Kim Chance

Tenders called for new Muchea centre

The transfer of the livestock centre from Midland to Muchea is estimated to deliver a $467 million economic benefit to the state over 20 years as Agriculture and Food Minister Kim Chance calls for tenders.

Government support vital

The food-manufacturing sector requires urgent action from government if it is to remain viable in the future, according to industry representatives at the WA Business News forum.

Govt launches new local produce label

The State Government has launched a new program to help Western Australian shoppers identify and purchase locally produced food.

Northam industrial park to lift land stocks

Western Australia's industrial land supply is set for a further boost following the start of site works on stage two of the Avon Industrial Park near Northam.

Chance heads to Middle East for trade talks

Agriculture and food minister Kim Chance will travel to the Middle East this weekend to discuss trade and investment opportunities for Western Australian agriculture and food.

WA and China sign historic plant breeding agreements

Western Australia is on the verge of a plant breeding revolution, following the signing of two historic agreements between WA and Zhejiang University in China.

WA reaping benefits of Eastern States' GM decision: Chance

Western Australian canola growers are reaping early benefits of the Victorian and New South Wales Governments' decision to lift their moratorium on the commercial production of genetically modified crops, WA agriculture and food minister Kim Chance said.

Chance stands by GM ban in WA

LABOR governments in NSW and Victoria have announced plans to lift their moratorium on genetically modified canola production, but their stance has not softened the opposition of Western Australian Ag

Chance persists with GM ban as NSW, Vic change

Labor governments in NSW and Victoria announced today plans to lift their moratoria on genetically modified canola production, but their stance has not softened the opposition of Western Australian agriculture minister Kim Chance to GM crops.

Esperance GM canola trial delayed

Western Australia’s first large-scale commercial trial of genetically modified canola has hit a major stumbling block, with the seed companies unwilling to relinquish seed for the independent trial near Esperance.

Goodman Fielder backs Chance's GM moratorium

Food giant Goodman Fielder has urged all state governments to continue their moratoria on genetically modified food crops, providing support for agriculture minister Kim Chance's decision to continue a moratorium.

McGauran speeds up drought assistance for WA farmers

A decision by Federal Agricultural Minister Peter McGauran to expedite exceptional circumstances funding for drought affected farmers in the wheatbelt has been welcomed by State Agriculture Minister Kim Chance and WAFarmers President, Trevor De Landgrafft

Chance to table Forest Products Act recommendations

Forestry Minister Kim Chance has announced he will submit recommendations from a statutory review of the Forest Products Act that would give the Forest Products Commission greater powers to Parliament "in due course".

WA Parliament passes Biosecurity Act

State Parliament has passed the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act, which Agriculture Minister Kim Chance will improve the government's ability to manage biosecurity risks.

State allocates $4m to Avon Industrial Park

The State Government has allocated an additional $4 million for the second stage of development at the Avon Industrial Park, located in the Shire of Northam, with new lots to be available by early 2008.

GM seeds to be prohibited: Chance

Genetically modified seed will be prohibited for cultivation, sale or import in Western Australia under new laws introduced this week by Agriculture minister Kim Chance.

WA horse movement bans lifted

Western Australia's horse industries will be back to business as usual from 4pm today, after WA Agriculture and Food Minister Kim Chance announced no strains of equine influenza had been detected in the state.

GM cotton report opens new potential for Ord region

The state government has signalled the possibility of lifting its ban on genetically modified cotton crops, which could lead to major investments in a new cotton industry in the Ord River irrigation area.

Appadene rakes in 80k of State grant for workshop

Manjimup woodworking company Appadene Forest Products has received $80,000 of a $104,000 grant from the State Government's Furniture and Fine Wood Industries Program, enabling it to develop an additional workshop, Forestry Minister Kim Chance has announce

Timber products research centre opens at UWA

A timber products research centre established by the Forest Products Commission and The University of Western Australia opened by WA Forestry minister Kim Chance will allow for value adding to local forest resources.

State allocates $4.9m for starling eradication

State Agriculture Minister Kim Chance has announced a two year funding allocation of $4.9 million to control and eradicate European starlings in Western Australia.

Chance welcomes $2bn Commonwealth NRM spend

WA Agriculture Minister Kim Chance has welcomed the Federal Government's $2 billion spend on the Natural Heritage Trust Phase 3 Program, but said the impact on joint natural resource management activity would not be clear until he saw details of the plan.

Biofuel consumption target should be 5% by 2010: Taskforce

The Western Australian Biofuels taskforce has recommended a target of 5 per cent biofuel consumption by 2010, switching to a mandate by 2011 if the 2010 target is not achieved.

Lignor to receive State log residues until 2013: Minister

Subiaco-based Lignor Ltd will receive log residues from the State Government's Forest Products Commission for use in its engineered strand lumber products until December 2013, Forestry Minister Kim Chance announced today.

Libyans in WA to discuss biosecurity: Chance

A Libyan government delegation will be in Western Australia this week to discuss biosecurity and co-operative research and training with senior officers of the Department of Agriculture and Food and local universities, WA Agriculture Minister Kim Chance h

Chance says pest eradication on track

Agriculture Minister Kim Chance has announced the government is on track to eradicate an invasive pest from Western Australia - this one being the European Starling.

State Govt announces $500k food funding package

The State Government today announced a $500,000 funding package for a new voluntary certification and marketing scheme for WA food, and for the annual pesticide testing of fruit and vegetables.

Minister discusses drought application with Nullarbor farmers

Western Australia's Agriculture and Food Minister Kim Chance will visit remote Arubiddy Station on the Nullarbor this weekend for a first-hand look at the challenges faced by drought-affected pastoralists.

Advisory Committee given Chance in dry winter

Agriculture and Food Minister Kim Chance has activated the State Government's Dry Seasons Advisory Committee, as the State records its driest start to winter on record.

WA Govt to protect agriculture with $41m commitment

The Carpenter Government has moved to protect Western Australia's natural environment and valuable agricultural industries with a $41 million commitment to biosecurity activities.

State may adopt national forest sustainability regulations

The State Government will investigate Australian Forestry Standard certification for native forests and State-owned plantations by the Department of Conservation and Land Management and the Forest Products Commission.