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Proposed Closure of Townsville Biosecurity Unit (Tropical and Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory - TAAHL)

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Bronwyn Walker
PO Box 1266

Total Signatures - 3109

Sponsoring Member: Shane Knuth MP

Posting Date: 31/10/2012

Tabled Date: 31/10/2012

Responded By: Hon John McVeigh MP on 22/11/2012

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

The petition of residents of the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the House the proposed closure of the Townsville Biosecurity Unit (Tropical and Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory - TAAHL). This laboratory services the aquaculture, fishing, beef and other livestock industries of North Queensland and provides vital frontline protection against diseases that have the potential to decimate these industries with potentially devastating health, economic and social impacts throughout Queensland and the rest of Australia.


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to retain the laboratory in Townsville and continue these services at a premises suitable to the requirements of this vital work.