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  • West Australian Horse Council
    you We represent the non racing horse industry in WA We can put you in touch with other groups or individuals with similar concerns and can provide important information or take up issue on your behalf at local and state government A WA Horse Emergency website database has been established to notify all horse owners in the event of an emergency affecting horses in Western Australia For information on how to register go to Communications Database Objectives While these are many and varied basically the purpose of the Council is to unite the WA Equine Industry including sport and recreation to give it a strong voice in all matters that affect horses and their owners It is particularly relevant when local and state government enact regulations or legislation that impacts on horses and their owners Individuals organisations or businesses are generally unable to influence decisions adverse or favourable on their own This is the purpose and potential of a pro active united Equine Industry and we invite your participation How can you support the WA Horse Council It s very easy Become an individual member and ensure your club association also joins The strength of any group is in the

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  • West Australian Horse Council
    MEMBER FUNDING Work in Progress

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  • West Australian Horse Council
    RESEARCH

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  • West Australian Horse Council
    organisations which have worked with the department to produce best practice biosecurity guidelines for Western Australia The biosecurity guidelines in this manual will help industry to minimise the spread of an infectious disease or an emergency disease and thereby reduce its damaging impacts or even prevent the introduction of a disease Mr Delane said The current outbreaks of Hendra virus in Queensland and NSW have reminded all horse industry members of the impacts of emergency horse diseases and of the importance in implementing effective biosecurity measures These guidelines will assist industry to adopt best practice principles to improve the overall standard of horse health and infection control on individual properties and within stables I congratulate Racing and Wagering Western Australia Equestrian Western Australia and the WA Horse Council for their active development of these guidelines The development of these guidelines will also assist industry to meet their obligations under the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement EADRA signed in March this year Copies of the package have been mailed to WA horse organisation members Additional copies are available from the department and WA horse organisations or electronically at www agric wa gov au Photo Top right Minister for Racing and Gaming

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  • West Australian Horse Council
    that notice a reasonable opportunity to be heard by or to make representations in writing to the Association in the general meeting and b the member who gave that notice is not suspended or does not cease to be a member unless and until the decision of the Committee to suspend or expel him or her is confirmed under this sub rule Committee of Management 10 1 Subject to sub rule 9 the affairs of the Association will be managed exclusively by a Committee of Management consisting of a a Chairperson b a Vice Chairperson c a Secretary d a Treasurer and e not less than 6 six other persons all of whom must be members of the Association 2 Committee members must be elected to membership of the Committee at an annual general meeting or appointed under sub rule 8 3 Subject to sub rule 8 a Committee member s term will be from his or her election at an annual general meeting until the election referred to in sub rule 2 at the next annual general meeting after his or her election but he or she is eligible for re election to membership of the Committee 4 Except for nominees under sub rule 7 a person is not eligible for election to membership of the Committee unless a member has nominated him or her for election by delivering notice in writing of that nomination signed by a the nominator and b the nominee to signify his or her willingness to stand for election to the Secretary not less than 7 days before the day on which the annual general meeting concerned is to be held 5 A person who is eligible for election or re election under this rule may a propose or second himself or herself for election or re election and b vote for himself or herself 6 If the number of persons nominated in accordance with sub rule 4 for election to membership of the Committee does not exceed the number of vacancies in that membership to be filled a the Secretary must report accordingly to and b the Chairperson must declare those persons to be duly elected as members of the Committee at the annual general meeting concerned 7 If vacancies remain on the Committee after the declaration under sub rule 6 additional nominations of Committee members may be accepted from the floor of the annual general meeting If such nominations from the floor do not exceed the number of vacancies the Chairperson must declare those persons to be duly elected as members of Committee Where the number of nominations from the floor exceeds the remaining number of vacancies on the Committee elections for those positions must be conducted 8 If a vacancy remains on the Committee after the application of sub rule 7 or when a casual vacancy within the meaning of rule 14 occurs in the membership of the Committee a the Committee may appoint a member to fill that vacancy and b a member appointed under this sub rule will i hold office until the election referred to in sub rule 2 and ii be eligible for election to membership of the Committee at the next following annual general meeting 9 The Committee may delegate in writing to one to more sub committees consisting of such member or members of the association as the Committee thinks fit the exercise of such functions of the Committee as are specified in the delegation other than the power of delegation and a function which is a duty imposed on the Committee by the Act or any other law 10 Any delegation under sub rule 9 may be subject to such conditions and limitations as to the exercise of that function or as to time and circumstances as are specified in the written delegation and the Committee may continue to exercise any function delegated 11 The Committee may in writing revoke wholly or in part any delegation under sub rule 9 Chairperson and Vice Chairperson 11 1 Subject to this rule the Chairperson must preside at all general meetings and Committee meetings 2 In the event of the absence from a general meeting of a the Chairperson the Vice Chairperson or b both the Chairperson and the Vice Chairperson a member elected by the other members present at the general meeting must preside at the general meeting 3 In the event of the absence from a Committee meeting of a the Chairperson the Vice Chairperson or b both the Chairperson and the Vice Chairperson a Committee member elected by the other Committee members present at the Committee meeting must preside at the Committee meeting Secretary 12 The Secretary must a co ordinate the correspondence of the Association b keep full and correct minutes of the proceedings of the Committee and of the Association c comply on behalf of the Association with i section 27 of the Act with respect to the register of members of the Association as referred to in rule 6 ii