake Illawarra.

Murray Crayfish

Two hundred Murray crayfish re-homed in western waterways

- Fishing; Ministerial

Population numbers of the threatened Murray Crayfish have been bolstered after 200 of the species were successfully relocated to ensure their survival, Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Adam Marshall announced today.

Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Western NSW Adam Marshall has today encouraged the State’s up-and-coming farmers and fishers to save the date for the 2021 Young Farmer Business Program conference.

Be shark-smart for a safe summer

- Sharks; Ministerial

Holidaymakers and beachgoers heading to the coast have today been reminded by the NSW Government to be proactive about their safety in the water this summer.

Consumers to track melons' journey from farm to fingertips

- Agriculture; Ministerial

The State’s melon-lovers will be able to track the entire paddock-to-plate journey of their produce, with the launch of a new pilot program by the NSW Government that will use QR codes to connect consumers with fruit growers.

Biosecurity risks with online Christmas shopping

- Biosecurity

NSW consumers are reminded to look out for unwanted exotic plant pests in packages received from overseas, which pose a threat to the state’s $15.7 billion primary industries.

Natural disaster assistance for storm affected producers

- Agriculture; Drought

Farmers affected by storms which hit Cabonne and Oberon LGA earlier this year can now apply for Agricultural Natural Disaster Assistance through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority.