Nom­i­nate now for biose­cu­rity awards

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

PEO­PLE can now nom­i­nate in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses who have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the pro­tec­tion of our $60-bil­lion agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries and the health of our an­i­mals, plant and peo­ple through the 2018 Aus­tralian Biose­cu­rity Awards.

Head of Biose­cu­rity at the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources, Lyn O’Con­nell, said farm­ers were el­i­gi­ble for nom­i­na­tion for ex­cel­lence in on-farm biose­cu­rity prac­tices.

“Aus­tralia’s strong biose­cu­rity sys­tem pro­tects our hu­man, an­i­mal and plant health against po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing ex­otic pests and dis­eases like ra­bies, avian in­fluenza, foot-and-mouth dis­ease and Asian honey bees among many oth­ers,” she said.

“The awards recog­nise in­di­vid­u­als and groups that show a com­mit­ment to work­ing with our depart­ment to sup­port and pro­mote Aus­tralia’s biose­cu­rity and the sys­tems that up­hold it.

“It’s im­por­tant that we recog­nise the cru­cial ef­forts that keep Aus­tralia free of many of the ex­otic pests and dis­eases preva­lent in other coun­tries. It’s an enor­mous job but it’s one that can save farm­ers up to $17,500 per farm per year.

“There will be four award cat­e­gories in 2018, the Aus­tralian Biose­cu­rity Award – In­dus­try; the Aus­tralian Biose­cu­rity Award – Gov­ern­ment; the David Banks Biose­cu­rity Life­time Achieve­ment Award; and for the first time, the Farm Biose­cu­rity Pro­ducer of the Year Award.”

Nom­i­na­tions are open un­til Oc­to­ber 20 via agri­cul­ture.gov.au/aba.

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Do you know a biose­cu­rity cham­pion worth nom­i­nat­ing in the Aus­tralian Biose­cu­rity Awards?

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