Increasing emergency response capability in the Apple Isle

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In March, PHA’s Biosecurity and Emergency Management Training Manager, Matt Chifley, and Project Officer, Lucy Aukett, delivered Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) awareness and industry liaison (IL) officer training in Tasmania.

The EPPRD awareness training – part of the National Emergency Plant Pest Training Program – was delivered in Hobart on day one to staff from Biosecurity Tasmania. Participants learnt about Tasmania’s obligations as signatories to the EPPRD and how biosecurity emergency responses are managed under the EPPRD.

Making the most of their time in the Apple Isle, Lucy and Matt travelled north from Hobart to Campbell Town with Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment staff to deliver IL training to representatives from Tasmanian plant industries. This session, delivered in conjunction with Biosecurity Tasmania, aimed to improve preparedness for plant biosecurity emergency responses and is available to potential IL officers and coordinators.