The decision to create an office of environmental biosecurity protection is big step forward in protecting Australia’s environment from dangerous new invasive species.
Contrast the government’s response to white spot in Logan River prawns to the indifference from authorities when a new environmental invader arrives.
Environmental biosecurity – the protection of our natural environment from harmful exotic weeds, pests and diseases – requires much more attention than it currently receives.
Two government-industry bodies, Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia, have been working for many years to keep crop and livestock industries safe from new invasive species.
That is why we have launched ‘Keeping Nature Safe’, a proposal for the establishment of Environment Health Australia, a national body dedicated to environmental biosecurity. It would bring together major participants in environmental biosecurity, effectively involve the community sector, and foster collaboration in tackling some of Australia ’s most pressing and challenging environmental threats.
Environmental Health Australia would take up the challenge of keeping our incredible natural heritage, native plants and wildlife safe from new and emerging invasive species.
Fact Sheets, Reports & Submissions
This submission to the Senate inquiry into the arrival and establishment of new invasive species impacting on the Australian environment shows that Australia has suffered major losses due to invasive species. It provides data and case studies that indicate ongoing, serious, and systemic flaws in environmental biosecurity and makes recommendations to strengthen environmental biosecurity to prevent the flow of new invasive species that have deadly consequences for the Australian environment.