Kim Chance

Kim Chance

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; the Mid West and Wheatbelt; Great Southern

    Trip emphasises regional biosecurity links

    10/11/2005 12:00 AM

    Agriculture Minister Kim Chance has welcomed a study group from Thailand’s plant and animal quarantine departments to Western Australia, saying it will bolster both governments’ knowledge of biosecurity.

    Mr Chance said the AusAid-funded trip, which would see 10 visitors trained by biosecurity experts from the Department of Agriculture and Murdoch University, came at an opportune time, with co-operation on biosecurity issues of great importance.

    “I believe this is a timely event to further the relationship between WA and Thailand by addressing plant and animal biosecurity challenges which face our two regions,” he said.

    “The threat and ongoing challenges presented by recent cases of Avian influenza and SARS in our region is one that we must, as neighbours, be jointly equipped to address.”

    Mr Chance said Murdoch University and the Department of Agriculture had nearly 200 years of experience between them in providing education and services to the WA agricultural sector.

    “The study tour program will no doubt show the similarities between WA and Thailand, but will also show the potential that can be gained by working together to implement international best practice to combat biosecurity threats to plants and diseases in our region,” he said.

    The Department of Agriculture and Murdoch University successfully applied for AusAid Public Sector Linkages Program funding to conduct the short-term Training Program in Plant and Animal Biosecurity.

    “The Gallop Government is protecting and enhancing WA’s unique environment,” the Minister said.

    Mr Chance will host a formal welcome dinner for the group on November 14.

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