section 28 of the Act by keeping and maintaining in an up to date condition the rules of the Association and upon the request of a member of the Association must make available those rules for the inspection of the member and the member may make a copy of or take an extract from the rules but will have no right to remove the rules for that purpose and iii section 29 of the Act by maintaining a record of A the names and residential or postal addresses of the persons who hold the offices of the Association provided for by these rules including all offices held by the persons who constitute the Committee and persons who are authorised to use the common seal of the Association under rule 22 and B the names and residential or postal addresses of any persons who are appointed or act as trustees on behalf of the Association and the Secretary must upon the request of a member of the Association make available the record for the inspection of the member and the member may make a copy of or take an extract from the record but will have no right to remove the record for that purpose d unless the members resolve otherwise at a general meeting have custody of all books documents records and registers of the Association including those referred to in paragraph c but other than those required by rule 13 to be kept and maintained by or in the custody of the Treasurer and e perform such other duties as are imposed by these rules on the Secretary Treasurer 13 The Treasurer must be responsible for the receipt of all moneys paid to or received by or by him or her on behalf of the Association and must issue receipts for those moneys in the name of the Association pay all moneys referred to in paragraph a into such account or accounts of the Association as the Committee may from time to time direct make payments from the funds of the Association with the authority of a general meeting or of the Committee and in so doing ensure that all cheques are signed by himself or herself and at least one other authorised Committee member or by any two others as are authorised by the Committee comply on behalf of the Association with sections 25 and 26 of the Act with respect to the accounting records of the Association by i keeping such accounting records as correctly record and explain the financial transactions and financial position of the Association ii keeping its accounting records in such manner as will enable true and fair accounts of the Association to be prepared from time to time iii keeping its accounting records in such manner as will enable true and fair accounts of the Association to be kept in a manner that can be easily audited and iv submitting to members at each annual general meeting of the Association accounts of the Association showing the financial position of the Association at the end of the immediately preceding financial year whenever directed to do so by the Chairperson submit to the Committee a report balance sheet or financial statement in accordance with that direction unless the members resolve otherwise at a general meeting have custody of all securities books and documents of a financial nature and accounting records of the Association including those referred to in paragraphs d and e and g perform such other duties as are imposed by these rules on the Treasurer Casual vacancies in membership of Committee 14 A casual vacancy occurs in the office of a Committee member and that office becomes vacant if the Committee member a dies b resigns by notice in writing delivered to the Chairperson or if the Committee member is the Chairperson to the Vice Chairperson and that resignation is accepted by resolution of the Committee c is convicted of an offence under the Act d is permanently incapacitated by mental or physical ill health e is absent from more than i 3 consecutive Committee meetings or ii 3 Committee meetings in the same financial year without tendering an apology to the person presiding at each of those Committee meetings of which meetings the member received notice and the Committee has resolved to declare the office vacant f ceases to be a member of the Association or g is the subject of a resolution passed by a general meeting of members terminating his or her appointment as a Committee member Proceedings of Committee 15 1 The Committee must meet together for the dispatch of business not less than 10 times in each year and the Chairperson or at least half the members of the Committee may at any time convene a meeting of the Committee 2 Each Committee member has a deliberative vote 3 A question arising at a Committee meeting must be decided by a majority of votes but if there no majority the person presiding at the Committee meeting will have a casting vote in addition to his or her deliberative vote 4 At a Committee meeting 50 1 Committee members constitute a quorum 5 Subject to these rules the procedure and order of business to be followed at a Committee meeting must be determined by the Committee members present at the Committee meeting 6 As required under sections 21 and 22 of the Act a Committee member having any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in a contract or proposed contract made by or in the contemplation of the Committee except if that pecuniary interest exists only by virtue of the fact that the member of the Committee is a member of a class of persons for whose benefit the Association is established must as soon as he or she becomes aware of that interest disclose the nature and extent of his or her interest to the Committee and not take part in any deliberations or decision of the Committee with respect to that contract 7 Sub rule 6 a does not apply with respect to a pecuniary interest that exists only by virtue of the fact that the member of the Committee is an employee of the Association 8 The Secretary must cause every disclosure made under sub rule 6 a by a member of the Committee to be recorded in the minutes of the meeting of the Committee at which it is made General meetings 16 1 The Committee a may at any time convene a special general meeting b must convene annual general meetings within the time limits provided for the holding of such meetings by section 23 of the Act that is in every calendar year within 4 months after the end of the Association s financial year or such longer period as may in a particular case be allowed by the Commissioner except for the first annual general meeting which may be held at any time within 18 months after incorporation and c must within 30 days of i receiving a request in writing to do so from not less than Ten 10 members convene a special general meeting for the purpose specified in that request or ii the Secretary receiving a notice under rule 9 4 convene a general meeting to deal with the appeal to which that notice relates d must after receiving a notice under rule 5 4 convene a general meeting no later than the next annual general meeting at which the appeal referred to in the notice will be dealt with Failing that the applicant is entitled to address the Association at that next annual general meeting in relation to the Committee s rejection of his or her application and the Association at that meeting must confirm or set aside the decision of the Committee 2 The members making a request referred to in sub rule 1 c i must a state in that request the purpose for which the special general meeting concerned is required and b sign that request 3 If a special general meeting is not convened within the relevant period of 30 days referred to a in sub rule 1 c i the members who made the request concerned may themselves convene a special general meeting as if they were