Message from the CEO February 2022

Welcome to the February edition of Tendrils!

2022 has certainly taken off to a flying start with the announcements of two new five-year programs; CitrusWatch designed to bolster surveillance and increase expertise or early detection of high priority pests and Phase 4 of the National Fruit Fly Council for the continued coordination of fruit fly management in Australia. PHA welcomes this investment, and we look forward to working with our project partners to deliver improved biosecurity outcomes.

In the flurry of new year activity, the Australian Government recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Indonesia to cement our trade partnership with our largest export market for wheat and committed $68.4 million to agricultural traceability to develop a National traceability Summit to promote the uptake and development of new traceability technologies and systems. This national approach to traceability is crucial to protecting our country from exotic pests and pathogens and to demonstrate the quality of our exports. Additionally the government has also funded training for small grain exporters to help meet Australian and importing country quality standards to retain and access to new export markets.

Early next month, the annual ABARES Outlook 2022 will be held. The virtual conference themed ‘Growing agriculture through innovation and sustainability’ will feature sessions on national and global agricultural outlook, labour market issues, key commodities, sustainability reporting and more. Day three features a ‘future of biosecurity’ panel with Andrew Metcalfe (DAWE) Kathleen Plowman (AHA), Malcolm Letts (QDAF), Sal Milici (Freight and Trade Alliance) and I. The panel will explore the transformations required to maintain our pest and disease free status. Register for free today.

In May, the Biosecurity Collective – PHA, Animal Health Australia, Invasive Species Council and Centre for Invasive Species Solutions – will host the 2nd Australian Biosecurity Symposium. The event will be held 3 – 5 May 2022 on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Abstracts have closed for the event, and we’ve announced a few keynote speakers including Dr Norman Swan and Dr Anika Molesworth. With only three months to go, make sure you register to attend what is sure to be a biosecurity highlight for 2022.

As Lunar New Year celebrations in 2022 come to an end, don’t forget to ensure any gifts you receive don’t pose a biosecurity risk. Also as international travel resumes it is important to remember to declare any food, plant or animal products, keep an eye out for hitchhiker pests and call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881 if you spot anything unusual.

2022 is already shaping up to be another bumper year for PHA and it’s members. While the PHA team has demonstrated great flexibility and resilience under Covid-19 restrictions, we are looking forward to renewing and strengthening our partnerships in face-to-face settings!

 

Sarah Corcoran
CEO, Plant Health Australia

Message from the CEO January 2022

This year is shaping up to be a busy one for us at Plant Health Australia (PHA) with exciting new projects and collaborations underway.

We are thrilled to announce that the National Fruit Fly Council (NFFC) has secured funding for phase 4 of the project that strategically coordinates fruit fly management in Australia over the next five years (2021 – 2026). Phase 4 is a joint initiative between Hort Innovation and PHA with co-investment from State governments and horticultural industries. The Council will continue to work with growers and fruit fly management community groups across all states and territories to control the pest on a national scale.

CitrusWatch is a new five-year national citrus industry biosecurity program, which is a collaborative effort between Hort Innovation, Citrus Australia, Plant Health Australia, and the Northern Territory Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade (NT DITT) and research group, Cesar Australia, providing surveillance, communications and research support.

Later this year we can look forward to the Australian Biosecurity Symposium that will focus on research, innovation and knowledge sharing across the biosecurity collective. The event will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, from 3 – 5 May 2022. The call for abstracts has been extended until 28 January 2022.

On 16 December 2021 I had the opportunity to host a Joint Industry Government Surveillance workshop with 40 representatives from industry and government participating. We discussed the need for improved collaboration and partnership to strengthen biosecurity and surveillance across northern Australia. This was the first workshop in a series with the next one scheduled for March this year.

In late December a quick-thinking traveller who returned from Italy, reported a suspicious bug while in quarantine in Melbourne. It turns out she spotted one of Australia’s high priority exotic pests, brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). This is a timely reminder that biosecurity is a shared responsibility and to call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881 if you spot anything unusual.

Also in December, the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment finalised amendments to export rules. Among other things, the amended rules now provide additional clarification and regulation of bulk vessels used to export grain and plant products. It is designed to make export regulation easier to understand and comply with. By supporting the export of a broader range of agricultural products it will encourage farmers, producers and exporters to engage in international trade.

