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Subscribing to get DPIPWE’s Biosecurity Advisories is the best way you can keep yourself up-to-date and fully informed about Tasmanian biosecurity issues. Our Advisories cover topics such as changes or proposed changes to Tasmania’s import regulations, animal health and welfare, plant health, forthcoming regulation reviews and opportunities for public comment, new or emerging pest/disease risks and a range of other matters related to Tasmania’s biosecurity.


136 advisories found for Natural environment.
 

Biosecurity Advisory 15/2019 - Public comment invited on proposal to import Caracal into Tasmania

​The Wildlife Management Branch of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment have received a submission for the Caracal (Caracal caracal) species profile for consideration to import into Tasmania. 

Public comments are invited by 14  August 2019.

Details of the species profile and risk assessment are available for viewing on the DPIPWE website at:  

https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/wildlife-management/management-of-wildlife/wildlife-imports/species-risk-assessments-for-comment

For further enquiries on the import proposal please contact:

Wildlife Management Branch
DPIPWE
200 Collins Street 
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Fax: 03 6173 0253


(2/8/2019)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 14/2019 – ​ Call for public comment on Regulatory Impact Statement – draft Plant Quarantine Amendment Regulations 2019

The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing opportunities for industry and community involvement in the development of Government policy. We are seeking your input on the draft Plant Quarantine Amendment Regulations 2019.

A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been prepared in accordance with Schedule 2 of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1992.  The RIS provides complete information on the objects of the proposed regulatory changes (which include an increase to fees for specific biosecurity inspection services to further boost frontline biosecurity and other initiatives) and an assessment of the known impacts of the changes.

Submissions are invited on any aspect of this RIS and accompanying draft Plant Quarantine Amendment Regulations 2019.  Comment is especially invited on the potential costs and benefits of the draft Amendment Regulations for business and other sectors of the community.

All written submissions must be received by 5.00 pm on Tuesday 30 July 2019.

Submissions can be forwarded to:
Or mail:
Office of the General Manager
Biosecurity Tasmania 
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
GPO Box 44
Hobart, TAS 7001

More information regarding the public submission process, the draft Plant Quarantine Amendment Regulations 2019 and accompanying RIS can be viewed at dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/about-biosecurity-tasmania/draft-plant-quarantine-amendment-regulations

(8/7/2019)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife; Livestock; Marine pests;


Biosecurity Advisory 13/2019 – ​ Applications for Small Grants under the Weeds Action Fund are now open

The Tasmanian Government Weeds Action Fund (WAF) is a ground-breaking fund with a total budget of $5 million over five years to tackle weeds that are impacting on valuable agricultural and environmental assets.

This will ensure we can step up the fight against significant agricultural and environmental weeds, helping farmers, land managers and the community in general to reduce the cost and impact weeds cause.

It has been recently estimated that weeds cost Australian agriculture almost $5 billion annually, including control costs and loss of production.

The funds are to be invested with farmers, Landcare and other community organisations to tackle high priority weeds impacting valuable agricultural and environmental assets.  Weed management is a shared responsibility and the fund aims to support co-investment to deliver practical on-ground works.

Funding of $140,000 for small grants under Stage 1 of the WAF (‘Small Grants’ program) are now open now until 31 July 2019. 
 
Grant eligibility guidelines, assessment criteria and instructions on how to apply can be found on the DPIPWE website at www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/invasive-species/weeds/weeds-action-fund-small-grants   

A further round of grants with updated guidelines will be released in late 2019.

(14/6/2019)
Categories: Cropping; Freshwater pests; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Marine pests; Natural environment; Plant diseases; Pasture; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Timber imports; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 11/2019 - Notice of public consultation meetings for the Independent Review of the Queensland Fruit Fly Response

The 2018-2019 Queensland fruit fly (QFF) response was the largest biosecurity response in Tasmania’s history. 

An Independent Review into the Tasmanian QFF incursion and response is currently underway.  The aim of the Review is to consider the lessons learnt to ensure that Tasmania is best placed to manage the risk which QFF poses to our horticultural industries.

As the next stage in the review process, a series of public consultation meetings with the Independent Reviewer have been scheduled as follows:
  • FLINDERS ISLAND – Furneaux Arts and Entertainment Centre (Whitemark), Monday 1 July 2019 (5:30-7:30pm).
  • DEVONPORT – Paranaple Arts Centre – Aberdeen Room (145 Rooke St, Devonport), Tuesday 2 July 2019 (5:30-7:30pm).
  • GEORGE TOWN – George Town Community Centre (39-43 Friend St, George Town), Wednesday 3 July 2019 (5:30-7:30pm).
  • HUONVILLE – Huonville Library – Peach & Plum Room (1 Skinner Drive, Huonville), Thursday 4 July 2019 (5:30-7:30pm).
These meetings are open to all members of industry and the general public.  

