Queensland’s environment and agricultural sector will be better protected after the new Biosecurity Act was passed in State Parliament today.
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said the new legislation rolled multiple Acts, some dating back decades, into one streamlined Act.
“This legislation will provide an important safeguard for our primary industries for future generations,” Mr McVeigh said.
“We are committed to doubling farm production in Queensland by 2040. But to deliver this, we must address the challenges from new and re-emerging pests and diseases.
“Due to our geographical location, our tropical climate and numerous ports, Queensland is at the front line of biosecurity pest and disease concerns for Australia.
“Maintaining confidence in our biosecurity systems is vital for ensuring access to global markets and developing new opportunities for our world-class farm products.”
Mr McVeigh said the new Act would cut red tape and allow stakeholders to share the responsibility for prevention, management and responses across the diverse range of biosecurity risks.
“This new legislation provides comprehensive regulatory powers and tools that can be tailored to address the unique challenges presented by individual biosecurity threats,” he said.
“It will also enhance flexibility for frontline staff and ensure that Queensland continues to innovate and lead the nation in prevention, responses and recovery from pests and diseases.
“I acknowledge the significant contribution made by agriculture peak bodies, councils, natural resource management groups and other stakeholders in developing the legislation.
“Our next step will be to develop the regulations that support the Act.
“This process will involve significant consultation and I encourage all industry bodies and stakeholders to play an active role during the development process.”For more information, visit www.daff.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23