Nominate now for biosecurity awards
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.
Do you know a biosecurity champion worth nominating in the Australian Biosecurity Awards?