Nathan Hancock recognised with Biosecurity Australia award
15 March 2019
Citrus Australia chief executive Nathan Hancock has been recognised for his contribution to national biosecurity at the recent Australian Biosecurity Awards.
The annual awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations in industry and government that show a commitment to working collaboratively with the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to support and promote Australia’s biosecurity and the systems that uphold it.
Deputy Secretary, Lyn O’Connell, presented the awards at the ABARES Outlook Conference dinner in Canberra on Tuesday, March 5.
Nathan was a joint winner of the collaborative Industry/Government award with Sarah Corcoran, of the NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources, for their involvement in the citrus canker outbreak in the NT and northern Western Australia.
Nathan was the national industry liaison officer for the outbreak, travelling to Darwin to aid communication and interactions with government.
The awards committee said Nathan’s knowledge, pragmatism and consideration of all stakeholders made him a valued partner for government.
“Throughout the response, Nathan continued to advocate for greater communication with industry to help address potential misunderstandings and expectations.”
Nathan said many individuals in federal and state government and industry have played integral roles in the response to the outbreak, committing many hours of time and providing invaluable advice. The lead jurisdictions in particular have devoted many work hours to this response.
Among those are Bronwyn Walsh from Western Australia DPI; Nerida Donovan from NSW DPI; Malcom Smith from QDAF; numerous NSW DPI staff including Lloyd Kingham, Steven Falivene, Andrew Creek; Andrew Miles and Steve Stirrat of 2PH; Northern Territory Farmers CEO Greg Owens and staff; John McDonald from Nursery and Garden Industry Australia to name a few.
“To the nurseries, citrus and kaffir lime growers in the Northern Territory and Kununurra who we know have had their businesses interrupted, some quite significantly, we are all grateful for the part you have played in adhering to the quarantine and movement restrictions,” Nathan said.
“Lastly, to the communities in NT and northern WA who have had allowed numerous survey teams and had trees removed as we move the phases of the response I am also especially appreciative of your support for the citrus canker response.
“It is nice to be recognised for my part in the citrus canker response, but we have a long way to go not only in this response but also in preparing industry for future outbreaks of exotic pests.”