Costa and Dirtgirl Tackle Biosecurity

Costa and dirtgirl Tackle Biosecurity – Country Handle with Care

ABC TV eco-warriors dirtgirl, scrapboy and Costa the Garden Gnome, along with some of our Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) officers get together in Country - Handle with Care, a new seven episode video series, as they travel through northern Australia from Cardwell to Torres Strait and across to the Kimberley. Along the way they discover the beauty of our country, meeting the dedicated biosecurity officers, scientists and Indigenous Rangers at the forefront of protecting Australia from threats of exotic pests, diseases and weeds, and learn how to reduce the risks and report anything unusual.

Country - Handle with Care was created in collaboration with mememe Productions, producer of the award-winning dirtgirlworld and Get Grubby TV.  The videos speak to the people of northern Australia where the threat and potential impact of hitch-hiking invaders such as the Asian green mussel and the Queensland fruit fly is greatest.

The seven episodes are as follows:

Episode 1  The Big Farm

Episode 1 transcript DOCX [28 KB, 4 pages]

The Top Watch! team works with scientists, farmers and Indigenous Rangers to monitor the health of our land and protect our clean, green farming reputation.

Episode 2  Community

Episode 2 transcript DOCX [20 KB, 7 pages]

From growers markets and community gardens to our backyards and neighbourhoods, we are the eyes of the earth. Get up close and personal with Queensland fruit fly and learn how to deal with it in your own garden.

Episode 3  Oceans

Episode 3 transcript DOCX [28 KB, 6 pages]

Australia is an island surrounded by some of the world’s last pristine waters, but unwanted marine hitchhikers and wave-riders are on the move. Tides, winds and even litter and debris are washing these creatures up on our shores.

Episode 4  Tourism

Episode 4 transcript DOCX [28 KB, 6 pages]

Learn how to camp responsibly with Rangers of the Great Barrier Reef region and get top travel tips from Darwin’s Larrakia Rangers.

Episode 5  Rangers

Episode 5 transcript DOCX [28 KB, 5 page]

Meet Indigenous Rangers from the Kimberleys to Yarrabah and Cardwell and discover the crucial role they play in protecting and caring for country now and for the future.

Episode 6  Overview - Protecting Country

Episode 6 transcript DOCX [28 KB, 5 pages]

Traditional knowledge meets 21st century technology as scientists and Indigenous Rangers monitor our plants, animals and oceans across our northern coastline.

Episode 7  Overview - Biosecurity On Country

Episode 7 transcript DOCX [28 KB, 6 pages]

Find out how the Top Watch! team protect and care for country. Meet the Asian honey bee and find out about how its relationship with the varroa mite might spell disaster for our honey bees.

Costa and dirtgirl Tackle Biosecurity – Fruit fly

Fruit fly transcript DOCX [24 KB, 1 page]

Costa the Garden Gnome and dirtgirl were also enlisted to show travellers how they can become Biosecurity Champions by doing things like putting their fresh fruit in amnesty bins and declaring high risk items before moving between Torres Strait biosecurity zones to help stop the spread of fruit flies. The video also features Indigenous biosecurity officers inspecting ferry passengers arriving at Seisia in Cape York and at Horn Island airport.

The video is part of a critical effort to protect regional economies from the cost of fruit fly incursions, preserving market access for Queensland produce, and preventing the need for costly eradication programs.

Torres Strait is a significant biosecurity pathway for potential risks travelling from our close neighbours, with Papua New Guinea less than  four kilometres from the northern-most island in Torres Strait. Biosecurity risks can reach Australia through the movement of people and goods by sea and air, through traditional trade, and by natural pathways such as wind, tide and animal migration. Good biosecurity keeps communities safe and well, delivers better produce yields, keeps production costs low, increases market access and preserves Australia for future generations.

Find more information about fruit fly here.