the Committee or b in sub rule 1 c ii the member who gave the notice concerned may him or herself convene a special general meeting as if he or she were the Committee 4 When a special general meeting is convened under sub rule 3 a or b the Association must pay the reasonable expenses of convening and holding the special general meeting 5 Subject to sub rule 7 the Secretary must give to all members not less than 14 days notice of a special general meeting and that notice must specify a when and where the general meeting concerned is to be held and b particulars of the business to be transacted at the general meeting concerned and of the order in which that business is to be transacted 6 Subject to sub rule 7 the Secretary must give to all members not less than 21 days notice of an annual general meeting and that notice must specify a when and where the annual general meeting is to be held b the particulars and order in which business is to be transacted as follows i first the consideration of the accounts and reports of the Committee ii second the election of Committee members to replace outgoing Committee members and iii third any other business requiring consideration by the Association at the general meeting 7 A special resolution may be moved either at a special general meeting or at an annual general meeting however the Secretary must give to all members not less than 21 days notice of the meeting at which a special resolution is to be proposed In addition to those matters specified in sub rule 5 or 6 as relevant the notice must also include the resolution to be proposed and the intention to propose the resolution as a special resolution 8 The Secretary must give a notice under sub rule 5 6 or 7 by a serving it on a member personally or b sending it by post to a member at the address of the member appearing in the register of members kept and maintained under rule 6 9 When a notice is sent by post under sub rule 8 b sending of the notice will be deemed to be properly effected if the notice is sufficiently addressed and posted to the member concerned by ordinary prepaid mail Quorum and proceedings at general meetings 17 1 At a general meeting Twenty 20 members present in person constitute a quorum 2 If within 30 minutes after the time specified for the holding of a general meeting in a notice given under rule 16 5 or 6 a as a result of a request or notice referred to in rule 16 1 c or as a result of action taken under rule 16 3 a quorum is not present the general meeting lapses or b otherwise than as a result of a request notice or action referred to in paragraph a the general meeting stands adjourned to the same time on the same day in the following week and to the same venue 3 If within 30 minutes of the time appointed by sub rule 2 b for the resumption of an adjourned general meeting a quorum is not present the members who are present in person or by proxy may nevertheless proceed with the business of that general meeting as if a quorum were present 4 The Chairperson may with the consent of a general meeting at which a quorum is present and must if so directed by such a general meeting adjourn that general meeting from time to time and from place to place 5 There must not be transacted at an adjourned general meeting any business other than business left unfinished or on the agenda at the time when the general meeting was adjourned 6 When a general meeting is adjourned for a period of 30 days or more the Secretary must give notice under rule 16 of the adjourned general meeting as if that general meeting were a fresh general meeting 7 At a general meeting a an ordinary resolution put to the vote will be decided by a majority of votes cast on a show of hands subject to sub rule 9 and b a special resolution put to the vote will be decided in accordance with section 24 of the Act as defined in rule 2 and if a poll is demanded in accordance with sub rules 9 and 11 8 A declaration by the Chairperson of a general meeting that a resolution has been passed as an ordinary resolution at the meeting will be evidence of that

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  • West Australian Horse Council
    by Racing and Wagering Western Australia in the harness racing section as the Assistant Manager Harness Westbred where his role includes the preparation distribution and internet uploading of media releases and news relating to harness racing Alan has been a member of the WA Horse Council for a number of years and served a period as Chairman in the 1990 s before a family tragedy forced him to resign He rejoined the Council in 2007 following the outbreak of Equine Influenza allowing a closer liaison between the racing sector of the horse industry and the broader equestrian community A renowned pacing historian Alan wrote The Village Kid Story with Bill Horn and he is also on the Selection Panel for this year s The West Australian Racing Industry Hall of Fame Alan s internet expertise has been of assistance to the Council in the development of the WA Horse Emergency website and database which will be used should the horse industry ever suffer another outbreak of equine influenza or similar disease or disaster Sandy Hannan The introduction of GST and the impact it would have on the horse community was the catalyst that bought Sandy onto the WAHC in July 2000 Her involvement with horses has touched on many aspects within the industry including Thoroughbred racing Appaloosa breeding polocrosse showing western and dressage An equestrian photographer and editor of Hoofbeats magazine Sandy currently holds the position of Publicity Officer on the Council Robert Hawes While not a rider Robert has some experience of horse ownership and being allowed to fund the horse operation drive home from events be involved when there is a problem and being chief gofor He has had an active involvement with show ring activities since 1967 including one and three day horse trials with an involvement

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  • West Australian Horse Council
    Developed a petition with 3000 signatures calling for a statewide ban on the Aerial Culling of all equines including donkeys Organised a very successful Appeal for Victorian Horse Owners affected by the Bushfires Have been invited to be part of the Trails Grants Program Assessment Panel for the Dept of Sport and Recreation Are representing the non racing equestrian horse industry and combining with DAFWA EWA and RWWA in developing Horse Alert W A an operational plan for the management of horse disease emergencies Have been invited to be part of the Animal Emergency Group which rescues pets and horses in peri urban and rural shires Are developing a WA Register of Equine emergency properties throughout the state where horses can be moved to in the event of a bushfire Are developing a hot weather policy for sporting events which will be placed on our website Supporting the Kelmscott Pony Club and others in their efforts to maintain their grounds after the City of Armadale announced possible development of the Public Open Space occupied by these clubs Held a number of free Horse Land Water free Field Days covering Best Land Management Practices Supported the WA Horsemans Pony Club successful efforts to maintain their lease of the Whiteman Park grounds Started a weekly equestrian radio show Talking Horses on 91 3SportFM 2008 Are representing the Horse Industry on the Department of Sport Recreation Adventure Activity Standards Project Phase 111 Chaired and coordinated an Awareness Program for event organizers and stewards with representatives from the EFA and RWWA Received a letter from the