Blueprint to Strengthen Biosecurity

The five-year plan to build the framework for Queensland’s future biosecurity system, to protect the state’s almost $20 billion agriculture industry has been released and follows an independent review of Queensland’s Biosecurity Capability.

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Minister for agriculture Mark Furner says the Queensland Biosecurity Strategy was a blueprint to ensure Queensland remained at the forefront of effective biosecurity measures.

“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.”

“More than 30 organisations have contributed to developing the six strategic themes that combine to form a truly forward looking and revolutionary strategy.”

The Minister says the 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.

“That is why the Queensland Biosecurity Strategy has been developed collaboratively with industry and the community to deliver shared ownership and management of biosecurity risks and decision making.”

An industry hit hard previously has been the flower industry and Executive Officer of the Flower Association Shane Holborn says he welcomes the new strategy.

“Robust biosecurity is the key to Queensland’s farmers being able to continue growing quality produce affordably.”

“Queensland flower farmers are still paying the costs of previous pest and disease incursions with increased surveillance and costly pest management control measures. This strategy will help limit these unnecessary production costs and also keep foreign markets open to Australia’s exporters.”

The new measures include a monitoring and reporting system, overseen by an independent community and advisory group, to ensure the Strategy stays on track.