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Board update – meetings 97 and 98

March 24, 2020

Board meeting 97

Plant Health Australia (PHA) held its 97th Board meeting in Sydney on Wednesday 26 February 2020. The following day the Board visited the Clyde International Mail Centre which was very well supported by staff from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. More

Industry liaison training delivered in Brisbane

March 24, 2020

Plant Health Australia (PHA) and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) collaborated to deliver industry liaison training to plant industry representatives on 6 March in Brisbane.

The training focused on how a biosecurity emergency response works and the role of an industry liaison during a response. More

Annual Diagnostician’s Workshop 2020

March 24, 2020

The ninth Annual Diagnostician’s Workshop held in Brisbane on 3 and 4 March 2020 brought together diagnosticians from Australia and New Zealand to share their current diagnostic activities and experiences.

The 84 attendees represented 19 organisations including all jurisdictions, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries, Scion Research, CSIRO, Sugar Research Australia, multiple universities and PHA. More

Launch of the International Year of Plant Health in Australia

February 6, 2020

Garnering support across Australia to protect plants from pests and diseases is the aim of the launch of the International Year of Plant Health at Parliament House, Canberra on 6 February 2020.

For the first time in history, the United Nations General Assembly has focused global attention on plant health by declaring 2020 the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). More

Board update – Annual General Meeting and Board meeting 96

December 19, 2019

Plant Health Australia’s (PHA’s) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Canberra on Tuesday 19 November 2019. A number of member meetings were held around the AGM, including the 30th Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) Parties Meeting  on Wednesday 20 November. More

International Year of Plant Health for 2020

December 19, 2019

Australia will be making the most of the International Year of Plant Health in 2020 by promoting how much Australians value plants, and how we can best protect them.

Executive Director and CEO of PHA, Greg Fraser, said this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of protecting plants from pests and diseases. More

New hub of biosecurity information for botanic gardens launched

December 19, 2019

The Botanic Gardens Biosecurity Network, a community of practice bringing together botanic gardens staff, friends and volunteers, and biosecurity experts, has recently launched their website.

The aim of the Network is to build biosecurity knowledge and capacity to protect botanic gardens from plant pests and diseases. More

National forum focuses on protecting forests

December 19, 2019

On 31 October 2019, senior representatives from the Australian Government, state governments, and forest sector met in Melbourne to discuss a proposed National Forest Pest Surveillance Program.

All parties attending agreed there was need for a national program to mitigate the risks posed by exotic forest pests to Australia’s native forests, plantations and urban trees. More

A biosecurity plan for the sweetpotato industry

December 13, 2019

Australia’s sweetpotato industry is now be better prepared for the risk of new pests and diseases from overseas following the release of a biosecurity plan for the industry.

The plan identifies the high priority exotic pests and diseases of sweetpotato, and actions industry and government can take to protect against them. More

Announcement of PHA Board members

November 25, 2019

Plant Health Australia is pleased to announce the reappointment of Steve McCutcheon, Robert Prince and Joanne Daly as Board members at the PHA Annual General Meeting in Canberra on 19 November 2019.

Steve McCutcheon was reappointed as Chairperson and Liz Alexander as Deputy Chairperson at the PHA Board meeting on 21 November 2019. More