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Recognised plant biosecurity champion at Australia Day Awards

Lois Ransom

Assistant Secretary of Plant Import Operations, Lois Ransom, has been awarded a Public Service Medal in recognition of her outstanding public service through the strengthening of Australia’s plant biosecurity system. Acting Head of Biosecurity, Dr Marion Healy, said Mrs Ransom has devoted her career of over 30 years to strengthening Australia’s plant biosecurity system across State and Federal levels of Government, as well as internationally. Source: Timberbiz

“Australia has a favourable plant health status, being free from many of the damaging plant pests that occur in other countries and this is thanks to the significant work of the department pre-border, border and post border,” Dr Healy said.

“Mrs Ransom’s work has contributed to a substantial legacy of strengthening Australia’s systems for effectively managing the risk that exotic plant pests and diseases pose to our plant based industries, the environment, and communities.

“For the last two years she has chaired of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures—the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention—in recognition of her expertise in plant biosecurity, leadership and foresight.”

“In her chairing role, Mrs Ransom oversaw the development of the first International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), to be held in 2020, recognising the importance of global cooperation to keep plants healthy and free of pests and diseases.

“Australia will be playing a key part in the IYPH to highlight the importance of recognising that plant health is vital for food security, trade, the economy and environment.

“Mrs Ransom has played a leading role in driving national coordination of plant biosecurity activities, resulting in the development of a number of national biosecurity strategies,” Dr Healy said.

“This includes the National Plant Biosecurity Strategy, the National Fruit Fly Strategy, the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Strategy, and the National Plant Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy.”