Five-year plan for biose­cu­rity launched

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

MIN­IS­TER for Agri­cul­tural In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Mark Furner stopped to smell the roses in the Lock­yer Val­ley be­fore re­veal­ing the State Gov­ern­ment’s new Queens­land Biose­cu­rity Strat­egy.

The five-year plan, an­nounced at Tamor Rose Farm in Gran­tham, will pro­vide the frame­work to pro­tect the state’s al­most $20 bil­lion agri­cul­ture in­dus­try.

Min­is­ter Furner said the Queens­land Biose­cu­rity Strat­egy was a blue­print to en­sure Queens­land re­mained at the fore­front of ef­fec­tive biose­cu­rity mea­sures.

“Queens­land’s biose­cu­rity sys­tem faces in­creas­ing chal­lenges from the growth in global trade and move­ment of peo­ple and main­tain­ing the in­tegrity of that sys­tem is a top pri­or­ity for the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment,” Mr Furner said.

“The strat­egy will help keep Queens­land ahead of the curve in de­liv­er­ing ef­fec­tive biose­cu­rity mea­sures that as­sist in safe­guard­ing our re­li­able food sup­ply, our life­style, en­vi­ron­ment and econ­omy.

“The strat­egy will be a de­vel­op­ing process in re­gards to iden­ti­fy­ing mat­ters that may be of is­sue, that’s why it’s im­por­tant we en­gage with in­dus­try to en­sure that we pick up on any threat as a re­sult of that.”

He said in five years they hoped to lower im­pact on pests and dis­eases en­ter­ing the coun­try.

More than 30 or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Ag Force, Queens­land Farmer’s Fed­er­a­tion and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land con­trib­uted to de­vel­op­ing the six themes that formed the strat­egy.

“Those six themes are; col­lab­o­ra­tion in gov­er­nance and lead­er­ship, ev­ery Queens­lan­der plays their part, em­pow­er­ing to act, bright ideas and bet­ter ways and valu­ing and build­ing our in­vest­ments and bet­ter in­tel­li­gent sys­tems,” Min­is­ter Furner said.

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