Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman
Live Export Ban: Hotline Set Up For WA Cattle Producers
Victor P Taffa
Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman has today announced a hotline to help support cattle producers in the State affected by the ban on livestock exports to Indonesia.
Producers can contact 1800 084 881 during business hours to access this service.
Mr. Redman said the Federal Government’s decision to ban exports was a ramshackle decision that had left many producers, particularly Kimberley and Pilbara pastoralists, in a vulnerable position.
“The Western Australian Government understands the financial and emotional pressures on families and communities as a consequence of this decision.” Mr. Redman said.
“At no point does the Government condone the inhumane treatment of animals, but we believe with appropriate regulation, training and traceability, the live export industry to Indonesia can operate effectively into the future.”
“We also need to recognise that this current ban impacts directly on the livelihoods of many families across regional WA.”
“We are in the middle of the mustering season for the Kimberley and Pilbara and the Federal Government’s decision has meant producers are now on hold.”
The hotline will be provided by the Department of Agriculture and Food. Department officers can provide advice on stock management, livestock identification and transport requirements.
Officers will also be able to provide information and advice on available counselling and financial support services.
The Minister said a joint WA industry-government taskforce met for the first time yesterday to map out a response to present to the Federal Government to enable industry to resume trade to Indonesia as soon as possible.
“This group is also examining key issues affecting producers and communities and providing advice back to Government.” Mr. Redman said.
Crisis counselling, support and referral is available from Crisis Care 24-hour support line, 1800 199 008.