Preventing the incursion of new invasive species in the Wide Bay Burnett is our number one priority. The WBBROC Invasive Species Advisory Committee and its local governments are continuously working together to identify these ‘high-priority invasive species’ and develop management programs that aim to either prevent their introduction into the region; or to support early detection and reporting within the community.

Provided below are 9 high-priority invasive species that the WBBROC Invasive Species Advisory Committee is currently concerned of. If you see any of these species please report them to your local government’s biosecurity officer as soon as possible!

Fire Ants
Native to South America, fire ants are considered as oe of the greatest biosecurity threats to Australia. Distinguished by their coppery-brown heads and bodies, with…
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Fire Weed
Native to southern Africa, fireweed is a daisy-like herb and is often mistaken with closely related natives. It competes with pasture and is toxic to…
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African Boxthorn
Native to southern Africa, African boxthorn is a spiny shrub introduced to Australia in the mid-1800s as a hedge plant. It has since spread to…
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Red-Ear Slider Turtle
Native to the United States of America, the red-eared slider turtle is a freshwater turtle with a distinctive red stripe behind each ear. Red eared…
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Cabomba
Native to North and South America, cabomba is a fully submerged aquatic plant, originally introduced to Australia as an aquarium plant. It is an aggressive…
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Sagittaria
Native to North America, sagittaria is an aquatic perennial introduced to Australia as an aquatic plant. In the wild, it invades and degrades natural wetlands.…
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Senegal Tea
Native to South America, Senegal tea is an aquatic perennial introduced to Australia as an aquarium plant. In the wild, it invades and degrades natural…
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Hygrophila
Native to Mexico and Argentina, hygrophila is a flowering, erect herb that grows on creekbanks and in shallow freshwater wetlands. The main danger of hygrophila…
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Honey Locust
Native to North America (from Mexico to Canada), honey locust is a large, spiny, rapidly growing tree. Honey locust has been promoted and planted as…
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