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 Regional Council Pest Management Plan 2009-2015. Our plan outlines pest management goals and objectives for all key stakeholders and delivers integrated pest management activities across the region.
Under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002, 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 Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.
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 and we urge stakeholders to assist us in minimising the impacts of these species.
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.