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Andrew joins the Hillston biosecurity office

Andrew McKinnon has hit the ground running in his new position as Biosecurity Officer (formerly known as ranger) for the Hillston/Ivanhoe region, having already met many landholders in the region and listened to their concerns.

Andy has a background in animal health and worked with the Victorian DPI as a stock inspector
working along the Murray and in North West Victoria as well experience in rangeland
management in Alice Springs.

Manager, Biosecurity and Emergency Services, David Creeper welcomed Andy's appointment to
the region after the position had been vacant for the past five months. 

"We are back at full strength in the southern district with Biosecurity Officers at Hillston,
Balranald, Buronga and Wentworth," he said. 

"Previously known as rangers in the former LHPA, Biosecurity Officers are an invaluable
resource to landholders." 

Mr Creeper said Biosecurity Officers not only dealt with pest animal and insect control, but also
plant health and disease. 

"On the ground this means working with landholders through providing advice, assistance and
coordination of control programs," he said. 

"Our team works collaboratively with other government agencies and neighbouring Local Land
Services to provide frontline services to landholders." 

Andy's region covers an area from Hillston and Ivanhoe through to Cobar and across to
Balranald. 

"I love the wide open spaces and have a passion for this kind of work," he said. "This region is incredibly diverse with almond crops, irrigated horticulture and a bit of cotton before you get into the mallee and black pine regions then down to the channel area. 

"I've always liked working with producers with the aim of helping them solve problems and
issues on farm and I'm looking forward to getting out there and providing assistance to the
landholders in the District." 

Media contact: 
Donna Ambler 0400 258 690
David Creeper 0428 234 972 or 08 8082 5211