February 18, 2008

Did the performance and pleasure horse industry have enough input into the handling of Australia's equine influenza outbreak?

A conference in southern Queensland next month will be discussing such issues, and exploring the future structure of the sector as Australia slowly returns to normal after the flu outbrea.

Queensland's Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries is supporting what it calls an "industry engagement process" to build on the learning from the flu response.

"The process will provide an opportunity for industry to gain advice to help develop and strengthen structures to ensure on-going effective representation and advisory arrangements in a post EI environment," the department said.

The process has already included interviews with industry stakeholders, workshops, meetings with industry organisations, research and two forums last week, where the findings of the process were presented by the consultant engaged by DPI.

From March 7, presentations on proposed models for the future will be available for industry groups to study before the conference.

These presentations will be submitted by groups proposing options for the way forward, and offer solutions on how these options could be developed, implemented and sustained.

"All industry associations are encouraged to discuss the information and identify how they would like to see the industry position itself for the future and ensure ongoing and effective industry representation in a post EI environment," the department said.

"It is important that your organisation or association is represented at the conference."

The conference will be held at the Riverglenn Conference Centre, Kate Street, Indooroopilly, on Friday March 14.

It will include presentations on the proposed models and provide opportunities for industry delegates to contribute and commit to an effective industry governance model for the future.

The industry has indicated that:

Organisations are invited to select two people to participate in this conference. Nominations are expected by the end of the month.