Media Releases

UPDATE: Response to Avian Flu at Hawkesbury egg farm

- Biosecurity; Ministerial

MINISTERIAL STATEMENT – from the NSW Minister for Agriculture Tara Moriarty

NSW Government’s Biosecurity plan launched after Avian Influenza detected

- Agriculture; Biosecurity; Ministerial

The NSW Government has enacted its emergency biosecurity incident plan to address the detection of avian influenza in the Hawkesbury district on a poultry egg farm, that has been confirmed as the High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (HPAI).

Spawning trout

Recreational fishers are reminded that the annual fishing closure in trout streams and rivers across NSW is in place from Tuesday 11 June 2024.

Timber bushfire

$13 million boost to protect softwood timber forests and supplies during bushfire season

- Forestry; Research & Development; Ministerial

The NSW Government has announced a $13 million forestry funding package to provide much needed protection of critical timber supplies in the Murray region in the lead up to the next bushfire season.

NSW Government to modernise rice sector exporting

- Agriculture; Ministerial

The NSW Government announced today it will introduce a Bill to State Parliament to end statutory rice export marketing (‘vesting’) arrangements by 1 July 2025, heralding a new era of greater opportunity and innovation for the rice industry.

Control zone for White Spot extended to Richmond River

- Biosecurity; Fishing

White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) has been detected by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in wild-caught school prawns (Metapenaeus macleay) from the Richmond River offshore area.

Fishing clubs and organisations are being encouraged to host their own ‘Gone Fishing Day’ events as part of the State-wide celebrations on Sunday, October 13, Bryan Van Der Walt, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Program Leader Recreational Fisheries, said today.

Murray Crayfish - Credit NSW DPI

Recreational fishers in south-western NSW are gearing up for the annual opening of the Murray Crayfish season on Saturday, 1 June 2024.

Varroa Development Officers give practical help in NSW

- Biosecurity; Ministerial

Eight new Varroa Development Officers (VDOs) roles in NSW will assist beekeepers to understand how to manage the Varroa mite pest under the National Varroa Management program.

White spot confirmed in wild-caught prawns near Evans Head

- Agriculture; Research & Development

White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) has been detected by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in wild-caught school prawns (Metapenaeus macleay), from the inshore ocean area near Evans Head.