Category: preparedness

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New biosecurity collective ready for action

With the number of pest and disease threats that could enter our country rapidly growing, last week biosecurity champions from across Australia and overseas came together to form Australia’s first biosecurity collective.

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Fairy prion at Port Fairy, Victoria. Photo: Ed Dunens | CC BY 2.0

Threats to Nature

If Australians are to protect what is most distinctive about this country – our unique plants, animals and ecological communities – we urgently need to overcome the key threats facing them. At least 100 species unique to Australia have been lost since 1788 and thousands more are on a path to extinction. About 1800 species…

Invasion watch profiles

More than 2800 insects across the world have been identified as being environmentally destructive once they invade new land, but which ones pose the greatest threats to Australia’s native plants and animals and what are we doing to keep them out? We are already grappling with the huge economic and environmental costs of insects from…

Cruise ships are one of several pathways by which new invasive species can reach Norfolk Island. Photo: Thomas Huxley | CC BY-ND 2.0

Norfolk Island rat baiting network and biosecurity project

In late 2016 the Invasive Species Council and Island Conservation, working with the local community, began a project on Norfolk Island to better control existing invasive pests and prevent the introduction of new potential pest species. The project had two objectives: Controlling rodents and ants The first was to help the Norfolk Island community protect…

Feral Herald

Environmental biosecurity chief delivers

Australia’s first Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer has been in place for a year, so now is a good time to review the success of the position.

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Hunt letter supporting EHA

Environment Health Australia

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.

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