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Feral animals and noxious weeds are some of the threats which Whitsunday Regional Council’s draft Biosecurity Plan 2016-2020 aims to combat over the next four years.
In the Whitsunday region, it is estimated that feral animals could be reducing agricultural profits by up to 3%, which results in an $18 million loss each year.
Pest animals and plants also cause major damage to the natural environment and native Australian flora and fauna.
The draft Biosecurity Plan aims to be a guide and action plan to pest management for Council, land management organisations and the wider community.
The draft Plan is currently available to the public for viewing and comment, and Mayor Andrew Willcox is urging all rural residents and landholders to complete the survey and have their say.
“Pest plants and animals affect every single one of our farmers, and it is very important that everyone gets an opportunity to give feedback on this Plan,” he said.
“And it’s not just farmers; all of us value our beautiful natural environment and diversity here in the Whitsunday region.”
“This is a plan for the community, and we will be working closely with State Government, land management organisations and residents to control and reduce pest species in the region.”
Public consultation on the draft Plan opens today, Monday 6 March and will close 5pm, Monday 10 April 2017.
Council staff will be holding shopping centre displays in Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and Proserpine, to speak with residents face-to-face about pest management.
Copies of the draft Plan and survey will also be made available at Customer Service Centres across the region.
Visit Council’s engagement website Your Say Whitsunday at http://yoursay.whitsunday.qld.gov.au to view online and download the draft Plan, complete the online survey and find out more information about pest species.
There are many different types of plants and animals which are considered pests in the Whitsundays, and which cause damage to our waterways, grazing and agricultural land.
Some of these commonly known pests include feral pigs, feral dogs, feral cats, carp, tilapia, prickly pear, mimosa pigra and sicklepod.
A full list of prioritised pest species is included in the draft Biosecurity Plan, and available on Council’s website Your Say Whitsunday, at http://yoursay.whitsunday.qld.gov.au.