Minister the Hon Lilijana Ravlich congratulating the Council on their achievements in developing biosecurity procedures producing a contingency plan for Event Organisers and also for the support they provide to the horse industry and wider community Are a member of the WA Equine Information Consultative Group WAEICG At the request of WA Equine Information Consultative Group developed an integrated database and website for key industry stakeholders and industry service providers to support the development of an Emergency Communication Process system to be used in the event of an equine emergency the database has over 10 000 contacts www wahorseemergency com au Are the only Horse Organisation on the Department of Sport and Recreation committee who are setting guidelines for the assessment and accreditation criteria to accredit trails Was asked by DAFWA to comment and give support on the proposed review of Conditions of movement to WA in relation to Liver Fluke Assisting the Department of Sport Recreation by surveying the horse industry to list the Top 10 Trails Are developing programs on WA Environmental Best Practices for the Australian Government approved Horses Land Water project for the Swan Catchment Council Have representation on the Australian Horse Industry Council Industry Advisory Group Have supported and made a submission on behalf of the Horse Industry protesting the Kwinana Shire s proposed introduction of an Inspection Fee for Equine Premises At the Dept of Agriculture and Food WA DAFFWA request the

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  • West Australian Horse Council
    said BACK TO TOP OF PAGE GILLARD GOVERNMENT HELPING IN RESPONSE TO HENDRA July 26 7 11 The Gillard Government has today announced it will be providing up to 6 million as part of the fight against Hendra The Gillard Government understands there are community concerns around Hendra caused by recent developments in Queensland and Northern New South Wales The 6 million in committed funds will be used to better understand the virus through enhanced research Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry Senator Joe Ludwig said the funding would be used to boost research into issues raised by the recent identified cases of the Hendra virus This funding will go towards better understanding the virus in terms of its impact on Human health Animal health and Environmental biodiversity The nation s leading medical research body the National Health and Medical Research Council is allocating up to 3 million for urgent research to better understand and fight the Hendra Virus A further 3 million will be provided for Hendra virus research and impacts as part of a collaborative contribution across Government from the Agriculture Innovation and Environment portfolios The research will examine the biology of the virus and will give governments and the authorities a clearer idea of the virus its movements how to combat it and how to manage it better Although the risk to human health from recent identified cases has been considered low it is still important to better understand this virus This initiative is on top of work being done by Australia s premier science agency the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation The CSIRO is devoting around 6 million this year to Hendra related research including work on improved diagnostic tests disease pathogenesis and the development of a Hendra vaccine for horses Additionally the CSIRO conducts emergency diagnostic testing for Hendra and other animal diseases at its Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong Victoria The Government s funding will complement contributions of 3 million over three years from each of the New South Wales and Queensland Governments The Gillard Government through the Agriculture Health Environment and Innovation departments will continue to work closely with the Hendra Virus Taskforce on this prioritised research Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry Senator for Queensland THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Acting Minister for Health and Ageing BACK TO TOP OF PAGE FOURTH HORSE DEATH CONFIRMED TO HENDRA ON THE NSW COAST July 17th 2011 The NSW Department of Primary Industries DPI has confirmed Hendra virus as the cause of a fourth horse death on the NSW North Coast this time at a property near Lismore One property has been placed in quarantine and the dead horse has been buried NSW Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Ian Roth said There is one other horse on the quarantined property which is currently showing no signs of illness Dr Roth said the horse was reported as dying suddenly in the paddock on Thursday and a local Livestock Health and Pest Authority LHPA veterinarian took a blood sample from the horse on Thursday evening The sample was sent to DPI s Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute for laboratory analysis and results confirmed the Hendra virus last night Dr Roth said Horse movements on and off the property are being checked by veterinary staff The Lismore area property was the third in NSW affected by Hendra virus after properties at Wollongbar and Macksville were quarantined earlier in the month In NSW there are now four horse deaths to Hendra virus two on one property near Wollongbar and single horse deaths on properties near Macksville and Lismore Dr Roth said there were no links to the Wollongbar or Macksville properties or the recent Hendra outbreaks in Queensland Once again the horse had been in a paddock containing a fig tree so it is likely that flying foxes were the source of infection he said Hendra virus can spread from flying foxes to horses and rarely from horses to people Mr Roth said Hendra virus can cause a range of clinical signs in horses Hendra should be considered in horses where there is acute onset of fever and rapid progression to death associated with either respiratory or nervous signs If you suspect your horse has Hendra virus keep away from the horse and call your private veterinarian immediately The vet will notify the local Livestock Health and Pest Authority or an inspector with DPI if they consider the case highly suspect for Hendra If they are unavailable and the illness is progressing rapidly call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 We encourage all horse owners to be vigilant and monitor the health of the horse and only take a healthy horse off their property The best solution at the moment is to try to keep horses protected from flying foxes Dr Roth said there has been no evidence of human to human or flying fox to human spread of Hendra virus NSW DPI advises horse owners to take precautions in areas with flying foxes to reduce the risk of their horses becoming infected Place feed and water containers under cover Do not place feed and water under trees especially trees with fruit Do not use feed that could attract flying foxes such as apples carrots or molasses If possible remove horses from paddocks where flowering trees have temporarily attracted flying foxes If removing horses is not possible take horses out during times of peak flying fox activity usually at dusk and during the night More information on Hendra virus is available on website www agriculture nsw gov au info hendra NSW Health advises people to always take the following steps to reduce the risk of becoming infected with Hendra virus Cover any cuts or abrasions on exposed skin before handling horses and wash your hands well with soap and water especially after handling your horse s mouth or nose eg fitting or removing a bridle and before eating smoking or touching your eyes