Two wins for DPIR at Australian Biosecurity Awards

Strong biosecurity practices and quick responses to incursions help make sure the Northern Territory can access interstate and international markets for agricultural products, and develop and sustain agribusiness and economic development.

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) was recognised for its exemplary biosecurity work with wins in two categories at the Australian Biosecurity Awards held on Tuesday 5 March.

DPIR Executive Director Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Sarah Corcoran received a collaborative Industry/Government award, and the department’s Aquatic Biosecurity team was the winner in the Government category.

Ms Corcoran was recognised, along with Citrus Australia Chief Executive Officer Nathan Hancock, for their response to the discovery of citrus canker on lime plants in the Northern Territory in April 2018.

Ms Corcoran opened the lines of communication with industry, government, states and territory departments and, most importantly, growers and the community and her handling of the response was widely complemented.

The Aquatic Biosecurity team, part of the department’s Fisheries Division, punches well above its weight and has been working to maintain the highest possible biosecurity standards in the Northern Territory for the past 20 years.

Recognised for the excellent results they achieve, despite their small size in comparison to other states’ aquatic biosecurity teams, their functions include freshwater pest programs, marine pest monitoring, fish kill investigations, public awareness programs, vessel biofouling risk assessments and inspections, and Aboriginal marine ranger engagement.

You can read more about the Australian Biosecurity Award winners and download the awards booklet on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources Aquatic Biosecurity team
Aquatic Biosecurity team: Kitman Dyrting, Evan Needham, Michelle Skarlatos Simoes, Murray Barton, Dekarsha Friel, Natalee Leader