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The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has called for nominations for membership of a committee to advise the state government on biosecurity.

Agriculture minister Mark Furner said future biosecurity leaders were needed to meet the goals of the Queensland Biosecurity Strategy 2018–2023.

“We are seeking expressions of interest from people with a commitment to upholding our biosecurity systems and representing Queensland perspectives in national discussions around how to best guard us against plant and animal pests and diseases and also invasive plants and animals,” Mr Furner said.

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Communities, businesses and industries are invited to nominate for membership of the Biosecurity Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee.

As well as agricultural industry, environmental and scientific nominees, the government is seeking people with skills in information technology or social science.

“We are specifically looking to identify tomorrow’s up and coming leaders, not just those who are leading today,” Mr Furner said.

“We’d especially like to hear from those who work in areas of potential biosecurity risk such as transport, importing and ports.”

The Biosecurity Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee will have 10 members, including a chair.

Nominations are due by 10 May. Contact Biosecurity Queensland for more information.

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