Pests to be targeted to help the environment
  • Thursday 19 March 2015
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There will be nowhere to hide as Sunshine Coast Council weeds out the trouble makers.

Council officers will be carrying out the Pest Survey Program – in accordance with the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 – to help prevent damage to the environment, domestic animals and community amenity.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the purpose of the program was to monitor the distribution and spread of declared pest plants and raise community awareness about them.

“Council’s Vector and Pest Plant Officers will be carrying out the survey in rural and peri-urban properties throughout the Sunshine Coast Council region,” Cr McKay said.

“We will be promoting to landowners best practice in the treatment of declared pest plants while also monitoring compliance with the Act.

“Failure to efficiently deliver the pest survey program will put at risk the control of declared pest plants throughout the region, causing environmental damage, loss of biodiversity, threat to stock and domestic animals, loss of agricultural productivity and loss of community amenity.”

Running from April 1 until June 30, 2015, this is the last of four three-month programs this financial year.

Emphasis will be placed on inspecting properties that are more than 4000 square metres in the localities of Kenilworth, Obi Obi, Gheerulla, Cooloolabin, Belli Park, Kureelpa and Beerburrum.

Cr McKay said a variety of different communication vehicles would be available to help inform and assist property owners.

“Council encourages all Sunshine Coast residents to inspect their properties and make themselves familiar with information about declared pest plants on council’s website including advice on what they can do to manage any issues,” Cr McKay said.

“A number of resources, including booklets, fact sheets and public notices, will also be provided to rural and peri-urban landholders via mail outs, public notices and surveys.

“Any landowner who still has concerns can contact council and we will arrange for an officer to speak with you or visit your property.”

Council is also auditing and treating local road reserves for declared pest plants to meet its responsibilities under the legislation.

For further information, contact council’s Customer Contact Centre on (07) 5475 7272 or email mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.