nose or mouth Don t kiss horses on the muzzle especially not if the horse is sick Use personal protective equipment to protect yourself from the body fluids of horses NSW Health Hendra virus Factsheet can be on the NSW Health website http www health nsw gov au factsheets infectious hendra html BACK TO TOP OF PAGE NEW CASE HENDRA VIRUS IN Mt ALFORD SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND July 3rd 2011 Biosecurity Queensland is today managing a second confirmed case of Hendra virus at Mt Alford in the Boonah area A horse became sick on 1 July 2011 and samples from this horse were sent to Biosecurity Queensland for testing The horse was later euthanased by a private veterinarian Test results overnight have confirmed the horse had Hendra virus infection Previously a horse on the property was sick on 20 June 2011 and was later euthanased by a private veterinarian Samples collected at the time will be tested for Hendra virus There are eight horses currently on the property that are being monitored closely and will be tested The property has been quarantined to restrict the movement of horses on and off There are no links between the horses or the property in this incident and the current incidents at Beaudesert and in New South Wales Hendra virus in Beaudesert A third property has been quarantined as part of the Beaudesert incident This is a precautionary measure after tracing of horses on the original infected property at Kerry showed possible contact with a horse at the third property The first rounds of test results on the 20 horses at the second Beaudesert property at Biddaddaba have come back negative This is the first of three rounds of testing required to clear the property Information about Hendra virus Biosecurity Queensland assesses each emergency disease incident independently The Equine Influenza incident in 2007 08 required a lockdown of affected areas in Queensland due to its highly infectious nature As Hendra virus is not a highly infectious virus there are no lockdown restrictions for the Queensland horse industry The horse industry is not subject to movement restrictions for Hendra virus except for the four properties under quarantine three in the Beaudesert area and one in the Boonah area Community Engagement Community engagement officers will be in Beaudesert and Boonah over the weekend providing information and answering any questions residents may have on their situation To find where the mobile office will be located visit the Biosecurity Queensland website More information Notify suspected Hendra virus cases by contacting Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 during business hours or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 24 hour hotline For general information on Hendra virus visit the Biosecurity Queensland website at www biosecurity qld gov au For human related enquiries contact the Queensland Health Hotline on 13HEALTH 13 43 25 84 Dr Rick Symons Chief Veterinary Officer Biosecurity Queen sland BACK TO TOP OF PAGE Hendra virus horse tests first round results negative July 2nd 2011 Test results from samples taken from five horses on a property at Kerry near Beaudesert have come back negative for Hendra virus Biosecurity Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Rick Symons said while the results were promising these were just the first of three rounds of testing These results were for the five horses on the property where a horse became infected with Hendra virus Dr Symons said Yesterday samples were taken from all twenty horses on the second property at Biddaddaba where the infected horse was transported and later died and the results are expected back in the next couple of days All of the horses on both properties are under observation by Biosecurity Queensland staff in conjunction with the horse owners However we need to complete three negative rounds of testing on a property before the quarantine can be lifted Typically this takes around 32 days All neighbours of the infected properties have been visited by Biosecurity Queensland and Queensland Health who provided information about the incident and discussed Hendra virus Dr Symons said people in the Beaudesert area could obtain information about Hendra virus from the Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation s mobile office The office is at 29 31 William Street and will be open from 9am until 4pm There are a number of horse owners in the area and more than 50 people visited the mobile office yesterday The main queries were around the transport of horses and specifics about the virus itself In relation to transport apart from animals on the two affected properties horses can be freely moved within and outside of the Beaudesert area As for Hendra virus it is present in flying fox populations which can be transferred to horses between horses and from horses to humans However the risk of horses being infected and in turn humans is very low The few cases of Hendra virus infection in humans have been the result of very close contact with an infected horse s body fluids such as blood nasal discharge saliva or urine There is no evidence of human to human or flying fox to human spread of Hendra virus Dr Symons said there were precautions horse owners could take to help prevent Hendra virus infection Owners can help protect their horses by taking measures to keep them away from trees where there are flying foxes keeping water containers under cover and feeding horses under cover For more information about Hendra virus visit www biosecurity qld gov au or call 13 25 23 BACK TO TOP OF PAGE N EW HENDRA CASE June 29th 2011 On Saturday a private vet attended a sick horse on a property which was moved to a nearby second property where it died on Sunday Biosecurity Queensland began implementing control procedures after blood samples taken from the horse came back positive last night Other horses on the properties are currently being quarantined and Biosecurity Queensland staff are on site today to provide residents in the area with the latest information about Hendra virus At this stage it is not clear whether any human is at risk Doctors from Queensland Health s Gold Coast Public Health Unit will offer any testing or treatment to people as required This is the 15th known incident of Hendra virus since it was first detected in 1994 The Qld Horse Council stresses the need to be aware that Hendra virus can occur wherever there are flying foxes and horses and because of the large area that flying foxes travel over can occur across a large proportion of the state For information about how you can reduce the risks to yourself and theirr horse please read our fact sheets Bats Trees http www horsecouncil org au Upload Files Bats 20and 20Trees pdf Hendra Property Design http www horsecouncil org au Upload Files Hendra 20Property 20Design pdf Hendra Virus Reducing the Risk http www horsecouncil org au Upload Files Hendra 20Reducing 20the 20Risk pdf BACK TO TOP OF PAGE Three cases of KULIN VIRUS MOSQUITO BORNE DISEAS E found in WA 20th May 2011 Kunjin virus confirmed as cause of neurological disease in three WA horses The Department of Agriculture and Food s Animal Health Laboratories have confirmed three recent cases of neurological disease in horses in Western Australia were caused by Kunjin virus which is spread by infected mosquitoes Acting Chief Veterinary Officer Peter Morcombe said the affected horses were from areas north and east of Perth and in the Goldfields He said Kunjin virus was commonly found in mosquitoes in the Kimberley and the Pilbara and it was unusual to find horses affected by the virus outside of these