Fraser Coast cane farmers like Darryl Cronau face a shake up in the industry.
Fraser Coast cane farmers like Darryl Cronau face a shake up in the industry. Robyne Cuerel

Maryborough quarantine boundary may disappear next year

FRASER Coast sugar cane growers can expect the Maryborough quarantine boundary to disappear next year.

This is just one of the major shake-ups under Queensland's new-look Biosecurity Act.

An industry working group's proposal to drop the quarantine boundary between Maryborough and Bundaberg looks set to become reality.

Moves to make it easier to shift equipment and plants, and to have the industry overseeing approved sugar cane varieties and biosecurity obligations, are also on the agenda.

A working group comprising key Queensland sugar cane bodies put forward the recommendations.

Group representative Peter Allsopp said the changes would keep the region safe from pests like the Fiji leaf gall virus.

"The (working) group felt that we could rationalise the boundaries so that they better represented the risks," the Sugar Research Australia development executive manager said.

"(Among the changes is) removing the boundaries between Herbert and Tully because it's not needed. And removing the boundary between Maryborough and Bundaberg because of the low incidence of Fiji leaf gall virus in both those areas."

The new act will come into force next year.


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