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Invasive Species Management in Brisbane

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Whether you own a house with a garden in the inner city, suburban acreage or an industrial site, every land owner in the Brisbane Local Government Area has a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO) to manage risks associated with invasive plants and animals on their land.

Biosecurity Plan for the Brisbane Local Government Area

On 6 February 2018, Brisbane City Council adopted the Biosecurity Plan for the Brisbane Local Government Area (Biosecurity Plan). The plan was required in accordance with stakeholders, invasive species experts and the general public.

The Biosecurity Plan uses a risk-based methodology to prioritise the State declared invasive plants and animals listed within the Act. This risk-based approach ranks species based on the risk they pose to the Brisbane area. Biosecurity Programs have been developed for each high-risk species detailing the strategies Council can deploy to manage these species in accordance with the risk they pose.

Purpose

The Biosecurity Plan for the Brisbane Local Government Area has been designed to:

  • evaluate the risks and impacts posed by invasive (non-native) plants and animals to the Brisbane area)
  • develop options to overcome those impacts
  • identify and communicate the strategies and actions available to manage invasive species impacts on private and public land
  • implement actions and strategies to manage the risks and impacts of invasive species on private and public land
  • provide Council with the tools to amend the management approach in response to changes to the risks or impacts of invasive species. 

Download the plan

To find out more details about the plan, you can download it in full:

Biosecurity programs

Biosecurity Programs have been developed to enable Council to proactively respond to invasive species that pose a significant risk to the Brisbane area. Biosecurity Programs:

  • have been developed for the management of high-risk invasive plants and animals 
  • identify a range of strategies available for the management of high-risk pest species depending on their impact across the city
  • enable Council to monitor compliance with obligations and, where appropriate, carry out management actions under the Biosecurity Act. The purpose of each Program, and when they are in effect, are detailed in the Biosecurity Plan.

The Biosecurity Programs enable Council to monitor compliance with obligations and, where appropriate, carry out management actions under the Biosecurity Act. The purpose of each Program, when the Programs start (February 2018) and the period over which the Programs are to be carried out (until 31 December 2022) are detailed in the Biosecurity Plan.

Properties to be monitored include any land containing vegetation or other features of sufficient size to harbour invasive plants or animals that are restricted matter. 

A copy of the program authorisation is contained within the Biosecurity Plan for the Brisbane Local Government Area. The Biosecurity Plan is also available for inspection at any of Brisbane City Council’s business centres. There is no cost of purchase of the program if obtained from Council’s public office.

Invasive species management under the Natural Assets Local Law

In recognition of concern about the impacts of other invasive plants not specifically listed in the Biosecurity Act or the Biosecurity Regulation 2016, the Biosecurity Act allows Council to manage other invasive species through their local laws. Programs authorised under Council’s Natural Assets Local Law 2003 (NALL) will complement the Biosecurity Plan and support the achievement of its objectives. Accordingly, for convenience, pest vegetation under the NALL is included in the Biosecurity Plan. Inspection programs under the NALL are separate to those under the Biosecurity Plan.

For information regarding pest plant inspections conducted under Council’s Natural Assets Local Law, contact Council on 07 3403 8888.

06 July 2018