As Australia continues facing significant and evolving threats from exotic pests and diseases, PHA remains committed to strengthening the plant biosecurity system in 2022, together with industry and government partners.

Sarah Corcoran
CEO, Plant Health Australia

NFFC will continue to prevent fruit fly in Australia

The National Fruit Fly Council (NFFC) has secured funding from Hort Innovation for phase 4 of the project that will strategically coordinate fruit fly management in Australia over the next five years (2021 – 2026).

Fruit fly is one of the biggest trade barriers for horticulture products and many species of fruit fly pose a threat to Australia’s horticultural industries, both endemic and exotic. In 2016 the cost of fruit fly in Australia was estimated to be $300 million due to control measures and international trade restrictions.

The project is a joint initiative between Plant Health Australia (PHA) and Hort Innovation, with co-investment from State governments and horticultural industries. The Council will continue to work with growers and fruit fly management community groups across all states and territories to control the pest on a national scale.

As a strategic advisory body, the NFFC brings fruit fly affected stakeholders and subject matter experts together to formulate strategies and recommendations to strengthen the national fruit fly system.

“There is real value in having industry and government stakeholders in one room to address fruit fly issues at a national level,” said Byron De Kock, Head of Research and Development at Hort Innovation.

The NFFC consists of federal and state governments, industry representatives, and research funders who collectively consider solutions to fruit fly challenges that will lead to a cost-effective and sustainable approach to managing fruit flies, and exotic fruit fly risks, across Australia.

“Horticulture’s contribution to Australia’s Ag2030 goal of $100 billion in production by 2030 relies on pest management systems to support increased productivity, market access and diversification, and our reputation for high quality and sustainable produce,” said Dr Mila Bristow, National Manager Performance and Innovation at Plant Health Australia.

The new project will provide a national strategic direction to manage fruit fly in Australia, including managing the risk of exotic species to support a robust national system for trade and production. It will prioritise research and development activities to meet fruit fly management needs. The project will also facilitate communication and cooperation between governments, industries, researchers, and communities to progress strategically important national fruit fly issues.

“Phase 4 will continue to build on a considerable body of work in recent years, which has increased national engagement and identified priorities to strengthen the national fruit fly system and Australia’s trade position,” said Stuart Burgess, NFFC Manager.

Major achievements of Phase 3 (2018-2021) of the project include the production and launch of the National Fruit Fly Strategy 2020-2025 and annual implementation plans, and delivery of the 2021 National Fruit Fly Symposium which brought together fruit fly stakeholders across Australia. The key strength of the council during Phase 3 was in providing a neutral platform for stakeholders to collectively examine fruit fly issues.

Phase 4 is unique given horticultural industries’ financial contribution, along with past funding partners (Hort Innovation and State governments).

New biosecurity collaboration to protect Australian citrus industry

Australia’s $900 million citrus industry could face serious production and market access risks if the industry is not adequately prepared to manage future biosecurity threats.

A new five-year national biosecurity program, CitrusWatch, is a collaborative effort that is designed to protect the citrus industry from harmful exotic pests and diseases such as Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) and huánglóngbìng (HLB).

CitrusWatch is funded by Hort Innovation, using the citrus research and development levy, the Plant Health Australia (PHA) biosecurity levy and contributions from the Australian Government.  The Northern Territory Government’s Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade (the department) and research group, Cesar Australia, will provide surveillance, communication and research support.

Led by PHA, with activities coordinated by Citrus Australia, the program aims to expand surveillance, conduct industry training, lead risk assessment and modelling, and improve governance and collaboration.

“CitrusWatch is designed to bolster surveillance mechanisms and increase expertise to quickly detect, identify, and address incursions of high priority pests,” said Dr Sharyn Taylor, National Manager Surveillance and Diagnostics at PHA.

Early detection of an exotic pest means taking early containment or eradication action during an incursion. A strong collaboration of industry, government and the community set a new standard in successfully eradicating citrus canker from the Northern Territory and north-west Western Australia. Australia was declared citrus canker free within three years of first detecting the disease.

“CitrusWatch will further build and protect this partnership approach,” said Dr Taylor.

