Have your say: Managing weed and pest animals in Queensland
Apr 20, 2016
Property owners and other affected parties are being invited to provide feedback on the future management of weed and pest animals in Queensland.
The feedback garnered from the consultation will help inform the Queensland Weed and Pest Animal Strategy 2016-20, in preparation for the Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act) commencing on 1 July 2016.
It is important that land managers as well as government have a clear understanding of their responsibilities when it comes to managing weed and pest animals, as under the new Biosecurity Act everyone, including landholders, will need to take an active role in managing biosecurity risks under their control.
It is currently estimated that pest animals cost Queensland $215million each year by preying on livestock, causing crop losses, competing for pasture and spreading disease.
This cost does not include uncosted environmental and social impacts such as disease spread and traffic hazards – so in reality the cost is much higher.
Invasive weeds are also a challenge, costing the state an estimated $600 million each year in primary production losses and control costs, and degrading the natural environment.
Clearly defined and accepted roles and responsibilities are crucial to the success of minimising these impacts through long-term management of weed and pest animals in Queensland.
Therefore, community and industry leadership and cooperation in the planning and development of strategies is key to maximising the benefits of weed and pest animal management.
The consultation opened on Monday 14 March and will run until close of business 26 April 2016.
To have your say on the future management of weed and pest animals in Queensland, visit www.qld.gov.au/weedandpeststrategy