The effective management of invasive plants and animals across the region moved a significant step forward today following Sunshine Coast Council’s adoption of a new risk-based, collaborative plan.
The Sunshine Coast Council Local Government Area Biosecurity Plan 2017 is one of the first deliverables of council’s Environment and Liveability Strategy which is delivering transformational change required to maintain a healthy and liveable Sunshine Coast in 2041.
The plan establishes a framework for cooperative and coordinated management that targets the 88 priority invasive species identified and defines management responses most likely to succeed with available resources.
Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said everyone had a role to play in implementing the new plan and protecting our natural areas, lifestyles and livelihoods.
“The strategic risk-based plan has been developed in collaboration with community, industry and government agencies and this partnership needs to continue into implementation in order to foster a shared ownership and understanding of invasive species management across the local government area,” Cr McKay said
“Whether it’s the spread of weeds through our backyards, the predation on our native wildlife or impacts on agriculture production, all of our residents are responsible for minimising the risk of pests.
“The plan is a living document and will be updated as our collective understanding of invasive plants and animals impacting the Sunshine Coast improves through implementation.”
The Sunshine Coast Council Local Government Area Biosecurity Plan 2017 is available via council’s website.