The Northern Territory Government’s Chief Plant Health Officer, Dr Anne Walters, said the department is looking forward to utilising existing relationships across northern Australia to deliver the five-year project.

“Building on our learnings from the recent citrus canker eradication and odour detection programs will enable us to develop more effective and robust approaches to identify and target high priority pests. We are particularly excited about the opportunity to engage with industry and the community to extend our surveillance network and improve awareness of biosecurity more broadly,” said Dr Walters.

The Australian citrus industry is a large and vibrant horticultural industry, with over 28,000 hectares of citrus planted by around 1,400 growers. Oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, grapefruit and tangelos are grown in most states and territories.

“Australian citrus is a mature export industry with access to most major markets around the world,” said Citrus Australia CEO Nathan Hancock.“An exotic pest or disease incursion could shut the industry down overnight. We have a strong focus on staying disease and pest free to maintain access to world markets and support our growers,” he said.

CitrusWatch’s holistic surveillance approach will not only include commercial production areas, but also, high-density, high-risk, urban and peri-urban regions throughout Australia, to support both an industry and community early detection network.

As part of the program, the Biosecurity Plan for the Citrus Industry (Version 3, PHA 2015), will be reviewed and updated. Modelling the Asian citrus psyllid risk of entry, spread and establishment based on available biological and climatic data, will also be an important program activity.

Message from the CEO December 2021

Despite recent flood and rain damage in the eastern states bringing heartbreak to some producers so close to harvest, the gross production value for crop growers is forecast to reach a record-breaking $78 billion – $5.4 billion more than predicted just a few months ago. Similarly, the value of agricultural exports is forecast to hit a record $61 billion. These are welcome figures for Australian producers who have been faced with drought, fires, floods, plagues, and the trade impacts of COVID-19 over the past two years. However, we need to remain vigilant with many plant diseases at our doorstep that could rapidly derail these promising results.

After experiencing one of the wettest Novembers in two decades, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology declared a La Niña event earlier this month with above average summer rainfall expected across most of northern and eastern Australia. Although La Niña is variable, it is encouraging news for those regions who have experienced years of ongoing drought. As our continent soaks up this beautiful rain replenishing water storage above and below ground, it will also bring with it a flourish of life in the form of weeds, pests and disease that can have significant impact to production.

In PHA news, we are excited to announce three new projects that will continue our work to minimise plant pest impacts, boost productivity and profitability for our plant industries.

CitrusWatch is a new five-year national biosecurity program; designed to protect the citrus industry from harmful exotic pests and diseases such as Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) and huánglóngbìng (HLB).

A new three-year National Bee Pest Surveillance Program (NBPSP), funded via Hort Innovation from levies of pollination reliant industries, will build on the success of previous work and will continue to monitor high-risk ports for honey bee pests that threaten the Australian honey bee industry.

With the conclusion of Phase 3 (2018 – 2021) of the National Fruit Fly Council this month, we are working with our partners to secure funding for Phase 4 of the project over the next five-years. Read about the key activities delivered during Phase 3 below.

Our member meetings (AGM, Member Forum, Plant Industry Form (PIF), EPPRD signatories and AHA/PHA Joint Industry Forum) were held virtually last month. At the PIF, we welcomed Nathan Hancock CEO of Citrus Australia as the new Chairperson of the committee as well as Zarmeen Hassan (National Manager, Engagement and Extension, AUSVEG) and Rose Daniel (Technical Manager APAL) who have joined Anna Hooper (Manager, Industry Policy, Australian Grape and Wine) and Jenny Treeby (Industry Development Manager, Australian Table Grape Association). I look forward to working with the PIF in 2022 to progress national biosecurity outcomes across our plant industries and there is still room available on the committee to ensure we have a good cross section of our industries represented.

We also launched our new Strategic Plan 2022 –27 setting PHA’s direction for the next five years at our Members meeting. The new Strategic Plan considers the challenges and opportunities that may present in the near future and outlines our plan to improve Australia’s ability to identify and detect threats. The three pillars of our new strategy are responding effectively, strengthening partnerships, and enhancing integration. A copy of our new Strategic Plan 2022-27 is available for download on our website.

