Hodgman Govt Provides A Range Of Measures For King Island

Hodgman Govt Provides A Range Of Measures For King Island

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

Boost For King Island Farmers

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff said the Tasmanian Government is investing an additional $360,000 to support and protect King Island’s enormous contribution to our primary industries and our world renowned brand.

“As a Government we understand the advantages and challenges of being an island, and are committed to working with our Bass Strait island communities to strengthen them into the future.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“We have listened to beef and dairy farmers, the council and other island stakeholders and today, I am pleased to announce a new package of support for the King Island community and its farmers.”

 

 

This includes:

  • Biosecurity $178,000 over two years: A full time Biosecurity Tasmania officer to be located on King Island. The officer will deliver the Border Regulation program activities and have broader responsibilities including animal welfare and weed management. The first jobs will be developing a King Island Biosecurity Plan in consultation with the council and community.
  • Wallaby Management Coordinator $152,000 over two years: The coordinator will develop and oversee the implementation of an effective and sustainable long-term management strategy to reduce damage by wallabies to pasture, crops and native vegetation. The funding for this position was due to end in June 2016, and will now be extended.
  • Deer Management $25,000: A project to explore options to manage wild deer on the island will commence. The initial planning phase will include engaging with local farmers and the King Island Natural Resources Management Group.
  • Additional Drought Support, $5,000, and $5,000 for Flinders Island: This will provide additional funding to Rural Business Tasmania to enable it to extend more support to farmers on King and Flinders Island during these continuing dry seasonal conditions. It includes five trips by financial counsellors to each island bi-monthly.

This funding is in addition to the $30,000 extra funding we have provided to Rural Alive and Well outreach services to King Island, to allow an outreach worker to spend three days per month working on the island for a year.

“It’s in addition to $50,000 we have provided to the King Island Council to support the development of a business plan for a proposed multispecies abattoir on the island.” Mr. Rockliff said.

King island’s airport is also about to get additional Biosecurity Tasmania signage to alert the increasing number of travellers to the island of the important role they play in protecting the natural environment.

“In addition to King Island, as a Government we also understand the enormous value of Flinders Island and the importance of protecting the Furneaux Group’s unique natural environment too.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“Every year the Government supports full-time on Flinders Island Biosecurity Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife staff, and expert services from Land Tasmania, AgriGrowth Tasmania and Natural and Cultural Heritage.”

“We are working to achieve our vision of a ten-fold increase in the farm-gate value of Tasmania’s produce to $10 Billion a year by 2050, to create jobs, and King Island and Flinders Island are an important part of this.” Mr. Rockliff said.