IMPORTANT: A draft Biosecurity Plan has been released and is open for consultation.
IMPORTANT: A draft Biosecurity Plan has been released and is open for consultation. Contributed

Council's parthenium plan

LAND managers whose property directly adjoins a water course or riparian area identified by council as being a parthenium weed risk will be entitled to free equipment hire for two weeks every financial year under council's draft Biosecurity Plan 2019-2024.

They will also be entitled to one container of registered chemical and one day per financial year of assistance from a land protection officer in extension activities.

The plan, released for public consultation until Friday, March 29, overhauls the old Local government area pest management plan 2011-2015 and introduces a number of changes.

Invasive plants and animals in the North Burnett will now be ranked according to the risk they represent to the region.

Under this new risk-based approach, "resources are allocated towards the highest priority issues and are targeted to management activities that are most likely to return the greatest return on investment”, the plan states.

The species are prioritised on a "generalised invasion curve”, which has four phases: prevention, eradication, containment, and asset-based protection.

Once species reach "asset-based protection”, they are deemed to be established and the focus turns to minimising their impact.

"The challenge is to manage or control these invasive species to reduce their impact where the benefits of control are the greatest,” the plan states.

The plan reminds residents and producers of their "general biosecurity obligation”, which is legislated under the Biosecurity Act 2014 and legally enforceable.

"This means that everyone is responsible for managing biosecurity risks that are under their control and that they know about or should reasonably be expected to know about,” the draft plan states.

"You are not expected to know about all biosecurity risks, but you are expected to know about risks associated with your day-to-day work and your hobbies.”

Council will review the plan three months before each new financial year, when the Queensland pest management scheme is amended, or prior to their local government elections.

Matthew Pattie, president of the Monto Grower's Association, said producers who have registered for a Livestock Production Assurance number would already have their own individual biosecurity plans.

He said he was unaware council had even produced a new plan.

Speaking at the Mount Perry Ag Network Forum at the end of January, councillor Paul Lobegeier urged people to read the document and contact council with any concerns or suggestions they had.


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