Earlier this month we launched three revamped courses on our Biosecurity Online Training platform. The free online courses, Plant Biosecurity in Australia, Pest Reporting and Responses (for Growers and Researchers) offer greater interactivity to enhance the online learning experience. Information on how to register is available on our website.

As we look ahead to 2022, the Australian Biosecurity Symposium has secured Dr Norman Swan, one of Australia’s most well-respected health journalists, to deliver the keynote speech. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 28 January 2022 and we encourage anyone who are inspired to influence the direction of Australia’s future biosecurity system, who want to share research and innovation, or explore outside-of-the-box thinking and engage in challenging discussions, to submit their work.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our members, stakeholders and staff for their steadfast support during a challenging, yet productive year and wish you all a happy festive season and well-deserved break. PHA will be closing for the holidays from close of business on 24 December 2021 and will reopen on Tuesday, 4 January 2022. We look forward to working with and supporting you in 2022.

Sarah Corcoran
CEO, Plant Health Australia

PHA Board meeting 105

The Plant Health Australia (PHA) Board met virtually on Monday 29 November 2021, for Board Meeting 105.

Dr Simon McKirdy attended the first Board meeting following his appointment as a Director at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 23 November 2021. Kim Halbert and Doug Philips were also in attendance having been reappointed as Directors at the AGM.

First on the agenda was the appointment of PHA’s Chairperson for the next two years, and Steve McCutcheon was reappointed, with Dr Joanne Daly taking on the role of Deputy Chairperson for one year.

Discussions focused on the recent release of plant biosecurity strategies and plans, including PHA’s Strategic Plan 2022-2027, and progress on the National Plant Biosecurity Strategy (NPBS) 2021-2031. Other items of note included:

  • a progress report on the portfolio of digital systems administered by PHA
  • the signing of the new PHA/AHA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • a review of financial reports and audits, risk mitigation plans and strategies and other internal policies.

Operational reports presented PHA’s Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) management and compliance, including PHA’s revamped free online training courses and the number of open incidents and current response plans including mango shoot looper and khapra beetle. Membership applications, a 2022 PHA member satisfaction survey, and assessing the implementation of the 2022-2027 PHA strategy was also discussed.

In other business, the Board welcomed the appointment of Nathan Hancock as Chairperson of the Plant Industry Forum (PIF).

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 2 March 2022 in Brisbane, Queensland.

New surveillance project to monitor honey bee pests

Hort Innovation and Plant Health Australia (PHA) are proud to announce a new three-year National Bee Pest Surveillance Program (NBPSP). Funded by Hort Innovation, the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council and Grains Producers Australia (GPA), in collaboration with state and territory governments, the program will continue to monitor for honey bee pests that threaten the Australian honey bee industry.

Honey bees are critical for the production of many crops, pollinating around 65 per cent of agricultural and horticultural crops in Australia. Their contribution to the Australian economy through pollination services and products is estimated to be $14.3 billion per annum. The almond and grains industries both rely on honey bees for production, with the almond industry relying exclusively on honey bees for pollination.

“Access to healthy honey bees is critical for our industry in pollinating our crop each year. It is important we do whatever we can to protect our bees and the apiary businesses that support us from exotic pests and diseases,” said Deidre Jaensch, Industry Development Manager at Almond Board of Australia.

GPA Chair and Western Australian grain producer, Barry Large, said the Surveillance Program, was essential to helping protect the profitability and sustainability of Australian grain producers.

“Bee pollination plays a vital part in our $13 billion industry; especially contributing to yield increases for grain producers who grow canola and lupin crops,” he said.

“GPA is proud to support this initiative as part of our national role working with PHA, governments and other stakeholders to enhance the strength of our biosecurity systems and safeguard Australian grain producers.”

Eleven exotic pests that could pose a significant threat to pollination services have been identified. Arguably the most important of these is Varroa mite, a parasitic mite present in Europe, North and South America, Africa, parts of Asia and New Zealand that has contributed to the collapse of honey bee industries in these regions.

Although Australia is free from Varroa and other significant honey bee pests, with strong border biosecurity in place, there is constant pressure on the biosecurity system to maintain this freedom. This is largely a result of the hitch-hiking nature of the European honey bee and exotic honey bee colonies on sea cargo.

