Costa and Dirtgirl Tackle Biosecurity

ABC TV family favourites have been enlisted to show travellers how they can become Biosecurity Champions by putting their fresh fruit in the bins and declaring high risk items before moving between Torres Strait biosecurity zones.

Get grubby TV stars Costa the Garden Gnome and Dirtgirl, along with some of our Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) staff, get together in a new video reminding travellers in the Torres Strait about how they can help stop the spread of fruit flies.

The video also features Indigenous Biosecurity trainees and 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.

The Torres Strait is a significant biosecurity pathway for potential risks travelling from our close neighbours, with Papua New Guinea only four kilometres from the northern most island in the 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.

This video is part of a broader production package aimed at increasing community biosecurity awareness across the northern region. Watch this space for more exciting videos showcasing the northern region.

Find more information about fruit fly here.