Animal farmers will pay under biosecurity changes
GLADSTONE horse owners and cattle farmers face a new fee if proposed changes to the Queensland Biosecurity Act go ahead.
The $357.55 three-year impost will hit anyone farming or making money from a range of animals including horses, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.
Under the plan farmers may have to pay property identification code registration fees, which the State Government now pays.
Three options are on the table - the government meeting the cost, farmers paying the fee or a final option where the government would pay 66% of the fee as a subsidy.
Queensland Horse Council president Rob Kerslake said the cost was too high.
Queensland Farmers Federation biosecurity spokesperson Gary Sansom said farmers would accept the move to a user pays system.
Biosecurity Queensland principal policy officer Mark Lightowler urged everyone to give their views.
Farmers have until this Friday to get their views heard on the changes.
- APN NEWSDESK