The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services Opens State of the Art Facility the ‘Fitzroy Building’ in Cairns
Cairns, QLD (News4us.com) October 21, 2010
The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services’ (AQIS) new $3.5 million Cairns facility has been officially named the Fitzroy Building, in honour of Fitzroy Island, the first quarantine post in the region which was established in 1876.
Naming the building today, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) Rona Mellor said the Fitzroy Building culminates five years of planning and preparation, bringing operational and scientific staff together under one roof.
“This state-of-the-art facility is designed to minimise the risk of exotic species being released into the environment,” Ms Mellor said.
“AQIS has always maintained the highest level of monitoring for exotic pests, weeds and diseases across this vast and often inaccessible part of remote northern Australia.
“The inspection rooms have been built to world class standards and strict biosecurity protocols.
“The Fitzroy Building has the space and communication technologies required to coordinate any quarantine risk response, and as with any new technologies, will help make that job more efficient.”
Key features of the innovative facility include:
- high efficiency brightness controls that turn overhead lights off when prescribed levels of natural lighting are achieved;
- an air-conditioning design that uses a large chilled water tank to minimise power consumption during low usage periods; and
- the use of grey water collected from the roof of the building to flush toilets.
The Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) is this year celebrating 21 years of continuous biosecurity and quarantine operations throughout the northern Australian coastline, from Cairns in Queensland to Broome in Western Australia, including the entire Torres Strait island group.
NAQS works with people from more than 85 language groups in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. The program delivers a high proportion of its work on traditional lands of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“The 21st anniversary of NAQS, and the naming of the Fitzroy Building is a tremendous achievement for biosecurity in Australia and I recognise all AQIS and NAQS staff for their efforts in delivering world class quarantine services,” Ms Mellor said.
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