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Dumped grain threat

Agricultural leaders are calling on people to report illegal dumping of grain as part of efforts to tighten biosecurity measures.

Agriculture Victoria has made the call based on last season’s successful harvest and high levels of grain and cereal moving across the state.

Grains industry biosecurity officer Jim Moran said the increased movement of grain might open the door for dumping of grain in unauthorised areas.

He said there was increased potential that some people transporting the grain would have concerns about excess weight and failing to comply with the Heavy Vehicle National Law, which would a breach of their part in a Chain of Responsibility, COR.

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“Agriculture Victoria is keen for everyone to be aware that grain dumping is an illegal activity which should be reported to the Environment Protection Authority using a reporting app,” he said.

“Victorian residents can also report sightings of grain dumping to me as the state grains biosecurity officer – or the relevant state grains biosecurity officer if you’re outside Victoria.

“Reports will be further investigated, cleaned up and referred to the relevant agency depending on the circumstances.”

Mr Moran said people seeking further information on grain biosecurity could email or visit website for information on the Grain Transport Code of Practice.

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