Tighter rules on farm trespassing

NEW measures have been put in place to better protect NSW farms from trespass and surveillance.

Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said illegal entry onto farms presents a major biosecurity risk to the $12 billion primary industries sector.

"Our intensive farms are highly susceptible to pests and diseases - only last year an outbreak of avian influenza on two properties near Young led to the destruction of close to half a million layer hens," Ms Hodgkinson said.

"So when people enter farms ... the risk of introducing and spreading disease increases - potentially putting at risk the welfare of animals and the industries that underpin regional economies.

"Break and enter is a crime and NSW residents have the right to be protected against unauthorised persons sneaking around their home, their shed or their backyard.

"The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has been working alongside our farmers, the police and RSPCA NSW to develop a comprehensive cross-agency policy to address the issue of farm trespass."

Ms Hodgkinson said this policy will put in place essential guidelines and strong penalties to better protect our farmers and the welfare of animals.



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