Hort Innovation Research and Development Manager Ashley Zamek said we are fortunate that a lot of the pests and diseases that are serious threats to honey bees and in-turn the plant industries that are dependent on pollination, are not in Australia.

Ms Zamek said, however, that is not because of luck. “Australia’s largely healthy honey bee population is the result of intensive, world-leading surveillance efforts combined with the vigilance and support of organisations and government agencies across the country.”

To deal with mounting biosecurity pressures, the NBPSP was first established in 2012 to monitor major ports and surrounding areas. The current program which concludes in 2021, is one of the leading surveillance programs for bee pests and pest bees in the world.

“The newly funded NBPSP, builds on the success of the previous program by continuing to focus on monitoring for bee pests, diseases and pest bees at high-risk ports,” said Dr Sharyn Taylor, National Manager Surveillance and Diagnostics at Plant Health Australia.

PHA will once again coordinate and administrate the program on a national level. The program will run from December 2021 to December 2024, and operate using a risk-based approach, undertaking activities at ports identified to be the highest risk of entry and establishment of bee pests.

“A consistent national approach is key to enhance early detection of target pests and the project has embedded a strong coordination role to capture and monitor program activities, as well as undertake consultation for a sustainable funding mechanism for any future surveillance programs,” said Dr Taylor.

“A risk based approach has been developed to identify the highest risk ports for monitoring under the new NBPSP, this means activities tested and developed in the last program will be deployed nationally to ensure we are using techniques suitable for the main pest risks,” she said.

“This is such an important program that will benefit everyone whether you’re a back yard gardener, a commercial grower or someone who just loves eating Australian grown food – we all benefit from keeping our bees safe,” said Ms Jaensch.

Biosecurity key as ag production set for record year

The Australian agriculture industry is set to make history this financial year with a forecast to reach $78 billion in value.

According to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) latest outlook released recently, both crop growers and livestock producers will see record values of $43 billion and $33.4 billion respectively.

These are welcome figures indeed for Australian producers who have been faced with droughts, fires, floods, plagues, and the trade impacts of COVID-19 in recent years.

Animal Health Australia (AHA) and Plant Health Australia (PHA) welcome this prosperous news but remain vigilant; with many animal and plant diseases at our doorstep – which could rapidly and significantly derail the track toward the record-breaking figures – ongoing investment to protect the livelihood of producers and the end-to-end supply chain has never been more important.

CEO of Animal Health Australia, Kathleen Plowman, said the announcement of a Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 Roadmap reiterates the importance of maintaining robust biosecurity management practices.

“Even with a highly effective biosecurity system, there is still a risk that new pests and diseases will enter the country. A large multi-state Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak in Australia could cost an estimated $5 billion per year until its eradication,” Ms Plowman said.

“Biosecurity equals food security. Without a strong biosecurity system, our economy and our Australian way of life will suffer and diminish.

“Biosecurity enhances our ability to manage the risk of pests and diseases entering, emerging, establishing or spreading in Australia,” Ms Plowman said.

Both AHA and PHA are coordinators for government-industry partnerships and improve national biosecurity outcomes by bringing together stakeholders to share knowledge, experience, and, ultimately, responsibility, by joining forces to address biosecurity threats and prevent their arrival.

CEO of Plant Health Australia, Sarah Corcoran, said our biosecurity system relies on strong partnerships:

“Damage to plants caused by pests and disease varies across species, but it’s estimated that 20 – 40 per cent of crops are lost every year,” Ms Corcoran said.

“When considering the impacts of pests and diseases in the context of the invasion curve, the return on investment in prevention at the beginning of the curve is higher than the economic return of ongoing management, making a strong case for continued investment in preparedness activities.

“Farm biosecurity is an example of how good biosecurity practices enable producers to identify and reduce the risks posed by diseases, pests and weeds. Biosecurity is part of the Australian value proposition, adding value to our highly reputable agricultural products both domestically and internationally,” Ms Corcoran said.

Identifying exotic pest and disease threats, the ways in which they may enter Australia and prioritising threats according to their potential impact allows the most serious risks to be targeted.

Strong investment in biosecurity activities such as surveillance, pathway analysis, border screening, inspection and planning enhances our ability to detect, identify, contain, and manage pests and diseases should they arrive.

