Wide Bay Burnett Invasive Species Committee
WBBROC’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee has been established to provide advice to WBBROC on actions that encourage the proactive management of invasive species within the Wide Bay Burnett Region.
This includes both invasive species of plants (e.g. declared weeds such as giant rat’s tail), as well as invasive animals (e.g. wild dogs and feral pigs). Local collaboration will be encouraged in all aspects of dealing with invasive species.
The committee will consult with industry, the private sector and all levels of Government to facilitate the provision of best practice invasive species management within the Region.
The committee will oversee the implementation of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Biosecurity Strategy for invasive pests and coordinate the implementation of locally developed and managed Biosecurity Plans.
Update: The Department of Agriculture has approved funding under the Better Partnerships Program for WBBROC to engage a Regional Biosecurity Coordinator to drive the implementation of the Regional Biosecurity Strategy. This will be a great boost in implementing the Strategy and will help WBBROC Councils and Biosecurity Queensland to develop partnerships to control weeds and to raise awareness of invasive pest species in the community.
Boost for weed control
Information on pest plants can be found at: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industry/agriculture/species/invasive-plants
Information on pest animals can be found at: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industry/agriculture/species/invasive-animals/restricted
Mosquito Borne Diseases Management Sub Group
There is a Mosquito Borne Diseases Management Sub Group that sits under the Invasive Species Advisory Committee. This Sub Group consists of technical and field officers from WBBROC Councils, as well as officers from Queensland Health. The aims of this group include:
- Provide advice, recommend actions and proactive programs to WBBROC that will assist member Councils to carry out the legislative requirements of the Public Health Act 2005.
- Work with Queensland Health, research institutions and the private sector to ensure innovative, novel and efficient technologies are used for the surveillance and control of mosquitoes.
- Monitor and prioritise control of the southern migration of the dengue mosquito (Aedes aegypti) and reduce the numbers of the vector in Wide Bay communities.