Meeting of the NWPPA Executive Committee
The NWPPA Executive Committee met in Canberra on Thursday 28 November 2013.
The meeting gave members the opportunity to hear, first hand, progress on the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) review of the Spray Drift Policy, to meet with Ms Trysh Stone, who has recently taken up the position of Assistant Secretary, Livestock Industries and Ag Vet Chemicals Branch in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, and to receive updates on current NWPPA research projects.
The APVMA Review
Mr Dave Rumbold, was recently seconded from the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, as the APVMA Spray Drift Policy Review Project Officer. Mr Rumbold, gave a presentation on proposed framework and processes for the APAMA’s Spray Drift Review. It provided a good opportunity for NWPPA Executive Committee members to provide him with feedback on the Review process.
The presentation was part of Mr Rumbold’s consultation with industry, state and territories prior to the intended release of a public Consultation Paper in the first quarter of 2014. APVMA plans to make a policy revision announcement in mid-2014 and facilitate implementation of the policy in late 2014 and 2015. The Executive Committee will continue to work closely with APVMA through the course of the review process. The Executive had agreed that the NWPPA should continue its work until the review’s implementation is completed.
Department of Agriculture
Ms Stone provided the Executive Committee a brief introduction of her portfolio and answered questions. She indicated the Department’s desire to remove ‘red tape’, improve access to chemicals for food and fibre production and a renewed commitment to improving Australia’s system for Minor Use Registration of pesticides. The Chair and Mr Woods provided Ms Stone with a detailed briefing on the NWPPA work in early January 2014.