A draft biosecurity strategy awaits Canberrans’ input

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SHANE Rattenbury has released a draft “Biosecurity Strategy for the ACT” for public consultation.

“A biosecurity outbreak like equine influenza could threaten our local animals and plants – and cost our community millions,” Shane said.

“That’s why we need a plan for government, industry, and the community to work together to protect Canberra from these risks.

“We will be aiming to manage pest and disease risks by preventing their entry into the ACT, containing and eradicating any new entries, and minimising the impacts of pests and diseases that can’t be eradicated.

“Canberrans need to understand the risks that exotic pests pose, and that biosecurity is a shared responsibility. Community input will help us make sure the strategy meets the needs of everyone across the city.

“I hope the final strategy will give us a blueprint to protect our local environment, agribusiness and the community from biosecurity risks.”

To view the draft strategy or provide feedback visit the Time to Talk website or an ACT Library. Consultation closes 5 pm Wednesday 19 August 2015.

The ACT Government is also holding biosecurity training exercises to help with preparedness.

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