Taskforce to combat stock theft in the Northern Territory


The formation of Taskforce Starlight, a collaboration between Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade (DITT) Livestock Biosecurity, the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) and Northern Territory Police is to combat stock theft in the Northern Territory (NT).

Taskforce Starlight, set up for 12 months from March 2021, will consist of a planning team as well as strategic operations teams made up of veterinary officers, livestock biosecurity officers and NT Police officers, based in Katherine, Darwin, Adelaide River, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

The cattle industry is a big part of the Territory’s economy and all stock theft have serious impacts on pastoralists. Taskforce Starlight will work together to investigate and solve stock related crimes in the Territory, hold action days across the NT and roll out an awareness program to improve reporting processes. The Livestock Act will also be reviewed to tighten legislative gaps to deter stock related crimes.

Stock crime can be reported by ringing the Police hotline on 131 444.

For more information on Livestock Biosecurity go to the NT Government website.

Taskforce Starlight

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