The Australian Biosecurity Awards (ABA) acknowledges individuals, groups or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to maintaining Australia's biosecurity integrity. The 2016 Australian Biosecurity Awards were presented by the The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources at the ABARES Outlook Conference on 1 March in Canberra.
David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award
The David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Trevor Weatherhead, Australian Honey Bee Industry Council.
Trevor Weatherhead has amassed more than 30 years of service to Australian biosecurity and the beekeeping industry. His efforts have helped shield bee populations from pests and invasive species that have devastated colonies worldwide, including helping Australia remain one of the last regions on the planet free of the destructive Varroa mites.
Australian Biosecurity Award – Industry
This award recognises individuals, groups or organisations within industry that have demonstrated a significant contribution to maintaining Australia's biosecurity integrity.
Livestock Biosecurity Network
The Livestock Biosecurity Network is an initiative established nationally in 2013 to raise biosecurity awareness and enhance the capability of livestock industries response to an emergency disease outbreak. The network has officers working in all states and territories to deliver information about biosecurity threats to sustainable farming and livestock health and welfare.
Northern Territory Apiary Industry
The Northern Territory apiary industry is the only Australian beekeeping industry free from pests and diseases. The industry has proudly protected and promoted this status for several years, responding quickly to identify and destroy invasive species that have become established in other states.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
Global shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics is being recognised for its efforts to stop the invasive brown marmorated stink bug arriving in the country as the insect was reaching plague proportions in the United States.
The efforts of the company’s staff, particularly all port managers, Head of Oceania Ocean operations Captain Sunil Dhowan and former Head of Oceania commercial Bryan McCausland, greatly assisted the efforts to ensure the exotic pest did not breach our shores and become established in Australia
Mike Carson, eBay
Through his work at one of the world’s largest online marketplaces, Mike Carson has been able to prevent the importation of restricted plants and seeds into Australia by directly targeting suppliers. He has suggested and put in place new ways to block the sale of prohibited items to Australian customers, stopping hundreds of high-risk packages from entering the country.
Australian Biosecurity Award – Government
This award recognises individuals, groups or organisations within government that have demonstrated a significant contribution to maintaining Australia's biosecurity integrity.
AUSVETPLAN Technical Review Group
From foot-and-mouth disease to rabies and equine influenza, the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN) provides comprehensive response strategies for use in the event of an animal disease outbreak in Australia. This series of 95 manuals and supporting documents has become renowned as the international benchmark for emergency disease response and is constantly updated by the Technical Review Group to ensure the latest scientific advances are incorporated into Australia’s biosecurity strategy.
I-Lyn Loo, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
I-Lyn Loo is being recognised for excellence in policy for the creation of a list of the most damaging invasive plant and vertebrate animal species to agriculture in Western Australia. Her extensive use of expert panels and economic analysis has resulted in a clear strategic direction that allows finite government resources to be allocated where they are needed most.
National Banana Freckle Eradication Program, NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries
The National Banana Freckle Eradication Program to remove a new strain of a fungal disease affecting bananas in the Top End is the largest pest response in Australia to date. After the destruction of almost half a million banana plants in just eight months, this highly successful project is well on the way to eradicating the disease from Australia.
2016 Australian Biosecurity Awards booklet
Call for nominations for the 2017 Australian Biosecurity Awards will occur in the second half of 2016.
For more information on the Australian Biosecurity Awards contact:
Engagement, Assurance and Governance Program
Mail: Australian Biosecurity Awards
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GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601