Category Archives: Media Releases

Co-ordinated Pest Control Management vital

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MLC Rick Mazza says an appropriate and timely response to Western Australia’s invasive plant and animal pests is required following the release of the Auditor General’s Managing the Impact of Plant and Animal Pests: Follow-up report. Mr Mazza said his Game and Feral Animal Control Bill 2018, which he read...

Environmental impact of Westport unavoidable and unacceptable

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MLC Rick Mazza says the construction of a new container port in Kwinana is an unnecessary risk to the sustainability of local fishing stocks. Mr Mazza said as per the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website, Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds and Owen Anchorage are the site of the largest k...

Bushfire mitigation policies must remain

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MLC Rick Mazza has warned against changing Western Australia’s successful bushfire mitigation policies after learning of a petition and campaign to severely restrict or cease the practice of prescribed burning in south-west forests. Mr Mazza said he understands an independent group of university academics a...

Live export exemption vital for Trading Partners and Farmers

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party MLC Rick Mazza says it is vital the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment, a new Australian Government Department established on February 1, 2020, grant the exporter a permit to allow 56,000 sheep stranded at a Baldivis feedlot to depart for the Middle East. The sheep were set to depa...

Land Tax Relief to soften Economic Damage

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MP Rick Mazza is calling for land tax relief for to help soften the devastating economic blow being felt from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Land tax is an annual tax on land not used as a principal place of residence.  Mr Mazza said because of the pandemic it could take years for a commercial landlord t...

Greater clarity needed on Shooting Club requirements

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MP Rick Mazza is calling for greater clarity from the Western Australian Police Force Licencing Enforcement Division in regards to shooting club event attendance requirements for firearm licence holders. After recently asking a question in Parliament, Mr Mazza received a response stating ‘clubs have been ad...

Gun shop Closures an Overreaction

Microsoft Word – Gun shop closures an overreaction .doc Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MP Rick Mazza says the move to close gun shops as part of the State of Emergency directive is an overreaction that unnecessarily impacts small business across the State, many in regional Western Australia. Mr Mazza said that he was contacted on Fri...

Unnecessary amendments unlikely to stop puppy farming

Agricultural Region MLC Rick Mazza of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has labelled the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020 an unnecessary intervention in the governments rush to impose restrictions on good, law abiding dog owners in W.A. Under the proposed conditions, only approved breeders can breed dogs and owners will ...

Government riding on the coats of Activists to put more pressure on Farmers

Agricultural Region MLC Rick Mazza of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has called the State Government’s proposed farm trespass legislation, which gives new powers to animal welfare inspectors, underhanded and a step too far. Under the proposed Animal Welfare and Trespass Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 Consultation Draft, inspec...

Declining kangaroo harvest numbers see Dramatic Population increase

A parliamentary question without notice by the Hon Rick Mazza MLC of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has revealed kangaroo numbers in Western Australia have dramatically increased in four years due to declining harvest numbers of annual quotas. Red kangaroo population estimates were 1,825,760 last year up from 409,422 in 2014, rep...

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