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Western Local Land Services ready and able to respond to emergencies

Western Local Land Services is better equipped to respond to an emergency situation after a number of its Biosecurity Officers participated in an emergency management exercise in Broken Hill last week.

The emergency management exercise, which involved representatives from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW Police, NSW State Emergency Service, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance and local landholders, aimed to identify issues, and evaluate response, to a mass animal transport road crash with a van carrying several passengers in Western NSW.

The scenario was played out over several hours with each agency offering their expert advice on how they would respond and what action they would take as the scenario developed.

Western Local Land Services’ main task in the scenario was the removal and temporary storage of the uninjured livestock, assessing the injured livestock, coordinating the humane destruction of all badly injured livestock and the removal of the deceased livestock from the scene of the accident.

Western Local Land Services Biosecurity Team Leader, Tim Wall assisted in the planning of the emergency management exercise and found it to be very valuable for his staff.

“There was a lot of knowledge from a number of agencies in the room when it comes to emergency management but the scenario still proved very challenging,” Mr Wall said.

“Along with myself and our Operations Manager, Andrew Hull we had our two Senior Biosecurity Officers in Grant Davis (Broken Hill) and Robynne Wells-Budd (Cobar) along with Biosecurity Officer, Brooke Anderson who works throughout the region.

“They were able to provide some important input into the exercise and having been involved in it we are now better prepared to respond to an emergency situation.”

For further information on emergency management or any biosecurity services in the Western region, contact 1300 795 299 and ask for your local Biosecurity Officer.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.