Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 02, 2023


Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia

In reply to the Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) ().22 March 2023).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): I am advised:

That the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) has partnered with the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society for many years and maintains close collaboration, most obviously through both a sponsorship of the Royal Adelaide Show and the provision of animal health and welfare services for the show.

PIRSA concluded its most recent sponsorship last year and is currently working with the society on its next four-year sponsorship package.

In addition to educating generations about primary industries and the importance of agriculture, PIRSA and the society work closely to ensure animal welfare, with veterinarians and animal health staff working with RAHS staff to ensure the treatment and welfare of animals is foremost.

PIRSA worked closely with the society in 2022 with the heightened biosecurity threats of foot-and-mouth and lumpy skin disease, utilising their critical partnership to educate exhibitors as well as the general public to these threats, preventative measures and why this is so important.

More generally, biosecurity awareness and education are an important component of PIRSA and the society's partnership with public activities and shared communications emphasising threats to agriculture and primary industries in South Australia.

The partnership between government and the society also enables greater industry collaboration with networking opportunities for primary industries offered throughout the duration of the show and also with events such as the hosting of country cabinet at the Royal Adelaide Show each year.

Further to the Royal Adelaide Show, PIRSA provides annual sponsorship for the Rural Ambassadors and Young Rural Ambassadors programs run through the society in South Australia. These ambassadors programs recognise and encourage people who are leaders in the agricultural and show movement enabling them to develop even closer links with primary industries in our state.