AgForce questions Government commitment to invasive species control


With threats such as African Swine Fever and prickly acacia making biosecurity more important to Queensland agriculture than ever, AgForce has questioned the State Government’s commitment to managing invasive species.

The Government released its long-awaited Invasive Pest Plants and Animals Strategy 2019 – 2024 last week after sitting on it for more than six months, leading to concerns being expressed by biosecurity experts that we are starting on the back foot.

This is the latest in a litany of delays, smokescreens and broken promises by the State Government in relation to managing invasive species.

The $5 million announced by Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner in March to be dedicated to prickly acacia management has not been fully delivered amid denials it was ever promised (although the State did fund the Southern Gulf NRM (Natural Resources Management group) to manage prickly acacia outbreaks in the lower Flinders River and contributed to the ongoing search for biocontrol.

The forward-looking and very effective Strategy was developed by the Queensland Invasive Plant and Animals Committee (QIPAC), a dedicated group of representatives from industry, State and local government, regional NRMs, and conservation groups and presented to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in  March – where it sat gathering dust for more than six months.

AgForce’s representative on QIPAC, Ivan Naggs, said that while he was pleased the Strategy had finally been released, it was disappointing that the “cogs had turned so slowly” on such a critical issue.

“We are already at the end of the first year of the strategy and it has only just been released – and only after six months of badgering by industry – putting pressure on QIPAC to implement and assess the plan,” Mr Naggs said.

“I just don’t think the Government has an appreciation of how critical biosecurity is to our industry or how quickly these issues move.

“Another issue which needs urgent resolution is naming the industry and community representatives on the Biosecurity Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee (BQMAC) even though nominations closed way back in May

“BQMAC will oversee QIPAC – as well as the Biosecurity Strategy 2019 -2024, Queensland Dog Offensive Group and State Land Pest Management Committee, so they are a crucial part of the Strategy.

“We need the cogs to turn quicker if we are to retain biosecurity preparedness across Queensland.

“The slogan AgForce applies to biosecurity issues– Be Aware. Be Alert. Be prepared – must be incorporated into the State Government’s thinking and planning.”

Mr Naggs said the first task for QIPAC could be to encourage a nil-tenure approach to managing strategic zones of feral pigs, if considered a required step to prevent an African swine fever outbreak across Queensland.

“Feral pigs are potential vectors of this virus which could destroy our domestic pig industry,” he said.

“We need to encourage all land managers to work together, especially on priority and highly mobile pest animals and weeds. We all have a role in preventing new pests and weeds and managing existing ones. “

Business Business & Economy Environment Political Primary Industries Queensland Government Science & Research

AgForce Queensland :
Level 2, 110 Mary Street, Brisbane Qld 4000, Queensland Wide
07 3236 3100
AgForce Queensland
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Australia won’t go hungry while our farmers have our backs 24 March 2020 | While we live in troubling times, there is one thing Australians don’t have to worry – running out of high-quality fresh food. More information...
Clock ticking on primary producer land valuations 07 March 2020 | AgForce is warning primary producers throughout Queensland not to delay if they want to object to their new land valuations – or risk being lumped with higher rates and rent. More information...
AgForce congratulates trailblazing Georgie Somerset on Order of Aust 28 January 2020 | AgForce is thrilled that our General President Georgie Somerset has been named a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her long-term advocacy for rural and regional Australians. More information...
Government’s failure to grasp drought crisis ‘shameful’: AgForce 16 January 2020 | The failure of the State Government to appreciate the seriousness of the drought crisis – and its ongoing unwillingness to accept advice from people on the ground – have left many rural communities on the... More information...
Let’s solve water security before we worry about water meters: AgForce 10 December 2019 | The current furore over water meters is “putting the water cart before the horse” according to AgForce, who say the State first needs to solve its water security issue. More information...
Growing national interest in ‘natural capital’ a potential game-changer 05 December 2019 | AgForce has welcomed endorsement by the National Farmers Federation (NFF) and the Federal Government that the concept of ‘natural capital’ offers a way to improve both environmental outcomes and farm profit... More information...
AgForce questions Government commitment to invasive species control 18 November 2019 | With threats such as African Swine Fever and prickly acacia making biosecurity more important to Queensland agriculture than ever, AgForce has questioned the State Government’s commitment to managing invasive... More information...
Positive boost for communities as drought impacts grow: AgForce 07 November 2019 | Federal Government drought support measures announced today will deliver much needed economic stimulus for farm-dependent communities and small businesses doing it tough as they brace for another long, hot summ... More information...
Science-based Bradfield-type water scheme could reverse rural decline: AgForce 01 November 2019 | AgForce has commended both sides of politics for their vision in taking a fresh look at the pre-war Bradfield Scheme, saying it had the potential to reverse the decline of regional Queensland and relieve the... More information...
Qld Govt undermining revolutionary drought program for ‘petty politics’ 17 October 2019 | In what must be a new low, the Queensland Government is attempting to subvert the forward-looking Future Drought Fund announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison last month to score cheap political points. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service