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A pest is any animal or plant that has an adverse economic, environmental or social impact on a particular place.

Pest plants and animals degrade our natural resources, damage precious vegetation, compromise biodiversity and interfere with human health and recreation.

Council has developed a Pest Management Plan (PDF, 1.4MB) to manage declared plant and animal pests on the Fraser Coast under the guidelines and principles of the Biosecurity Act 2014.

Council's program for controlling pest plants is continually carried out on the road networks. The Vector and Pest Management Team also conduct vegetation management like spraying road furniture, drainage systems and roadsides for visibility.

They also run trapping programs to reduce the feral animal populations including two coordinated baiting programs (April to May and August to September) where they work with landowners to assist with managing pests on their land.

Pest surveys are undertaken on areas within the Fraser Coast to monitor the presence and population of pest plants and animals.  

Giant Rats Tail Grass - field day

Council is holding a field day for landholders and property managers to identify and manage Giant Rats Tail (GRT) on Saturday, April 29 from 8.30am to 2.30pm.

The session will be held at Woocoo Hall, Biggenden/Maryborough Road, Oakhurst.

It will cover:

  • What is GRT and best management practices;
  • Competitive pasture species for GRT control and paddock walk;
  • GRT Biocontrol and research;
  • Relationship between fertilisers and animal production to combat GRT;
  • Granular flupropanate;
  • Taskforce chemical use, tips and tricks, calibration and equipment;
  • Biosecurity Act and forming a management plan.

Morning tea and lunch is provided but participants are urged to bring a hat and car pool if possible.

Biosecurity Surveillance Program

Council undertakes a Biosecurity Surveillance Program across the Fraser Coast region to monitor compliance with the Biosecurity Act 2014 in relation to prohibited and restricted invasive plants and animals.

The current program will continue to 30 June 2017.

The purpose of the Program is to:

  • Monitor compliance with the Act regarding management of invasive pest plants and animals.
  • Confirm the presence and extent of invasive pests.
  • Promote best practice management of invasive biosecurity pests.
  • Provide advice and information aimed at enhancing community awareness of their General Biosecurity Obligation(GBO).

The program will conclude on 30 June 2017.

The Program applies to:
The whole of the local government area with a major focus on areas considered high priority for invasive pests. 
Properties are inspected during reasonable hours and focusing on of invasive pest plants and animals and local law declared pests which are not being controlled sufficiently or a person’s general GBO is not being undertaken. 
All lands in the Fraser Coast Region including state lands, industry, nurseries and businesses that deal with invasive pests will be surveyed.

Biosecurity orders can be issued where the Land Protection Officer believes the recipient has failed or may fail to meet their GBO.

Surveys will include: 

March Thinoomba, Aramara, Craignish and Dundowran
April Doongul, Toogoom, Burrum Heads, Theebine
May Fraser Island, Bunya Creek, Malarga
June Pacific Haven, Burrum Town, Bauple and Forest Glen

Click here to read more about the Biosecurity Surveillance Program.

Last updated 08/03/2017