Council tackles pests head on
  • Thursday 07 April 2011

Pest plants and animals degrade natural ecosystems and agricultural landscapes, threaten biodiversity and interfere with human health and recreation.

In response, Sunshine Coast Council has prepared the draft Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan 2011 – 2015, which was endorsed for ministerial review by council at its Ordinary Meeting yesterday.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Keryn Jones said the plan had been prepared in partnership with a number of key stakeholders.

"Combating the threats posed by pest animals and plants requires a commitment and combined effort from government agencies, industry and the community," Cr Jones said.

"We will now send the draft Plan to Biosecurity Queensland and once we receive the green light, we will start rolling out the actions.

"The Plan establishes local priorities, sets strategies and actions to address the impacts of pest plants and animals, identifies stakeholders and recognises their roles and responsibilities for managing pest species."

The draft plan targets pest species that are declared pests under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 as well as certain non-declared species that have been determined to be locally significant pests.

Council is already implementing a range of initiatives to tackle pests.

Some examples of existing initiatives are:

  • dob in a fox den
  • the Indian myna bird program
  • pest plants and animal surveys
  • pest management initiatives on council conservation reserves,
  • ongoing education and awareness and support to local community groups and private landholders for pest management activities.

The draft Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan 2011 – 2015 has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.

The Plan is an action of the Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy 2010 – 2020.