3 Aug 2017

Further restrictions for Norfolk importer

3:09 pm on 3 August 2017

A Norfolk Island business operator is facing further restrictions on what goods he can bring onto the island from Australia.

Martin Cross of Norfolk Stockfeeds said since the federal government took over of the island last year he had been stopped, on biosecurity grounds, from bringing in some stock feed and fertilizers.

Now he said the government looks set to deny his application to bring in day-old-chickens.

Mr Cross said he had been importing day-old-chicks and other goods onto Norfolk for 20 years without any issues.

Australia's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources said its move follows two previous cases of non-compliance.

The department said Mr Cross has until 14th August to address issues, including providing the correct veterinary certification.

The department also said that under the Biosecurity Act 2015 a robust system had been put in place to maintain the complex and unique ecosystems on Norfolk Island.