Live sheep phaseout panel to hold more WA forums

Sheep Central, June 13, 2023

The live sheep export phaseout meeting at Katanning in WA. Image – Facebook.

WESTERN Australian sheep producers are to be given more opportunities to have their say on the Australian Government proposed phasing out live sheep exports by sea.

The independent panel is returning to Perth and regional Western Australia from Monday 19 June to Friday 23 June. Public forums will occur during the week.

The first attempts to hold invitation-only public forums by the government’s independent panel met considerable stakeholder criticism.

The government has committed to the trade phaseout, and that it will not take place during this current term of the Australian Parliament to give individuals and businesses time to prepare for a transition away from live sheep exports by sea.

The phase out does not apply to other livestock export industries, such as live cattle exports, nor does it apply to live sheep exports by air.


Town Venue Date Time
Geraldton Multi-purpose Centre, 248 Marine Tce Geraldton Monday 19 June 10:00am – 11:45am
Merredin Cummins Theatre,
31 Bates St Merredin
Tuesday 20 June 12:00pm – 1:45pm
Kondinin Kondinin Town Hall,
3/5 Gordon St
Wednesday 21 June 10:00am – 11:45am
Lake Grace Sports Pavilion,
Bishop St Lake Grace
Wednesday 21 June 3:00pm – 4:45pm
Darkan Darkan Town Hall,
Butler Street
Thursday 22 June 10:00am – 11:45pm
Perth Technology Park,
2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley
Friday 23 June 11:00am – 12:45pm


More than 300 people attended eight recent public virtual forums on Friday 12 May and Monday 15 May 2023.

Those who were unable to attend either of the Teams live broadcast forums and view the videos click here.



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  1. Wendy Maben, June 24, 2023

    I attended the forum at Bentley, Perth. I am against Live Export and wish it could be stopped asap. The farmers who attended were quite aggressive and hostile and the chairman even said so. They made it clear they were not interested in other views. I would like to be kept informed please of further action and developments.

    • Glenn nix, July 11, 2023

      We know your view Wendy, the anti-live export mob is quite vocal. If someone threatened your business, your livelihood, your community and your children’s futures wouldn’t you be upset and angry? It’s easy to be against things that don’t affect you or anyone you know, or that you can’t be bothered understanding.

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