The WA Department of Agriculture and Food has boosted its livestock compliance capacity in the South West with the appointment of livestock biosecurity senior compliance inspector Michael Donaghy in Bunbury.
Mr Donaghy brings to the role extensive experience in investigations, infringements and prosecutions gained from his former position as a senior constable with WA Police.
He will work across the Department’s Livestock Biosecurity Regulatory program to strengthen compliance and enforcement activities and support investigations into alleged breaches.
Mr Donaghy said he was pleased to join the team in Bunbury and draw on his background in livestock production and police work to support increased compliance with biosecurity regulations in WA’s livestock industry.
“Livestock biosecurity measures, such as the systems that identify and track livestock movement, are vital to the success of our livestock industry in Western Australia,” Mr Donaghy said.
“Compliance with livestock biosecurity measures helps us better manage and eradicate disease, strengthens consumer confidence in our product and maintains access to domestic and overseas markets.
“WA’s livestock and livestock products in the 2016/2017 financial year were worth around $2 billion.”
Mr Donaghy will join the Department’s Statewide team of biosecurity officers and compliance inspectors, which regularly visit saleyards, abattoirs and export depots to ensure livestock traceability requirements are met by producers, livestock agents and supply chain operators.
Members of the team help ensure livestock movements are correctly completed and recorded on National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms and uploaded to the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database.
Mr Donaghy grew up on a dairy farm in northern New South Wales and spent 17 years working with the WA Police in regional Western Australia, in towns from Halls Creek to Harvey.
He is now located in Brunswick Junction where he runs beef cattle on the family property.