Some people might wonder why the future PEQ facility will have a compound devoted to bees. Bees don’t just provide delicious honey, but also honey products such as beeswax, and pollination services. Australia imports queen bees for the purpose of increasing genetic diversity and disease resistance within our bee populations. Around the world, there are a number of pests and diseases which can impact on bees. Some of these, including Varroa mite and Tracheal mite, are not currently present within Australia.
Industry clients and individuals who access the Department of Agriculture post entry quarantine services have taken part in a collaborative process to redesign how biosecurity services will be delivered at Australia’s new Post Entry Quarantine Facility, due to commence operations in 2015.