LOCKYER Valley producers are in a better position to receive the latest biosecurity advice with several Biosecurity Queensland officers now working out of the Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries (QPIF) Gatton Research Station.
Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin said the move meant Biosecurity Queensland was now well placed to serve all producers in the region.
“Producers will be able to build stronger relationships with experienced officers following recent staff moves to the Gatton Research Station,” he said.
“The research station is now a significant Biosecurity Queensland centre which delivers services to the region across several program areas.
“These include animal biosecurity, animal welfare and plant biosecurity.
“The new arrivals to the Gatton Research Station will further boost the region as a hub for regional specialist services,” he said.
“Building resources in biosecurity, an area so important to the success of primary producers and to our way of life, will in turn contribute to the success of the Lockyer Valley.”
Principal Biosecurity Officer for the South East Zone, Greg Gates said recent Biosecurity Queensland arrivals to Gatton included those specialised in emergency response and animal welfare.
“Kevin Duff has a state-wide role in the Emergency Management Unit which is set up to train staff in emergency response capability, and has a leading role in any emergency disease situations,” he said.
“Julie Martin is a Biosecurity Queensland inspector who co-ordinates the state-wide animal welfare compliance activities.
“Patricia Swift is a specialist apiaries officer who covers most of the apiaries activities for the southern part of the zone, including the metropolitan area.
“Nigel Boyce is a biosecurity inspector and abattoir liaison.
“Nigel recently moved to the district and is the state co-ordinator for Tuberculosis surveillance in abattoirs and covers all aspects of animal biosecurity and welfare operations for the area.
For more information contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or www.dpi.qld.gov.au