areas At this stage the department does not expect to see many more cases of affected horses as mosquito numbers should decline with cooler weather Dr Morcombe said Only a very small number of horses develop signs after infection with Kunjin virus However horse owners are advised to watch for signs of neurological disease in their horses such as stopping eating depression lethargy a stiff gait lack of coordination and falling over Horses with Kunjin disease are not contagious to people other horses or other animals however horse owners should contact their private veterinarian or district veterinary officer from the Department immediately if their horse shows neurological signs Veterinarians can advise on diagnosis protective clothing and other issues related to neurological diseases in horses Horse handlers and veterinarians are always advised to wear personal protective equipment whenever handling horses with neurological signs Dr Morcombe also recommended that horse owners reduce their horses exposure to mosquitoes where possible Eliminating mosquito breeding sites trapping housing horses between dusk and dawn turning off lights inside stables using fluorescent lights screening stable windows fogging and using fans and automatic overhead misting systems will all reduce the chance of mosquitoes biting your horses and subsequent infection Dr Morcombe said Registered insect repellents rugs hoods and mesh fly veils with ear covers and fly boots are also recommended Dr Morcombe said the neurological signs in the WA cases were similar to those seen this year in eastern Australia which have been attributed to Murray Valley Encephalitis and Kunjin virus following flooding and increased mosquito activity in those areas For more information on neurological disease in horses contact the department s Animal Health Laboratories on 9368 3351 BACK TO TOP OF PAGE MOSQUITO BORNE DISEASE UNUSUAL NEUROLOGICAL SIGNS 3RD APRIL 2011 Growing number of horses struck down by unusual illness The AVA are warning horse owners to take precautions against mosquito borne disease as Veterinarians report a growing number of horses with unusual neurological signs in New South Wales Victoria and South Australia These cases are still under investigation however they may result from infection with a mosquito borne virus in the Kunjin West Nile group said Dr Christine Smith President Elect of the Equine Veterinary Association Clinical signs may include depression and mild colic These may also include the onset of neurological signs including increased responsiveness to touch and sound facial paralysis and difficulty masticating hypermetria in forelimbs and weakness in hindquarters general ataxia and or recumbency Most of the horses involved appear to be recovering slowly however there have also been reports a few deaths said Dr Smith The NSW Department of Industry and Investment requests bloods samples serum and heparin be submitted to the relevant laboratory and follow up blood samples at 7 days and 3 weeks after the onset of clinical signs All of the horses tested by the NSW Department of Industry and Investment thus far have been negative for Hendra virus however veterinarians should follow PPE protocols when examining sick animals There are a range of products available including fly veils and registered chemical treatments to help protect horses from insect bites It is also advisable to trying to keep horses inside during dawn and dusk to help reduce their exposure to mosquitoes If a horse is exhibiting these clinical signs the owner should consult a veterinarian immediately The Australian Veterinary Association AVA is the national professional association of veterinary surgeons in Australia BACK TO TOP OF PAGE STATE TRAILS CONFERENCE 1ST APRIL 2011 The 2011 State Trails Conference is being held on the 1st April in Perth The conference is run by the Department of Environment and Conservation and the Department of Sport and Recreation and is attended by people interested in walking and bike riding trails This year ATHRA WA will make a short presentation about multi purpose trails specifically with horse access It is important that as many horse people attend and show your interest in horse access Please contact Steve bennett dsr wa gov au Following the trails conference there will be an informal Special Horse Access Sundowner Meetin g at the Como Hotel on Canning Highway at 6pm for all people interested in horse access issues ATHRA WA has been working in partnership with Department of Environment and Conservation Visitor Services to draft a WA Horse Trail Strategy Anna Sheehan on 0412 926 932 or email aasheehan iinet net au BACK TO TOP OF PAGE NATIONAL HORSE ORGANISATIONS WELCOME AGREEMENT In a joint statement representatives of four national horse organisations today welcomed news that agreement had been reached that will enable them to formally sign the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement EADRA in early March The four bodies to sign the EADRA on behalf of the racing performance and recreation sectors are Australian Racing Board Harness Racing Australia Australian Horse Industry Council Equestrian Australia A meeting of all Australian governments and major livestock industries last week agreed that the horse industry should be admitted to the EADRA providing greater certainty inrapidly mounting a response to a future exotic disease affecting horses Under this agreement the Commonwealth Government is committed to underwrite industry s share of the costs of an emergency response enabling swift and effective action to control and eradicate a disease threat After extensive consultation coordinated by Animal Health Australia during the past 12 months organisations representing a clear majority of horse owners have reached agreement about an acceptable funding mechanism to meet industry s share of the costs of an emergency response Under this arrangement a levy will only be imposed after an actual disease emergency when the response is finished The leaders of the four national horse bodies have warmly welcomed the endorsement of all signatories to the EADRA This has been a long journey but we are delighted that the final goal is now in sight This historic and unprecedented agreement does demonstrate how important the health and welfare of their animals are to all horse owners The 2007 equine influenza outbreak showed how an exotic disease incursion can have widespread consequences for all sectors of the horse industry This agreement is an important step in providing a greater level of protection and certainty for all horses and their owners The CEO of Animal Health Australia Dr Mike Bond acknowledged the outstanding efforts of the four horse industry organisations together with many representatives of the key recreational sectors to reach this point of consensus The Australian horse owning community is very diverse and communications are often difficult especially at a grass roots level Many people in dozens of organisations have worked hard to ensure that there was effective consultation with their members This was a crucial part of the submission that was made to the Commonwealth Government on behalf of industry by Animal Health Australia The formal agreement is expected to be signed in March in a ceremony at Parliament House Canberra CONTACTS Australian Racing Board Andrew Harding 02 9551 7700 Mobile 0417 043 233 Harness Racing Australia Andrew Kelly 03 9867 8033 Mobile 0488 358 285 Australian Horse Industry Council Roger Lavelle 03 5429 1682 Mobile 0428 996 328 Equestrian Australia Grant Baldock 02 8762 7777 Mobile 0414 307 184 Animal Health Australia Thea