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Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan
  • Last updated:
  • 19 Oct 2017

In 2012 Council adopted the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan 2012-2016 (the Plan) in accordance with the requirements of the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 (the Land Protection Act).

On the 01 July 2016, the Land Protection Act was replaced by the new Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act). 

Under the new Act local governments are required to produce pest management plans in the form of biosecurity plans.

The Draft Sunshine Coast Council Local Government Area Biosecurity Plan was endorsed by Council for public consultation on the 17 August 2017.

The draft Plan establishes a framework to support a cooperative and coordinated management approach that focuses available resources at the highest risk invasive plants and animals in order to deliver the most effective outcomes.

The draft Plan identifies:

  • 270 invasive plants and animals in the Sunshine Coast local government area
  • 78 of these invasive plants and animals as priorities
  • catchments as the management unit, including the coastal environment (beaches, dunes and adjacent lands) as its own separate management unit
  • five management responses based on the effectiveness of available control measures and the known abundance of each invasive species known to occur in each management unit
  • threats on our local government border, from within broader Queensland and on the Queensland border
  • 12 strategic actions to guide stakeholders in the development of their tailored biosecurity implementation plans.

View a full copy of the draft Plan and Have Your Say.  Submissions close 22 September at 5pm

The current Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan 2012-2016 will continue as an interim measure until the new Sunshine Coast Council Local Government Area Biosecurity Plan is finalised.   

Purpose

The Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan provides a foundation for managing weeds and pest animals across the Sunshine Coast. The plan meets the local government requirements outlined in the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.

Overview

The plan applies to all land within the boundaries of the Sunshine Coast local government area. It targets pest species that are declared pests under the Land Protection Act, as well as non-declared species that have been identified as locally significant pests.

The plan:

  • establishes local pest management priorities
  • defines stakeholder roles and responsibilities
  • sets strategies and actions for pest management
  • sets achievable objectives that address the economic, environmental and social impacts of pest plants and animals
  • ensures resources are targeted at high priority activities and those most likely to succeed
  • includes measures for monitoring and evaluating its effectiveness.

View the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan 2012-2016:

A combined approach to pest management

The plan is to be implemented by a wide range of organisations, groups and individuals including council, government agencies, industry, natural resource management groups, research institutions and landowners.

Community engagement

Stakeholder working groups were formed to guide the development of the plan and a draft version was available for public comment from 18 September 2010 to 15 November 2010. Council reviewed the submissions received and considered these when finalising the plan.

Background

The plan is a key action of the Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2020, which recognises weeds and pest animals as a significant threat to biodiversity on the Sunshine Coast. Weeds and pest animals degrade landscapes, natural ecosystems and impact on people's lifestyles.

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