The story of a life­time

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

Al­bert Knapp spent his youth at a mis­sion as part of the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion and has now shared his story as part of an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tre for the Arts.

TWO new quar­an­tine de­tec­tor dogs are be­ing put through their paces at Perth do­mes­tic air­port ter­mi­nals to help sniff out po­ten­tial threats to the State’s agri­cul­ture and food sec­tor.

The new labradors, Molly and Sam, joined the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Food’s Quar­an­tine WA ser­vice de­tec­tor dog unit ear­lier this month, re­plac­ing two re­tir­ing dogs, Os­car and Char­lie Brown.

Molly and Sam have come from Syd­ney where they have been in train­ing for 10 weeks.

Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Mark Lewis said the Quar­an­tine WA ser­vice worked hard to main­tain WA’s biose­cu­rity sta­tus by pre­vent­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of ex­otic pests, dis­eases and weeds found in other States and Ter­ri­to­ries of Aus­tralia.

“The de­tec­tor dog unit is one ex­am­ple of this work,” Mr Lewis said. “The unit has six dogs which work in shifts at the Perth do­mes­tic air­port meet­ing pas­sen­gers off flights and check­ing lug­gage for un­wanted items such as fruit and veg­eta­bles, honey and plant ma­te­rial.”

There were more than 4000 in­ter­cepts of risk ma­te­rial at the air­port last fi­nan­cial year, in­clud­ing 68 large ba­nanas, 10kg of honey, 29 man­goes, 10kg of egg­plant and 46kg of cas­sava.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Mark Lewis and dog han­dler Lexy Martin with Sam that has been trained to sniff out food.

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