With a bumper grain harvest forecast this year (2020), NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has alerted people bringing harvesting machinery into NSW from Queensland that they are required by law to ensure equipment crossing the border is free of the devastating parthenium weed and its seeds.
NSW DPI State Priority Weeds coordinator, Philip Blackmore, said while headers are high-risk, all machinery and vehicles which have been in parthenium weed areas of Queensland should be properly cleaned before entering the state.
“The person in charge of a header, including the comb and comb trailer, must submit a completed Record of Movement form to an authorised NSW DPI officer at or near the NSW and Queensland border,” Mr Blackmore said.
“The form includes a declaration that the header and comb have been cleaned in accordance with Schedule 1 of the Biosecurity Order (Permitted Activities) 2019.
“Operators of all machinery, not just harvesters, have a legal duty to prevent their machines from spreading parthenium weed into NSW, which is covered by the General Biosecurity Duty under the NSW Biosecurity Act 2015.”
Other listed machinery which must be cleaned to remove all plant material, dust and soil and accumulated grease or be treated with a seed sterilant, includes harvest field bins, augers and any grain movers, trucks and low loaders carrying a header, harvest support and escort vehicles, mineral exploration drill rigs and the vehicle transporting the rigs.
People in charge of harvesting equipment should contact an authorised NSW DPI officer prior to arrival at the NSW border crossing site to minimise delays.
All offices require 48 hours’ notice of intention to present machinery for inspection, which must occur in daylight hours.
More information and contact details for crossing sites and offices are available on the NSW DPI website.
Source: NSW DPI