Review of NSW Livestock Health and Pest Authority
The NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, has announced the review of the NSW Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) model will be undertaken by agricultural and energy economic consultant, Terry Ryan.
Ms Hodgkinson announced in late July that the review will be conducted in light of ongoing concerns with the model for the Authority put in place by the former Government in 2009.
“The services delivered by the Livestock Health & Pest Authorities play a major role in animal health, pest management and biosecurity across NSW. We need to ensure these services provide value to the primary producers and non-urban landholders of the State.”
Mr Ryan was previously Policy Director for the NSW Farmers’ Association and he has worked for the then Industries Assistance Commission and the New Zealand Treasury.
He will be advised by a Steering Committee made up of Government and industry representatives. The Steering Committee includes:
- Dr Richard Sheldrake - Director General, NSW Department of Primary Industries
- Ian Donges - Representative of the LHPA State Council
- Charles Armstrong - Representative of the NSW Farmers’ Association
The Terms of Reference for the review are available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au. An Issues Paper is being developed as a guide for submissions and their lodgement and this will be published soon on www.dpi.nsw.gov.au.