PHA revamps online course offering

Plant Health Australia (PHA) has recently revamped three online courses that now offer greater interactivity and designs to enhance the online learning experience.

The three online courses, Plant Biosecurity in Australia, Pest Reporting and Responses (for Growers and Researchers) now have improved graphics and interactive elements such as pop-up text boxes and flip text boxes.

PHA’s Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) platform provides e-learning courses related to emergency plant pest and disease preparedness, arrangements and biosecurity.

New pests and diseases can devastate farm productivity and native ecosystems and affect access of Australian goods to overseas markets.

“By reporting an exotic pest or disease early, there is a greater chance it will be successfully contained and eradicated. For this reason it is vital to report any suspected new pests, pathogens or new hosts,” said Dr Susanna Driessen, PHA’s General Manager, Emergency Response.

The Plant Biosecurity in Australia course provides a summary of the Australian biosecurity system and how emergency responses to plant pests are managed under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD). This course replaces the PHA Foundation course.

“This course is aimed at anyone interested in plant biosecurity in Australia and is a prerequisite course for biosecurity training delivered by TOCAL College as part of the Biosecurity Response Training Australia (BERTA) program,” Susanna said.

The short course, Growers – Pest Reporting and Responses, is aimed at growers, farm workers and agronomists, and provides a better understanding of reporting and responding to plant pests.

“This course focusses on the role of growers in reporting and responding to plant pests in Australia. Growers, farm workers, and agronomists will get a better understanding of how to report pests and what happens after they do,” she said.

“Reporting increases the chance of effective control and eradication, which reduces the impact on agriculture. This is what will keep our industries competitive, healthy and in-demand for years to come.”

Researchers have an obligation to report plant pests that are potentially exotic to Australia or new to a specific region. The Researchers – Pest Reporting and Responses course highlights the benefits of biosecurity, how to implement biosecurity practices and how to report a new or unusual pest or disease.

Access to BOLT courses is free and available to anyone with an interest in biosecurity. Courses undergo regular reviews to ensure they remain current and relevant.

Information on how to register is available on the PHA website.

National Fruit Fly Council appoints new manager

Plant Health Australia (PHA) and Hort Innovation are proud to announce that Stuart Burgess has been appointed as the new manager of the National Fruit Fly Council (NFFC).

Stuart brings professional expertise in industry leadership in trade and biosecurity related programs with wide ranging experience in whole of industry leadership, management, and development at national, state and business levels, across a broad spectrum of government, industry and commercial sectors.

He is highly experienced, having been the CEO of Fruit Growers Tasmania and Fund Manager and Industry Services Manager at Hort Innovation. Stuart brings a rich understanding of biosecurity particularly as it relates to trade and bilateral trade operations and a strong and long-term connection to the Australian horticultural and agricultural sectors.

“I’m very excited to join the NFFC. With my expertise in industry leadership in trade and biosecurity related programs across sectors, I’m ready to hit the ground running,” said Stuart.

The presence of some species of exotic fruit fly in Australia could devastate Australia’s domestic and international horticultural trade valued at over $9 billion.

The NFFC works with growers and fruit fly management community groups across all states and territories to develop and communicate management options for fruit fly on a national scale. The council focuses on improving the bottom line for producers through initiatives that enable them to produce clean, fruit-fly free produce, which will result in better domestic and international market access.

Stuart will continue to monitor and drive progress against the National Fruit Fly Strategy and lead the development of a cost-effective and sustainable national approach to fruit fly management.

“Stuart is the perfect fit with a strong and long-term connection to the Australian horticultural and agricultural sectors” said Matt Brand, CEO of Hort Innovation.

“The NFFC is a great example of another successful partnership between industry and government. Stuart’s selection emphasises PHA’s ongoing commitment to a strong biosecurity partnership,” said Mila Bristow, PHA’s National Manager: Performance and Innovation.

Along with a full-time project officer, Stuart will be supported by PHA’s Executive Management Team with oversight from Mila Bristow, National Manager: Performance and Innovation. The NFFC is funded by Hort Innovation.

Visit the Prevent Fruit Fly website for more information on Stuart and the NFFC’s work. Follow the NFFC on Twitter @PreventFruitFly for the latest news.