The harm and impact of invasive species and disease is having a significant impact on Victoria’s agricultural economy as well as the natural environment and community safety and well-being. While there are flaws in Victoria’s current system of managing invasive weeds and pests, hopefully these will start to be addressed through this biosecurity strategy.
It is highly positive to see the directions that are laid out in the draft strategy, including greater involvement from the community and Indigenous people, and acknowledgment of the environmental impacts that a strong biosecurity system prevents and reduces. Development of a biosecurity strategy is a big step forward for Victoria and it is positive to see the direction towards a more collaborative model.
The draft biosecurity strategy has been through extensive consultation and the result is a well informed and meaningful document. Biosecurity covers a wide range of areas of interest and timing of actions, and Victoria is an important part of the national biosecurity system – these areas have been done well. Nevertheless, biosecurity protecting the natural environment and biodiversity, while noted in the draft, is lacking in prominence.
Overall it is positive to see the progress towards a new biosecurity strategy for Victoria. This strategy will assist Victoria with its ongoing development of a new Biosecurity Act, to take a contemporary approach to biosecurity matters for the State.