Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan
Premier Urges Western Australians To Get Behind Strawberry Growers
Victor P Taffa
- Western Australians urged to continue to buy Western Australian strawberries and support local growers
- $100,000 reward offered for information that will assist Police with inquiries into strawberry needle contamination
- Western Australia’s strawberry industry delivers huge benefits to the economy and deserves the community’s support
Premier Mark McGowan has urged Western Australians to get behind the State’s strawberry growers and announced a $100,000 reward for anyone with information that would assist Police with their investigations into the needle sabotage.
“It is more important than ever that the Western Australia community gets behind our State’s strawberry growers and buys local.” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“Strawberry industry delivers major benefits to our economy and employs hundreds of Western Australians they need our support and the best way to do that is to get out and buy Western Australia strawberries.”
Western Australia’s strawberry industry provides about $88 Million a year into the State’s economy and it is vital that Western Australians continue to support local growers, despite these incidents.
Premier McGowan said the industry was currently in its peak period and strawberries could still be purchased provided they are cut up before consuming.
Western Australia Police Force is investigating reports of needles being located in strawberries in Western Australia, and the Government of Western Australia will pay a reward of $100,000 for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the current strawberry contamination incidents.
Anyone who has information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.