THE Queensland government recently announced the release of a five-year plan to build a framework for Queensland’s biosecurity system.
Queensland agricultural industry development minister Mark Furner said the state’s biosecurity system faces increasing challenges from the growth in global trade and movement of people.
“As evidenced by the white spot disease outbreak in 2016, biosecurity challenges can affect industry and our environment at any time,” he said.
“Having a well-considered plan such as the Queensland Biosecurity Strategy in place means we are prepared to respond to whatever our next pest or disease challenge might be.”
Mr Furner said the strategy was developed following an independent review of Queensland’s biosecurity capability.
“A monitoring and reporting system, overseen by an independent community and advisory group, will ensure the Strategy stays on track to deliver its goals,” he said.
Mr Furner said the Queensland Biosecurity Strategy was developed collaboratively with industry and the community in the interest of shared ownership and management of biosecurity risks and decision making.
“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 government and its partners in the biosecurity system are to now co-develop action plans which aligned with and build on the goals outlined in the strategy.