NT: Biosecurity to Protect Agricultural, Natural and Cultural Assets

Collaborate with all stakeholders to conduct coordinated and ongoing control of priority weeds and pests to protect farming land and natural and cultural assets.

Why it is important?

There are a range of weed and pest species already established in the Northern Tablelands, which are impacting agricultural and natural areas. Without sustained and focused control efforts with all stakeholders, the potential impacts of these species can be devastating on the local environment, primary production and tourism.

Examples of Local Action

  • Use a collaborative approach, involving catchment groups, local community groups, rangers, local government and private conservation organisations to plan and conduct biosecurity activities.
  • Reference existing pest management plans and processes for identifying priority species eg. Mareeba Shire Council Pest Management Plan (wild dogs, pigs, rabbits, crop pests (fall army worm), bunny ears (cacti), brilliantasia, cha-om, hiptage, hygrophilla, limnocharis, madras thorn, mexican bean tree, mimosa, sagitaria, crofton weed, baleria, turbina, koster’s curse, giant rats tail grass).
  • Investigate the impact and effective treatment of pathogens causing tree die back.
  • Investigate effective alternatives to chemical herbicides.

Contribution to Regional Priority

R-CM 19: Local Action on Local Invasives
Develop collaborative, practical biosecurity protocols and undertake an integrated approach to managing invasive species.

Local Landscape:

Northern Tablelands

Regional Theme: