5 May 2021
The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) is back at Rural Youth Tasmania’s Agfest in the Paddock for 2021, showcasing the work the department does in partnership with industry and the community.
The DPIPWE tent is at Site 827 at Quercus Park, Carrick from today Wednesday 5 May to Saturday 8 May 2021.
DPIPWE Secretary Tim Baker said he is looking forward to DPIPWE being back on field for Agfest, after a break due to COVID-19 restrictions last year.
“The DPIPWE display has something for everyone. Our staff are on site to answer any queries patrons may have about a range of topics including the General Biosecurity Duty, harvest jobs, farm safety, game services, parks and reserves, recycling and waste initiatives,” Mr Baker said.
“Biosecurity Tasmania’s General Biosecurity Duty (GBD) are a major focus for us this year. The GBD is a core part of Tasmania’s Biosecurity Act 2019 and plays a vital role in helping to protect Tasmania’s primary industries, economy, environment, and our way of life from the harmful impacts of pests, weeds, and diseases.”
Staff members Harri Osborne, Phil Wood and Ryan Wilkinson with their Biosecurity Tasmania display in the DPIPWE tent at Agfest 2021
“The Agriculture and Water division are also a key part of the DPIPWE tent, focusing on the Tassie Harvest Trail which encourages residents to apply for agriculture roles in the State. This display includes information on farm safety, helping landholders to manage browsing wildlife, and dam and water licensing.”
Agricultural Analyst from Agriculture and Water Simon Cowling and AgriGrowth Industry Engagement Officer Bec Morris greeting patrons at the AgriGrowth display
Mr Baker said Agfest is an important event for the Agency.
“Tasmania’s premier agricultural field event allows the community to engage with the work of the Department and interact with our staff,” he said.
“An event as big as Agfest takes a lot of hard work to organise, and I am excited to see everyone’s efforts come together.”
The DPIPWE tent at Site 827 features displays from divisions across the agency including Biosecurity Tasmania, Agriculture and Water, Parks and Wildlife Service, EPA Tasmania, and Land Tasmania. NRM North and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture also have displays at the DPIPWE tent.
Marketing and events officer for Parks and Wildlife Service Stella Rodriguez and Community Engagement and Partnerships Officer for PWS Tracey-Ann Hooley at their front display
Recreational Fisheries is showcasing new fishing simulators at Site North 66.
To comply with COVID-19 safety requirements, additional measures are in place at Agfest this year. For more information on COVID-19 safety at Agfest visit the Rural Youth website.