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Enhancing Biosecurity Capabilities and Preparedness in the Northern Territory

4 Sep

The NBRT Cadet program joined forces with the Northern Territory government to upskill 24 staff during a recent two-day workshop in Darwin. This collaboration was undertaken as part of the program’s ongoing dedication to enhancing our readiness for potential biosecurity emergencies. The workshop brought together participants from the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS), the Department of Industry and Tourism and Trade.

Biosecurity response management specialist, Craig Elliott, from P2R2 Consulting, conducted the workshop, which included a range of scenarios and tasks designed to build foundational knowledge and help develop the necessary skills for addressing potential animal and plant incursions in a biosecurity emergency preparedness and response.

A noteworthy aspect of the workshop was the Property Entry & Exit Activity decontamination exercise. This activity was specifically designed to equip and enlighten participants about entering environments with biosecurity hazards. The exercise vividly simulated actual scenarios that members might encounter during potential deployments.

During the dinner event, Dr Rob Williams, the Acting Chief Veterinary Officer of the Northern Territory, served as the guest speaker. He highlighted the significance of maintaining a leading role in the field of biosecurity.Given the presence of threats like Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) near our borders, it is crucial that we remain proactive during the pre-response stage. We must ensure that we possess the necessary capabilities and resources to effectively counter potential future threats.

Craig Elliot, Rob Williams, Elissa Tarling & Graeme Steer

Members also had the opportunity to hear from guest speaker, Susan King, Regional Director – Big Rivers Region presented on her experience in a biosecurity emergency response. Susan shed light on her involvement during the response, delving into her motivations, pivotal takeaways, and her approach to readiness for deployments.

The workshop signifies a significant advancement in upholding the Northern Territory’s primary defence against biosecurity risks. This venture represents an investment, not solely in the participants’ professional advancement, but also in bolstering the enduring resilience and safeguarding of our communities, agricultural sector, and environment.

Jane Galvin / Communications Coordinator