Our ILOs in action – broadening the focus of industry
11 Dec 2018
The Northern Australia Biosecurity Surveillance project was formed in 2016 with funding from the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. As part of this project, three Industry Liaison Officer (ILO) positions were created in northern Australia, across the plant, animal and aquatic industries.
Earlier this month, the ILOs – Jess Rummery, Helen Jenkins and Trevor Dunmall – travelled to Canberra and presented their work and achievements since they started in their role in 2017 to Department of Agriculture and Water Res
With over 150 in attendance, the audience heard details about how the production systems in northern Australia are vastly different to the southern areas of Australia.
The ILOs highlighted the key challenges in managing biosecurity in the region and the importance of implementing sound biosecurity practices to protect Australia’s natural environment and agriculture.
‘It was a great opportunity to provide a snapshot of our roles and some of the challenges people working in agriculture across northern Australia face,’ Trevor, ILO, Plant Health Australia, shared.
It is important for all of us, whether in industry or government to build strong relationships within and between sectors as only by working collaboratively will our industries reach the potential that we believe is achievable.”
Industry often focus on the pest and diseases that are already here. The role of the ILOs is to broaden the focus of industry to include the increasing risks posed by exotic pests and diseases while working with government to embrace inclusiveness in the biosecurity space.