McNaught Reynolds 02 6203 3942 Mobile 0411 504 727 BACK TO TOP OF PAGE TAX RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS FLOODS AND BUSHFIRES Feb 2011 Australian Taxation Office Tax Professionals To BRIDIE CONROY Client ID 6780001 11 February 2011 Extra time to lodge for those affected by natural disaster We will give all individuals and businesses affected by natural disasters in Queensland New South Wales Victoria and Western Australia including those affected by the recent bushfires in Western Australia additional time for tax related lodgments and some associated payments Those in the affected postcodes will automatically have the following deferrals applied to their lodgment due dates if the lodgments have not yet been received 21 March 2011 for December 2010 and January 2011 monthly activity statements including those businesses who have previously received an automatic natural disaster related deferral for their December 2010 monthly activity statement if they still reside within the affected postcodes 28 March 2011 for 2010 11 quarter 2 activity statements this does not apply to large pay as you go withholders 28 March 2011 for any other lodgments including income tax returns originally due on 28 February 2011 The associated payment dates for all lodgments listed above will also be deferred accordingly Lodgment of quarterly superannuation guarantee charge statements has also been automatically deferred from 28 February 2011 to 28 March 2011 Please note we do not have the authority to defer the due date for payment If employers have missed their payments they should contact us You do not need to apply for these deferrals and if later deferrals have already been granted these still apply The update to ATO systems will take some days to complete for each individual or business but it will occur before 21 March If you need further additional time to lodge and pay you will need to contact us Similarly if you or your clients face other lodgment or payment obligations in the coming weeks and you need additional time phone us on 13 72 86 Fast Key Code 5 before any due dates If you have been affected by the natural disasters and receive any correspondence from us that you or your clients are not ready to deal with contact us and we will make special arrangements for you More information Further information is available on our website at www ato gov au Help for registered agents affected by natural disasters by searching 00137941 Refer to Help through difficult times for a list of affected postcodes available by searching 00189316 Refer to Extra time to lodge for individuals and businesses affected by natural disaster for the latest Media Release from Tax Commissioner Michael D Ascenzo announcing this further assistance Annamaria Carey Assistant Commissioner Tax Practitioner and Lodgment Strategy BUSHFIRE ASSISTANCE UPDATE WAHC Final notification 8th February 2011 THE COUNCIL FEELS THAT THERE HAVE BEEN SUFFICIENT OFFERS OF HELP IN THESE UPDATES AND WE WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO EVERYBODY WHO HAS OFFERED ASSISTANCE TO THOSE PEOPLE AND HORSES WHO SUFFERED IN THE BUSHFIRES THIS WILL BE THE FINAL UPDATE HOWEVER ANY FURTHER OFFERS OF ASSISTANCE WILL BE KEPT IN CASE IT BECOMES NECESSARY TO PASS THEM ON IF ANYONE REQUIRES HELP AT A LATER DATE PLEASE CONTACT DIANE BENNIT CHAIR WAHC 92910202 0409083617 FINAL UPDATE Midnight Tuesday 8th February Dolly van Zaane Chittering can take up to 12 horses and has accommodation for several people 95714525 Brigit Bachs Darling Downs one small paddock for 2 horses and can feed hay for the short term also has a double horse float and can pick up if required 0407154739 Tony Sprlyan Mariginup paddock round yard for 2 horses has a float they are happy to take dogs 0408937054 Alison Hume Wanneroo 2 large grassed paddocks would suit up to 15 horses that could be kept together 2 stables 1 yard 0410545104 Janelle 0411755201 Greg Johnson West Swan can take up to 10 horses and float up to 12 whenever required 0418948855 Wendy Reid Mandurah can take 2 horses 95821100 REGISTER ON THE WAHC FREE EMERGENCY DATA BASE THERE ARE REGULAR UPDATES ON ALL WA EMERGENCY OR BIO SECURITY SITUATIONS LOG ON TO WWW WAHORSEEMERGENCY COM AU PREVIOUS UPDATE 9 30am Tuesday 8th February James Berry West Swan up to 6 horses accommodation and a 3 horse float can pick up 0409298092 Louise Atkinson Bullsbrook 2 paddocks yards short term self contained accommodation one room 3 beds kitchen bathroom 95712575 The offer of a house yards and stables is available situated 30 minutes north east of Midland ring the WAHC 92910202 for details PREVIOUS UPDATE 4 30pm Monday 7th February 2011 The WAHC has been requested by the Dept of Emergency Management to provide the WAHC contact details to the Dept of Environment and Conservation who will pass the information on to the FESA Bushfire Communications Centre to give out to people who need assistance Toni Leahy Fripp Kenwick paddock space for 3 to 4 horses 0435690303 Claire Santora Arabians 5 minutes from Armadale on Southwest Highway large paddock all new fencing 0419545476 Sandra Button Mundaring up to 3 horses and a spare double room 95722367 0419947870 Robyn Cottman Henley Brook can accommodate 4 horses has a double horse float and is prepared to transport horses if required 0422808776 Pineview Stables Wanneroo can take up to 10 horses and have 2 double horses floats 0408005378 Carol Mundaring 2 secure bare paddocks available can provide hay short term 92953889 Nic Easton Goosebery Hill double horse float available Wk 94545479 0415183544 PREVIOUS UPDATE 9 30pm Sunday 6th February 6 2011 Janice Keelan at Cardup has accommodation for two people and one horse 95254277 Sharon Joyce in West Swan has yards available 0417964689 Suzi Dickson has a large aviary available for birds and accommodation for pets 0457088980 Kelly Webb Henley Brook up to 10 horses 2 and 3 horse float can pick up if required 0414508420 Cherilyn Wright Bullsbrook 0437679206 PREVIOUS UPDATE SUNDAY 6TH FEBRUARY Alison Logan Academy Equestrian Wanneroo has stables and yards available 0418681529 Tim and Debbie Wright Bullsbrook have already rescued 4 horses they have two floats and are ready to assist in more rescues they also have yards and paddocks available 0418880331 Nikki Brooks Brookleigh Equestrian Estate Brigadoon yards and bunkhouse accommodation available 0412777377 BACK TO TOP OF PAGE IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE WAHC CARNARVON FINANCIAL RELIEF FUND As most people would be aware the Western Australian Horse Council WAHC started a financial relief fund for the Carnarvon Horse Community who had been affected by the recent devastating floods The Carnarvon Horse Community is made up of individual horse owners a Pony Club Adult Riding Club Horseman s Club agistment centres and the Carnarvon Turf Club The Chair of the Group contacted the Council on Friday 14th and said that they felt Queensland s situation was far worse than theirs and they would like any monies collected on their behalf to be forwarded to a similar fund in Queensland The Group also asked the Council to extend their sincere gratitude to all the people who have already donated to the fund and those who have offered agistment equipment and feed They also said that they plan to adopt one of the Queensland Pony Clubs and fund raise for them This generosity from a group of people who have already been seriously disadvantaged themselves is absolutely astonishing and restores your faith in human nature We have contacted the Queensland Horse Council QHC who operate and follow the same guidelines that the WAHC does Their fund is