Please RSVP by 28 June 2019, indicating your intended venue, by emailing: Fruit.Fly.Consultation@dpipwe.tas.gov.au ​


(11/6/2019)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Livestock; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Wildlife;


Biosecurity Advisory 10/2019 – Amendments to Import Requirement 11: Onion Smut and Iris Yellow Spot Tospovirus (IYSV) - Hosts and Vectors

​Amendments to Import Requirement (IR) 11 have come into immediate effect from midnight on Tuesday 28 May 2019, removing import conditions specific to onion smut (whilst still retaining import conditions for Iris Yellow Spot Tospovirus (IYSV).

The disease onion smut (Urocystis cepulae) has been formally reported by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR),  to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat, as no longer being present in Australia. The report was made on 28 May 2019 (https://www.ippc.int/en/countries/australia/pestreports/).

As onion smut is now reported absent from Australia, Biosecurity Tasmania has revoked onion smut (Urocystis cepulae) from being a List A Regulated Quarantine Pest of concern, to a Non-Quarantine Pest on 28 May 2019.

Further, Biosecurity Tasmania has immediately amended the existing import regulatory conditions of IR11 to both:

  1. Recognise the delisting of the disease as a quarantine pest of concern by removing any reference to it in IR11; and
  2. Remove any impositions in trade of Allium species (onions, garlic, chives, shallots, etc) that applied to this disease.

Import conditions remain in place for preventing the entry of the serious viral pathogen, Iris Yellow Spot Virus (IYSV), which could have a very damaging impact on the onion industry in Tasmania if introduced.

The amended version of IR11 is available here (https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/biosecurity/importing-plants/plant-import-requirement-changes )

For more biosecurity information visit the website at: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity or contact Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777 or email: Biosecurity.Tasmania@dpipwe,tas.gov.au

(7/6/2019)
Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Horticulture; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds;


Biosecurity Advisory 9/2019 - Queensland fruit fly Control Area and Infected Area restrictions on Flinders Island have been lifted

​The Queensland fruit fly (QFF) Control Area restrictions for the Furneaux Group of Islands and Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron on Flinders Island have been lifted.

Restrictions were officially lifted at 12:01am, Saturday 30 March 2019.  This means that normal movement of fruit fly host produce for Flinders Island can now resume.

Following the earlier lifting of restrictions for northern Tasmania on 9 January 2019, the lifting of restrictions on Flinders Island now means that all Control Area restrictions have been lifted for the State.

Biosecurity Tasmania would like to once again thank the Flinders Island community for their ongoing support, patience and assistance with the fruit fly response.  Since the initial detection of fruit fly on the Island in early 2018 our aim has been to eradicate this pest.  We are very pleased to report that these efforts have been successful.

Biosecurity Tasmania will continue with fruit fly monitoring and reporting activities, which includes regular checking of the permanent fruit fly trap network across the State.

While the northern Control Area and Furneaux Group of Islands have regained their Pest Free Area Status, all Tasmanians are encouraged to remain aware of the risk of QFF and to be on the lookout for any signs of fruit fly and report any suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3774.

Please remember that everyone must continue to obey Tasmania’s strict rules and regulations regarding not bringing fruit fly host produce into the State from mainland Australia.  Fines may apply. Commercial shipments of fruit and vegetables are permitted only if they comply with special certifications from the state of origin and where required, appropriate treatments to manage risk of QFF entry.

Further information is available on the website: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly

(1/4/2019)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Wildlife; Gene technology;


Biosecurity Advisory 8/2019 - Independent review of the Queensland Fruit Fly response has now commenced

The 2018-2019 Queensland fruit fly (QFF) response was the largest biosecurity response in Tasmania’s history. 

An Independent Review into the Tasmanian QFF incursion and response has now commenced.  The aim of the Review is to consider the lessons learnt to ensure that Tasmania is best placed to manage the risk which QFF poses to our horticultural industries.

Written submissions for the Review can now be lodged until 31 May 2019 to Fruit.Fly.Review@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

 Public meetings will be held in June/July 2019, with the final report to be finalised by year end.  

For more information about the Review and for further instructions on how to make a submission please visit: https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/about-biosecurity-tasmania/independent-review-of-the-queensland-fruit-fly-response​​

(18/3/2019)
Categories: Cropping; Gene technology; Horticulture; Invasive Species; Natural environment; Pasture; Plant diseases; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds;


Biosecurity Advisory 4/2019: Tasmania’s final draft of the Biosecurity Bill 2019 is now available for public comment.

