New national biosecurity program

John McDonald giving advice to a grower.

John McDonald (kneeling) has been appointed as industry National Biosecurity Manager.

A new national biosecurity program has been added to the nursery industry’s levy-funded research and development portfolio, to secure better market access and safeguard the industry from the potential effects of plant pest incursions.

John McDonald has been appointed to the position of National Biosecurity Manager, leaving his position as a nursery industry development officer in Queensland, to lead the implementation of the 5-year National Nursery Industry Biosecurity Program.

Biosecurity, best management practice and the pesticide minor use programs have been an important part of John’s work during his 19 years in nursery production.

The biosecurity program will include activities and resources to promote:

  • interstate market access via an industry on-farm biosecurity program
  • industry biosecurity preparedness
  • improved industry biosecurity awareness.