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'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.
Council also runs animal control programs to reduce the feral animal populations including trapping and coordinated baiting programs (April to May and August to September) where they work with landowners to assist with managing invasive animal pests on their land.
In addition, Council has a bounty claim system as an incentive to help reduce the impacts from feral pigs and wild dogs / dingoes / dingo hybrids – refer Pest Animals section for full details.
Pest surveys are undertaken on areas within the Fraser Coast to monitor the presence, extent and population of invasive pest plants and animals
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 purpose of the program is to:
- monitor compliance with the Act regarding the 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 Biosecurity Surveillance program for 2017 – 2021 was approved by Council on Wednesday, 6 December 2017.
For further information, contact Council on phone 1300 79 49 29.