Two awards recognise good biosecurity

November 28, 2016

Plant Health Australia (PHA) congratulates the leaders of member organisations Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) and Australian Banana Growers Council (ABGC) for awards they received last week, both of which were underpinned by biosecurity.

Lindsay Bourke, chairman of AHBIC accepted the Agribusiness Award at the National Export Awards at an awards ceremony in Brisbane last week for his company Australian Honey Products.

Doug Phillips, chairman of ABGC was awarded at the AgFutures – Innovation and Investment Conference, hosted by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, for exceptional leadership and vision.

Both award winners have made a significant contribution to biosecurity in Australia according to Greg Fraser, Executive Director and CEO of PHA.

“These are both well-deserved awards,” Mr Fraser said.

“Lindsay received his award for successful international exports of honey products and honey bees. He has previously been named PHA’s Biosecurity Farmer of the Year at the 2015 Farmer of the Year Awards for his efforts to safeguard beehives against exotic pests.

“As Lindsay knows, good biosecurity is a key factor underlying the success of Australia’s agricultural exports and beekeeping is no exception,” Mr Fraser added.

“Healthy honey bees and best practice beekeeping are hallmarks of Lindsay’s business and he has campaigned to raise standards among beekeepers across Australia.”

“Doug Phillips has been recognised for excellent stewardship of the Australian banana industry through two serious plant pest incursions – banana freckle in the Northern Territory and Panama Tropical Race 4 in Queensland. PHA is very pleased that his efforts have been acknowledged by the Queensland Government.”

Mr Fraser said that Australia’s envied biosecurity status provides many unappreciated benefits to agriculture so it is gratifying that two leaders in the area have been recognised.