26 September 2023

Australia’s biosecurity champions

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The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and North Coast Local Land Services have been acknowledged for their ant eradication efforts at this year’s Australian Biosecurity Awards.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said the award recipients included industry-leaders in biosecurity and individuals who had contributed to Australia’s biosecurity system over many decades.

“We continue to face real and growing biosecurity threats, with more incoming passengers, mail and cargo arriving on our shores,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Significant pests and diseases are spreading into new regions, presenting new risks for Australia,” he said.

“Visitors who seriously breach our biosecurity law on arrival at Australia’s borders can have their visas cancelled immediately and be refused entry to Australia.”

Mr Littleproud said NSW DPI and North Coast Local Land Services had been acknowledged for their combined efforts to eradicate a yellow crazy ant (YCA) infestation, which included using Australia’s first YCA detector dog.

“I congratulate all of the winners and thank them and all nominees for their valuable contributions to Australia’s biosecurity,” he said.

Deputy Secretary at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Lyn O’Connell said the awards provided important recognition for Australians who contribute significantly to Australia’s world-leading biosecurity status.

“This year’s winners demonstrate the crucial role that individuals, businesses, Government and non-Government organisations play in supporting Australia’s biosecurity,” Ms O’Connell said.

A full list of winners can be accessed in the awards booklet at this PS News link.

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