Pest species degrade natural ecosystems, impact on agricultural productivity, threaten biodiversity, can impact human health and interfere with recreational activities. It is because of this, that Whitsunday Regional Council and key Stakeholders throughout the region take a proactive role in managing pest species throughout the landscape.
To help coordinate pest management activities throughout the region, Whitsunday Regional Council has developed the Whitsunday Biosecurity Plan 2017-2020. Our plan outlines pest management goals and objectives for all key stakeholders and delivers integrated pest management activities across the region. Under the Queensland Biosecurity Act (2014), all Queensland Councils must develop and implement a 4 year Local Government Pest Management Plan. Our plan is consistent with the priorities and directions that are set by national, State and regional pest management strategies.
Our plan applies to all land and waterways within the region and targets all pest species that are declared under the Queensland Biosecurity Act (2014).
The plan builds on previous pest management activities by all Stakeholders, and will continually be developed to protect our natural environment which is critical to the future liveability, prosperity and sustainability of our region.
Whitsunday Regional Council is responsible for controlling declared species on public land. Council has a role in coordinating the control and reduction of declared pests across all land tenures in the region. Under the new Queensland Biosecurity Act, all landholders have a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO). The GBO states that everyone has an obligation to control, reduce and prevent the spread of biosecurity matter which includes pest plants and animals.
To assist you with any information on pest species, Whitsunday Regional Council Land Protection Officers are available at all Customer Contact Centres throughout the region and can provide you with current best management practice information.