North West Queensland Regional Biosecurity Plan
The North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils and Southern Gulf Natural Resource Management group have partnered in the development of a Draft Regional Biosecurity Plan.
The Plan is a statutory requirement and provides guideance on how to reduce biosecurity risks associated with invasive plants and animals. In developing the Plan, consideration has been given to the roles of federal, state and local government as well as the individual land owner level.
We are now inviting written submissions on the Plan. Please direct all submissions to email@example.com with the subject Regional Biosecurity Plan. All submissions are to be received by Monday, 5 September 2022.
Pests have a significant impact on human and animal health, the economy and social amenity of our environment. Cloncurry Shire Council has implemented the Cloncurry Shire Biosecurity Plan 2019-2023 to establish a strategic and collaborative approach to the management of pest species within our shire.
The plan aims to bring together all stakeholders to provide for best practice management of declared pests. In doing so, the Plan:
- lists known pest animals and invasive weeds in the shire
- sets strategies, priorities, activities and responsibilities for control of pest animals and invasive weeds at a local scale
- ensures resources are targeted at the highest priority pest management activities and those most likely to succeed
- sets achievable objectives for the local community that address the economic, environmental and social impacts of weeds and pest animals
- incorporates monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the plan
- informs regional planning processes on local pest management priorities.
Copies of the plan can be found by clicking the hyperlink above. Additionally, copies can be requested by visiting the Cloncurry Shire Council Administration:
Cloncurry Shire Council
PO Box 3 Cloncurry , QLD 4824
New biosecurity laws for Queensland
Queensland’s current biosecurity legislation consists of many different Acts that were developed independently over the past 100 years. Because of this, the laws are not flexible enough to meet the challenges of today’s biosecurity environment.
The new Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act), which is expected to come into effect in early 2016, will improve Queensland’s biosecurity preparedness and response capabilities. The government is continuing to consider feedback from the public consultation on the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) held last year, which informs the development of the regulations. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 600 responses were received.
Under the Act, we will focus on biosecurity risks that impact human health, social amenity, the economy or the environment. The Act deals with pests (such as wild dogs and weeds), diseases (such as foot-and-mouth disease) and contaminants (such as lead on grazing land).
The new Act provides a consistent, modern, risk-based and less prescriptive approach to biosecurity in Queensland. Decisions made under the Act will depend on the likelihood and consequences of the risk. This means risks can be managed more appropriately.
The Queensland Government will continue to take immediate action to manage biosecurity risks, where necessary. In fact, under the new Act, action can be taken if there is a reasonable belief that a serious risk exists, prior to scientific confirmation, so that impacts are minimised quickly.
Everyone will need to take an active role in managing biosecurity risks under their control. Under the Act, individuals and organisations, whose activities pose a biosecurity risk, will have greater legal responsibility for managing them. This general biosecurity obligation means you must take all reasonable steps to ensure your activities do not spread a pest, disease or contaminant.
To learn more about the new biosecurity laws and your general biosecurity obligation download the information brochure from www.daf.qld.gov.au or contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.
Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) Threats to Queensland
The Queensland Government has lots of helpful resources and information about emergency animal diseases, check out their website for emergency animal diseases preparedness.