Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has led a delegation of local horse industry representatives to the NSW Parliament to meet with Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello and SafeWork NSW to discuss a new draft Code of Practice for the equine industry. 


Mr Anderson said the draft code called Managing Risks When New and Inexperienced Persons Interact with Horses is being drafted in an effort to reduce injuries and avoid potential tragedy for those people who work around horses.


“We have a number of large equine groups in the Tamworth electorate with a great deal of experience and it made good sense to me to have them around the table so that their voices and views could be heard and incorporated in the document.


“Codes of Practice can be prescriptive and difficult to implement so it was important that SafeWork NSW understood this document has to have a practical application, be reasonable and workable. The horse industry needs to meets its WHS obligation whilst not impeding on the ability for the industry to operate practically.


“SafeWork NSW gained valuable feedback and important insights into the practical application of the draft code and how that may affect event organisers and industry participants alike.


“I thank the local delegation, organised by Mike Rowland, for taking the time to travel to Parliament and join me in providing feedback directly to the Minister.”


The delegation included:


  • Mike Rowland - Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre.

  • Craig Young - National Cutting Horse Association

  • David Gatwood - Australian Stock Horse Society

  • Hunter Jones - Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association

  • Gracia Kusuma - NSW Farmers Association

  • Helen Kirton - Horse Committee Agricultural Societies Council of NSW


“It’s expected the final code will be due out later this year,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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