WA biosecurity disaster waiting to happen

A State Government whistleblower says WA has never been more exposed to a biosecurity disaster after it dropped quarantine safeguards at airports, railways and highway entry points.

The Department of Agriculture and Food WA expert said biosecurity was severely compromised by budget cuts that put people and key agricultural industries in jeopardy.

Weekend inspections on passenger trains were scaled back and there were no biosecurity checkpoints on four roads that carried an increasing number of vehicles into WA from interstate.

The roads allow traffic from northern Australia to bypass a checkpoint at Kununurra, which plays an important role in slowing the spread of cane toads.

Community and Public Sector Union assistant secretary Rikki Hendon said the latest cut on passenger train inspections and last year's decision for fewer dog handlers on duty at Perth Domestic Airport had increased the risk of diseases and pests entering WA.

Read more via thewest.com.au

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