open to the Horse Community in Qld PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE QHC TO APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE As the focus of the fund has now changed from the Carnarvon Horse Community to the Queensland Horse Community anyone wishing to have their donation returned should contact the WAHC The Council feels that it is unnecessary to close the existing account and open one for Qld so donations can continue to be made at any branch of the Westpac Bank the account name is Western Australian Horse Council Inc Carnarvon Horse Community Flood Relief Fund BSB Account No 036032 409825 BACK TO TOP OF PAGE SUSPECTED STRANGLES OUTBREAK WAHC notification 2 17th August 2010 The second update from the Western Australian Horse Council regarding the suspected cases of Strangles in the Wanneroo area The following information was sourced by WA Horse Council committee person Dr Kathy Klein Chair of our Bio security and Horse Welfare Portfolio A veterinarian generally will diagnose a case of strangles based on the classical clinical signs The gold standard to confirm the infection is a bacteriologic culture from either nasal or pharyngeal swabs or pus from the abscesses Another test is a polymerase chain reaction PCR which detects the DNA of Streptococcus equi S Equi Without clinical pathology there can be no confirmation of the bacteria involved and there are other bacteria particularly S Zooepidemicus that can cause very similar clinical signs VetPath Laboratory Services pathologists confirmed today that there has been no indications of an outbreak of S Equi but that since the bacteria is present in the horse population there are occasional cases of S Equi cultured The horses in Wanneroo were not cultured and were diagnosed on clinical signs alone VetPath did not receive any samples from the Vet Practice that attended these horses Dr John Creeper a veterinary pathologist at the Animal Health Laboratory Ag Dept WA confirmed that they have received no samples for post mortem or culture from infected horses They have been answering calls all day today and have advised people to seek veterinary advice if they are concerned about their horses They have no additional information regarding this problem For more information please see http www agric wa gov au objtwr imported assets content pw ah dis ol f10401 pdf F rom the Client Services and Communications Officer Animal Health Laboratories Dept of Agriculture and Food South Perth Dear Kathy The Department has not received formal notification of a Strangles outbreak We are advising people that if they have any concerns about their animal s health to contact their Vet It is not a notifiable disease and is treatable There has been no stock movement order put in place by the department It seems that rumours with the involvement of internet and email have run wild Vicki Hales The WA Horse Council recommends horse owners maintain best practice bio security measures at all times eg washing hands isolate new arrivals from resident horses for at lease 14 days quarantine horses that show signs of illness keep stables clean and disinfected ensure each horse has its own feed and water buckets do not allow a horse to eat other horses feed etc To receive direct notification and ongoing information about any disease or equine emergency register on www wahorseemergency com au this is a free service provided by the WA Horse Council for the horse industry The information supplied for the www wahorseemergency com au database is private and only used for the dissemination of updating the progress of an Emergency Disease Quarantine regulations and Bio security information BACK TO TOP OF PAGE SUSPECTED STRANGLES OUTBREAK WAHC notification 1 August 15th 2010 The Western Australian Horse Council would like to pass on the following information concerning the suspected outbreak of Strangles in the Wanneroo area Strangles is endemic in WA and it is not unusual to see cases from time to time Strangles is rarely fatal Strangles is an upper respiratory tract infection symptoms can include a thick creamy nasal discharge an elevated temperature and lymph nodes under the throat may be enlarged Diagnostic testing in a laboratory to confirm a case of Strangles strep equis may take several days The horses that died recently in Yanchep were not as a result of having Strangles In WA under state law Strangles is not a notifiable disease The Department of Agriculture has not implemented a lockdown the WA border has not been closed An initial or first course of Strangles vaccination may take some time to achieve full immunity Vaccinating for Strangles does not prevent horses from getting Strangles but it does lessen the effect The WAHC recommends horse owners maintain best practice bio security measures at all times eg washing hands isolate new arrivals from resident horses for at least 14 days quarantine that show signs of illness keep stables clean and disinfected ensure each horse has its own feed and water buckets do not allow horse to eat other horses feed etc To receive direct notification and ongoing information about any disease or equine emergency register on www wahorseemergency com au this is a free service the WAHC provides for the horse industry The information supplied for the database is private and only used for the dissemination of updating the progress of an Emergency Disease quarantine regulations and bio security information Diane Bennit Chair WA Horse Council 92910202 BACK TO TOP OF PAGE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Aug 2010 The AGM was held at BROOKLEIGH EQUESTRIAN ESTATE in the Conference Room in the Barn on Wednesday 11th August 7 30pm GUEST SPEAKERS will include KELVIN FREDERICKS Southern Stars Saddlery Point Two Air Jacket which inflates in the event of a fall JENNY MANUEL SRG Corp Equestrian Insurance NAOMI MURRAY Update on microchipping of horses ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING REPORT The AGM was well attended and was chaired by well known racing and equestrian personality Fin Powrie for the election of the 2010 committee All 2009 committee members stood for re election and were joined by Gill Woodstock Fran Stephens and Janet Innes Minute Taking secretary Naomi Briggs was retained for 2010 The positions and portfolios will be decided at the first committee meeting in September Diane Bennit was nominated for a life membership to the WAHC for her role in developing the council over the years Once the business was completed the guest speakers were introduced Dr David Cook a forensic entomologist and Kate Goh representing the stable Fly Action Group discussed the latest information regarding the blood sucking Stable Fly Stromoxys calcitrans and future restrictions on the use of raw poultry manure in all affected areas For more information go to www stableflyactiongroup org au Kelvin Fredericks from Southern Star Saddlery gave a very interesting demonstration of the the Two Point Air Jacket which when used with a BETA level 3 body protector improves protection to the spine by up to 69 and with or without the body protector reduces the risk of rib fractures and underlying organ damage by as much as 20 The Air jacket is attached to the saddle by a cord which when rider and saddle go their separate ways inflates the jacket in 1 of a second a bit like an air bag in the car The video of horrendous falls showed the Two Point Air Jacket inflating during falls and riders walking away from the incidents Jenny Manuel from SRG Corporation asked for three questions on insurance but found that the attendees

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