Media Releases

Food safety - it's in your hands

- Biosecurity

As part of Australian Food Safety Week NSW Food Authority CEO Dr Lisa Szabo today urged local consumers to take food poisoning seriously.

Budget boost for biosecurity as agricultural sector begins long road to recovery

- Agriculture; Biosecurity; Ministerial

The NSW Government will invest more than $1 billion as part of the 2020-21 NSW Budget to ensure the green shoots of recovery are protected and supported as the agricultural sector begins its long road to recovery from drought, floods and bushfires.

Endangered Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon rescued and relocated into the Taronga Western Plains Zoo late last year are thriving in their new home, NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries Manager Maryrose Antico said today.

Just two weeks after creating a specialised hit squad to take down rouge operators, the NSW Government’s Puppy Factory Taskforce has conducted its first simultaneous raids on suspect facilities in southern NSW, following concerns for the welfare of up to 120 breeding dogs and puppies.

Feral deer and pigs put on notice

- Biosecurity; Ministerial

Pests which destroy farmers’ crops and pasture as well as wreak havoc on native vegetation will now have nowhere to hide with the NSW Government releasing new mapping to better track feral deer and pigs.

Serpentine leafminer (Liriomyza huidobrensis) Leafminers are tiny black flies (1-2 mm long) with yellow markings. The larvae leave behind mines that look like squiglly trails on leaves. If you see anything suspicious ring the Exotic Plant Pest hotline on 1800 084 881.

Serpentine leafminer detected in Western Sydney

- Biosecurity

Residents in Western Sydney Region are urged to look out for signs of damage and presence of fly larvae following the detection of Serpentine leafminer in a vegetable crop.

Join us on Mission: Biosecurity

- Biosecurity

The departments of agriculture and primary industries across Australia have proudly partnered with Costa Georgiadis of Gardening Australia to develop a suite of interactive and digital resources which showcase the importance of biosecurity across Australia.

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Watch out for environmental invaders in Camden

- Biosecurity

Camden Council residents have been alerted to be on the lookout for frogbit, an invasive, smothering waterweed which poses a serious threat to our environment, after the weed was found by a council biosecurity officer in local Rossmore dams and in Rileys and South Creek.

Cowards caught committing acts of cruelty to animals will now face the harshest set of penalties in Australia, with the NSW Government set to dramatically ramp up punishments for animal cruelty offenders, Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall announced today.

Construction of Brewarrina radar complete

- Ministerial

In a significant boost for farmers ahead of what many hope will be the wettest summer in years, construction of the new multi-million dollar Brewarrina Doppler weather radar has been completed only four months after the first sod was turned.