Plans to move tick facility
ALTERNATE locations are being investigated for the Kirra tick treatment facility, according to the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.
Following a story in yesterday's Tweed Daily News on the tragic death of a horse at the spray yard, a DPI spokesperson said Queensland facilities might also be utilised in the future to spray “uncontrollable” horses.
“The Kirra treatment facility is only for led and tractable horses, and more than 6000 horses are sprayed there each year with very few prob- lems, prior to entry into NSW,” she said. “It does not have the staff or facilities for uncontrollable horses.
“In future, horses of this nature may be directed to facilities in Queensland which are designed for a more broad range of animals.”
“NSW DPI is intending to move the treatment facility to a more con- venient location with better parking facilities.”
Tweed Heads Pony Club president Lindy Smith sympathised with the dead horse's owner, but said the behaviour of an animal came down to good training.
“Possibly what can come out of this incident is that something can be put in place for when there is an emergency.”