​The final draft of Tasmania’s Biosecurity Bill 2019 is now available for public comment. 

The draft Biosecurity Bill provides a simpler and more effective legal framework for the management of disease, weeds and vermin, imports of plant and animal products, and biosecurity emergencies. 

The new draft Bill will facilitate the sharing of responsibility between Government, industry and the community for biosecurity management. It will retain many of the elements of Tasmania’s existing biosecurity system, but in a modernised and consolidated form.

A draft of the Bill has been provided to key stakeholders and has been published on DPIPWE’s website. For more information, go to: https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/about-biosecurity-tasmania/biosecurity-legislation-review/draft-biosecurity-bill​​

Feedback on the final exposure draft of the Bill can be emailed by 22 February 2019 to biosecuritybill@dpipwe.tas.gov.au​

(31/1/2019)
Categories: Wildlife; Timber imports; Seeds; Policy and Legislation; Plant pests; Plant diseases; Pasture; Natural environment; Marine pests; Livestock; Invasive Species; Horticulture; Gene technology; Freshwater pests; Cropping;


Biosecurity Advisory 3/2019 - Queensland fruit fly Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in northern Tasmania have been lifted

​The Queensland fruit fly (QFF) Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in northern Tasmania have been lifted. The restrictions were put in place in early 2018 following the discovery of QFF in Tasmania.

Northern Tasmania Control Area restrictions lifted

Control Area restrictions were officially lifted at 12.01 am, Wednesday 9 January 2019. This means that normal movement of fruit fly host produce has resumed. 

The valuable local and domestic trade has reopened. Biosecurity Tasmania are working closely with the Australian Government to finalise the technical information each of our trading partners need for international markets to reopen. 

Biosecurity Tasmania will now return to normal fruit fly monitoring and reporting activities on mainland Tasmania, which includes regular checking of the trapping grid across the State as a general surveillance tool.

Restrictions remain for Furneaux Group of Islands​

A single adult male Queensland fruit fly was detected at Lady Barron on Flinders Island during the ongoing surveillance program undertaken by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) late last year

This recent detection of fruit fly has resulted in the continuation of the Control Area restrictions on the Furneaux Group of Islands and the Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron, until March 2019 - pending no further detections.

The Infected Area restrictions at Trousers Point/Loccota and Badger Corner on Flinders Island have been lifted.

Everyone must continue to obey Tasmania’s strict rules and regulations about not bringing fruit fly host produce into the State. Fines may apply. 

Queensland fruit fly remains an ongoing threat. To retain Tasmania’s Pest Free Area status, everyone is asked to remain on the lookout for any signs of fruit fly and report any suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3774. ​

Further information is availabvble on the website at: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly​

(9/1/2019)
Categories: Cropping; Horticulture; Natural environment; Plant pests; Policy and Legislation; Seeds; Plant diseases; Gene technology; Invasive Species; Pasture;


Biosecurity Advisory 2/2019 – Removal from sale of cultivars of Asparagus aethiopicus

Biosecurity Tasmania advises Tasmanian importers and distributors of nursery plants that cultivars of (Plant Biosecurity Manual List A plant species) Asparagus aethiopicus have been detected in outlets, and removed from sale.

Biosecurity Tasmania will be closely monitoring nursery imports for A. aethiopicus cultivars. These will be prevented entry to Tasmania, and removed from sale if found in nurseries.

Plant Biosecurity Manual List A species Asparagus aethiopicus (common names include asparagus fern, ground asparagus, basket asparagus fern, and basket asparagus) has been detected on sale in several retail outlets in Tasmania during 2018. The detected plants were labelled only under trade/cultivar names, without a species name. The plants have been referred to as ‘Asparagus Meyerii’, but could potentially be referred to under a long list of cultivar names, including (but not limited to) Asparagus ‘Myersii’, Asparagus ‘Sprengeri’, and Asparagus ‘Variegata’.

These plants are regarded as cultivars of Asparagus aethiopicus, and were formally declared as weeds in 2017 under the Weed Management Act 1999. Propagation, trade in, and movement of these plants in Tasmania is prohibited. 

Biosecurity Tasmania requests that horticultural plant wholesalers and retailers remain vigilant in ensuring no Asparagus aethiopicus plants are on offer, or in their stock. These plants may be labelled only under their cultivar name so if there is any doubt industry members are asked to please contact Biosecurity Tasmania to have the plants identified.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Michael Noble, Program Coordinator (Invasive Species), Biosecurity Operations Branch, Phone 03 6478 4128 or email michael.noble@dpipwe.tas.gov.au​

(7/1/2019)
Categories: Horticulture; Natural environment; Policy and Legislation;

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