Budget’s $371m biosecurity boost will put ‘protective ring’ around agriculture, PM says

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Budget’s $371m biosecurity boost will put ‘protective ring’ around agriculture, PM says

Written by Sarah Martin, chief political correspondent

Measures to be announced on Tuesday come three years after Coalition’s failed attempt to introduce biosecurity levy on industry

A $371m biosecurity package that puts a “protective ring” around the agricultural sector is to be announced by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, three years after the Coalition’s failed attempt to introduce a biosecurity levy on industry.

Tuesday’s budget announcement, which includes $59m for swine flu prevention measures and $67m for a new response and surveillance program, follows calls by the National Farmers’ Federation for $417m in new spending over the next four years.

Related: Pests, pathogens and pandemics: Australia's biosecurity needs an overhaul, CSIRO warns

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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