Horse moving controls easing, says chief vet
By Sue Clohesy
RESIDENTS applying for permits to move their horses can now expect a response from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) within a week with changes starting today.
Many residents told The Queensland Times they were applying for permits online and had not heard from the DPI, and their horses had to stay home.
But, Queensland's chief vet Ron Glanville said all that should change as Queensland continued to win the war against equine flu (EI).
"The changes to restriction areas today will free up our permit staff as areas needing permits lessen," Dr Glanville said.
"It will definitely make a difference and those applying for permits should expect a response within a week."
Dr Glanville said it had been hard for the department because of the high number of applications handled, and with many not filled out correctly.
"It is an area with a huge amount of public inquiry and the earlier people apply the better," he said.
For the first time since the EI outbreak in Queensland, the DPI is today loosening restrictions, creating new amber zones for some areas that were red zones.
Ipswich and surrounding areas will continue as part of the red zone as hundreds of properties are still infected with the horse flu.
However, horse movement restrictions will be eased in Ipswich, with the DPI stating permits would still be required. However, additional low-risk movements may now be allowed.
Horse owners in the red zone wanting to attend an event in the same zone, should now be able to do so with permission. For full details go to www.dpi.qld.gov.au.