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PUBLIC SECTOR RESPONDS TO SUSPECTED FRUIT FLY INCURSION

Tasmania’s professional public sector has swung into action to respond to several suspected Queensland fruit fly incursions.  Biosecurity Tasmania staff have put in place a well-planned strategy designed to respond to this risk to our prized export industries.

“I understand an incident management team has been established to manage the response based at the Prospect Offices with forward teams stationed at both Stoney Rise, Devonport and Whitemark on Flinders Island”, said CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch.

“These teams are enacting responses they have planned and trained for, responses designed to understand the incursions and seek to eliminate the risks as quickly as possible”, said Mr. Lynch.

“I have been assured Biosecurity Tasmania, with support from its Agency DPIPWE and the whole of the State Service, has the capacity and ability to deal with this situation.  I also understand biosecurity experts from other states have offered to provide assistance if required”, said Mr. Lynch.

The Queensland fruit fly is a serious economic pest and if it was to become established in Tasmania we could see both domestic and international borders close to our fruit exports.  Because of this Biosecurity Tasmania has prepared to respond to incursions like these.

“Its times like this Tasmanians see the value of a well-resourced, professional public sector”, said Mr. Lynch.

“It’s easy for politicians to talk about the cost of the public sector but in emergency situations it’s the value that is seen – protecting our unique island state, our brand, our markets, our businesses and our jobs” said Mr. Lynch.

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