The zones are coming
It’s a well-established fact that far north Queensland is a high risk for the introduction of plant pests and diseases from nearby Papua New Guinea. The spread of pests and diseases to the rest of the state poses a significant risk to our agricultural industries, our environment and our way of life.
Under the Biosecurity Act 2014 to come into effect 1 July 2016, it is proposed that two biosecurity zones will be established in the northern half of the Cape York Peninsula to control the movement of items that may carry pest and diseases to the south.
It is proposed that a Far Northern Biosecurity Zone 1 (FNBZ1) be established to include areas of Queensland north of the Jardine River. The Far Northern Biosecurity Zone 2 (FNBZ 2) would then include areas of the state between the southern boundary of FNBZ 1 and north of Coen.
It is further proposed that movement of plants, plant pests, soils and appliances will be prohibited south from FNBZ 1 to FNBZ 2 without permit. The same restrictions would apply to materials moving south out of FNBZ 2 into the rest of Queensland.
Further zoning will apply for some growers. These zones will seek to prevent the introduction of quarantine pests into and out of the zones, protecting Queensland growers and ensuring the sustainability of our industries.
Maps of the zones will be available online from 1 July 2016 at www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au For more information on the zones, please contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.