Nominations have opened for the 2020 Australian Biosecurity Awards which are aimed at recognising groups, organisations and individuals who work collaboratively with the Australian Department of Agriculture to promote biosecurity initiatives.
“Our biosecurity system is a significant national asset that safeguards us from a range of significant threats,” Acting Department Deputy Secretary Peta Lane said.
“Not to mention around $60 billion in agricultural production, $49 billion in agricultural exports and our $42 billion inbound tourism industry—all vital contributors to jobs and growth, particularly in regional and rural Australia.”
Past award winners include cattle producer Melinee Leather, who advocates for better biosecurity practices to the long-term viability of individual businesses and the beef industry as a whole, and Yarra Valley strawberry grower and industry leader Luciano Corallo, who has set an exceptional biosecurity standard for the entire strawberry industry.
Applications close on Friday 6 December, with the winners to be announced in Canberra on 3 March.