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Grand biosecurity effort ahead of the Australian Grand Prix

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Grand biosecurity effort ahead of the Australian Grand Prix

12 March 2013 DAFF13/469L

A $30 million boost to the Victorian economy is being fast-tracked with today’s arrival of over 700 tonnes of high octane machinery for the Australian Grand Prix. But no corners will be cut in the biosecurity screening for risky material on equipment, including the 22 F1 cars.

“All large-scale events, like the Australian Grand Prix, are subject to the strict biosecurity regulations. Protecting Australia from pests, diseases and bugs means the machinery is inspected just like any other import,” said Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister, Senator Joe Ludwig.

“The Australian Grand Prix promotes and showcases our country internationally, with hundreds of millions of viewers watching world-wide.

“Government biosecurity inspections and clearance of these amazing machines are an important part of the big, logistically challenging event, and we want to all we can to help it go ahead without a hitch by checking machinery without delay.

“However, we also have a responsibility for protecting Australia’s environment, economy and agriculture from biosecurity threats that could be accidentally brought in on the cars and equipment that travel all around the globe.

“Government biosecurity officers will closely inspect equipment today to make sure they are clean and free of materials like live insects, seeds, soil, and live plant before they enter Australia.

“These seemingly small items have the potential to impact on Australia’s plant, animal and human health by carrying unwanted pests and diseases into the country,” Minister Ludwig said.

“The strong support of Grand Prix organisers to manage these risks to our community, economy and environment is a great demonstration of the responsibility everyone shares for biosecurity.”

The 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australia Grand Prix is on in Melbourne 14-17 March.