Six Restricted Areas declared for horse flu in NSW
NSW Dept of Primary Industries
Chief Veterinary Officer Bruce Christie said on Tuesday horse owners require permits to move horses, horse vehicles and equipment within Restricted Areas declared for Equine Influenza in NSW.
“There are now six key Restricted Areas in NSW – three around the Sydney area and others near Parkes in the Central West, Berry (near Nowra) on the south coast, Moonbi (near Tamworth) in the north west,” he said.
The requirements in these areas are more stringent than elsewhere in the State.
There is a standstill on all horse movements across the whole State but within the Restricted Areas there is ALSO a requirement for a permit to move horses, horse vehicles and equipment. The standstill also applies to mules, donkeys and other animals in the horse family.
“Permits will only be issued after stringent risk assessments have been conducted,” he said
Mr Christie said horse owners need to know whether their property is in a NSW restricted area.
The exact locations of the Restricted Areas for Equine Influenza in NSW a
• The Local Government Areas in north west Sydney administered by Councils at Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Fairfield, Gosford, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Penrith and Wyong
• The Local Government Areas around Centennial Park including Sydney, Woollahra, Randwick, Waverly, Botany Bay, Leichhardt, Marrickville, and the eastern parts of Canterbury, Ashfield, Rockdale and Canada Bay.
• within 10km radius of Mount Hunter
• within 10km radius of Parkes Showground
• within 10km radius of Broughton Village (via Berry)
• within 10km radius of Moonbi
“Maps and location information can be found on the website www.dpi.nsw.gov/equine-influenza
or you can call the hotline on 1800 675 888,” he said.
“If you are not sure whether you are in the area but would like to know contact 1800 675 888.”
Mr Christie said stamping out this disease can only be achieved by isolating affected animals and implementing strong movement controls, especially close to affected properties.
“The virus can be carried on vehicles and equipment.”
“So permits for movement of horses, horse vehicles and equipment for the Restricted Areas will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. In such cases people can call the Local Disease Control Centre at Menangle for movement permits on (02) 4640 6567 or (02) 4640 6577,” he said.
“I appeal to all horse owners as well as workers in the industry to do the right thing and abide by these rules in difficult times,” he said.
“The message for horse owners everywhere is to report any flu-like symptoms in your horse to your local private veterinarian and contact the veterinary investigations section on 4640 6561.”
People and other animals can move freely anywhere in the State, except across official quarantine lines around the infected properties.
Additional Restricted Areas are likely to be announced shortly.
NSW Equine Influenza Hotline 1800 675 888
Media Unit (02) 6391 3452
Veterinary investigations (02) 4640 6561