The City of Logan Biosecurity Plan 2017-2022 (PDF 3498 KB) was adopted by Council on 8 November 2017 and will commence operation from 2 January 2018. The Plan will supersede Council's Pest Management Plan 2014-2018 (PDF 1022 KB). The plan was developed by Council in consultation with key stakeholders and used a risk management approach to prioritise pest species.
Invasive weeds and pest animals have significant negative impacts on the environment, the economy (particularly tourism and agriculture) and the community, including human health and social amenity. The effective management of pests is essential to prevent or minimise impacts on the Logan community, industry and environment.
The plan guides the management of specific pests in a way that reflects the real needs of the Logan community, environment and industry. This will also ensure that resources are not wasted on pests that do not or are unlikely to, have a significant impact on Logan.
What is a biosecurity plan?
A biosecurity plan is a pest management plan that details how specific pests will be managed. The City of Logan Biosecurity Plan (2017- 2022) outlines how specific pests will be managed in the Logan area. This plan is required by the Biosecurity Act 2014.
The purpose of the plan is to fulfil biosecurity obligations placed on Council and to provide a strategic direction for the management of invasive species within the Logan local government area. The plan outlines the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders in relation to managing invasive species on land under their control and/or while conducting activities that pose a ‘biosecurity risk’.
What pests does the plan cover?
- Plants and animals declared under the Biosecurity Act
- Plants and animals that are nationally significant, such as
- Previously documented locally significant plants and animals, e.g. Indian myna
- Pests highlighted by stakeholders during the consultation process
What doesn't the plan cover?
This plan does not cover the management of domestic animals, public health pests (e.g. rodents, mosquitoes, biting midges and cockroaches), marine pests and native nuisance animals and plants, garden and lawn weeds or long grass on roadsides. Nor does the plan consider pathogens of humans, domestic animals, livestock or plants.
How will the plan affect land I own or manage; or activities I carry out?
The Biosecurity Act places a ‘general biosecurity obligation’ (GBO) on all Queenslanders. This means that everyone is responsible for managing biosecurity risks (pest problems) that are:
- Under their control; and
- That they know about, or should reasonably be expected to know about.
A biosecurity risk exists when you deal with any pest, disease, weed or contaminant. This includes for example moving an animal, plant, turf, soil, machinery and/or equipment that could carry a pest, disease, weed or contaminant.
This means that you are responsible for pests on land under your control and when you carry out an activity that could for example introduce, spread or worsen an invasive pest (listed under the Biosecurity Act).
Biosecurity Surveillance Program 2017-18
The Biosecurity Act 2014 [the Act] section 48, states that the main purpose for local government under the Act is to ensure that Prohibited Invasive Biosecurity Matter and Restricted Invasive Biosecurity Matter (defined invasive plants and invasive animals) are managed within the local government's area in compliance with the Act.
To monitor that compliance with obligations under the Act it provides the powers of entry for local government authorised officers to enter public places, businesses at any time that are open for general entry and private premises only with the consent of the occupier, by warrant or as part of a Biosecurity Program (Surveillance Program; Prevention and Control Program).
Under the surveillance program, the following invasive pest plants are restricted matter which are currently medium to high priority within the City of Logan, will be specifically targeted:
- July to September - Mother of Millions, Parthenium, Singapore Daisy
- October to November - Honey Locust, Hymenachne, Parthenium, Salvinia, Senegal Tea, Singapore Daisy, Tropical Soda Apple, Water Hyacinth, Water Lettuce, Water Mimosa
- December to March - Alligator Weed, Annual Ragweed, Hygrophilla, Honey Locust, Rats Tail Grasses, Groundsel bush, Hymenachne, Parthenium, Salvinia, Singapore Daisy, Senegal Tea, Water Hyacinth, Water Lettuce
- April to June - Alligator Weed, Hygrophilla, Parthenium, Senegal Tea, Singapore Daisy
Invasive biosecurity matter pest animals such as wild dogs, dingoes, European rabbits and European foxes will be monitored and dealt with year-round.
These priorities and actions required of landowners will be updated after the City Of Logan Biosecurity Plan comes into effect from 2 January 2018.