Detector dogs at Perth Royal Show

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Detector dogs will be at the Perth Royal Show each day between 2pm and 3pm.

VISITORS to the Perth Royal Show will be able to watch detector dogs from Perth Airport demonstrate their role in sniffing out potential threats.

While visiting the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development display at this year’s show they will also find information and interactive displays for both adults and children.

Department acting deputy director general Mark Sweetingham said the work done by the department’s Quarantine WA service at interstate borders was vital in protecting the state’s agriculture and food industries from harmful pests, diseases and weeds.

“Everyone can become a biosecurity intelligence officer and learn about potential threats to agriculture, such as varroa mite, codling moth and bacterial wilt and how to report them,” he said.

“The show display will include a quarantine car filled with items you can’t bring into WA from other states, a postbox showing what must not be sent in the mail and a mini quarantine livestock yard.

Dr Sweetingham said part of the display would look at future foods like quinoa, the proposed Peel Food Zone, other locally grown foods and WA’s top agriculture and food exports.

“The augmented reality sandbox will also be there to allow visitors to get hands-on and move the soil around to see how water flows over landscapes and underground.