Get to know your General Biosecurity Duty at Agfest

​​​Agfest in the Paddock 2021 is just around the corner (Wednesday 5 May to Saturday 8 May) and Biosecurity Tasmania (BT) staff are gearing up for the four-day agricultural field event at site 827, Quercus Park, Carrick.​

This year BT’s display in the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) tent will include a focus on how Tasmanians can help protect the state from pests, diseases and weeds, by getting to know their General Biosecurity Duty. The newly introduced General Biosecurity Duty came into effect on 31 March 2021 and is a core part of Tasmania’s Biosecurity Act 2019.

Harri Osborne from Biosecurity Tasmania preparing for Agfest 2021

Harri Osborne from Biosecurity Tasmania preparing for Agfest 2021

​BT staff will be on-site to educate the public about their General Biosecurity Duty and the vital role it plays in helping to protect the state’s primary industries, economy and environment, as well as informing patrons and answering queries on border control and restrictions on the import or entry of certain items into the state. 

For Senior Biosecurity Officer (Industry Collaboration), Harri Osborne, this year will be his third time working at the event. 

“I absolutely love being involved, and sorely missed the event last year,” Senior Biosecurity Officer (Industry Collaboration), Harri Osborne said. 

“Working at Agfest is great, you never know what someone is going to ask you. I find it really rewarding when someone comes to you with a question and they leave feeling informed.

“After the break from Agfest in the Paddock last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Biosecurity Tasmania team is looking forward to being back and interacting with the public.” 

BT will be at the DPIPWE tent at site 827, along with Agriculture and Water, Parks and Wildlife Service, EPA Tasmania, and Land Tasmania. Recreational Fisheries will also be at Agfest at site North 66. 

For more information about all of DPIPWE’s displays at Agfest visit the Agfest web page on the DPIPWE website.  

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