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Pest Management & Biosecurity

A draft Biosecurity Plan has been developed by Council in consultation with key stakeholders. Council is now seeking feedback from the community and other stakeholders on the content and anticipated effectiveness of the plan. The draft plan is open for comment between Thursday 31 August and Wednesday 27 September 2017. 

View the draft Biosecurity Plan.

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 Biosecurity Act gives Local Governments the flexibility to determine the pests that are causing, or have the potential to cause, the greatest impact within their area. It also allows Local Governments, along with their communities, to determine the most appropriate response to those threats.

The plan aims to guide 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. 

Community and stakeholder engagement during the development of the plan is critical to ensure that the pests are assessed and prioritised correctly. The consultation also aims to gain commitment from all stakeholders, so that an effective and coordinated approach to pest management is taken by all.

Have your say by completing the draft Biosecurity Plan survey.

Logan City boasts a variety of bushland habitats, waterways and vast rural areas, home to many native flora and fauna species. Declared pests are a threat to these natural areas and waterways. Declared pests are plants and animals that cause significant adverse economic, environmental and social impacts.

What is a biosecurity plan?

A biosecurity plan is a pest management plan that details how specific pests will be managed. The draft 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?

The plan covers a broad range of pest plants and animals, from foxes through to Cat’s Claw Creeper. A total of 223 pest species were assessed and included:

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).

The City of Logan Biosecurity Plan sets local levels of control for these invasive pests and other specific pests, based on the needs of the local community, environment and industry. In practical terms the plan outlines how vigilant you will need to be in preventing or managing specific pests (based on the priority) and what management objective you will need to apply to specific pests e.g. whether you will need to eradicate the pest or just contain it (manage numbers). 

As a landowner/manager or someone who carries out an activity (private individual, organisation or business) that could cause a biosecurity risk (pest problem), you will want to know how pests have been prioritised, as this will affect how you will be required to prevent or control these pests in the future.

How will the plan affect me or my family?

As a resident of Logan, pests can affect you in many different ways, such as: waterweeds can affect boating or fishing; exotic ants can affect your enjoyment of parkland and natural areas; or vigorous or thorny weeds can prevent access to bushland. Also pest animals can cause death or injury to people or pets e.g. deer on roads causing road accidents or foxes killing backyard chickens. When invasive weeds enter our yards they can grow and spread quickly, resulting in sometimes costly and time consuming control activities.

As a resident you will want to know that pests that can affect you are managed effectively, so that any significant impacts on you, your family and your property are reduced or eliminated. You may also want to know that pests are managed in natural areas so that their plants and animals are preserved and protected for the future. The City of Logan Biosecurity Plan aims to set a clear direction for the effective management of pests in the Logan local government area, so that pests do not impact significantly on residents or natural areas. 

How were pests assessed and prioritised?

The first step taken to prioritise pests in Logan was to survey key stakeholders to find out from them, which pests were causing the greatest impacts. The results of this survey influenced the prioritisation of pests in the next step.

All pests were then subject to a risk assessment process by Council staff. Each pest was assessed through a pest assessment matrix to determine the priority level (high, medium, moderate) of the pest and the management objective that will be applied to the pest i.e. prevention, eradication etc. Meetings were then held with key stakeholders (both internal and external) to discuss the prioritised lists. Some amendments were made to the priorities as a result of these discussions.

The plan is available for general community input between 31 August and 27 September 2017. Feedback received during this time will be considered for inclusion into the plan prior to it being formally adopted by Council.

Why should I care about the plan?

Certain 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. An effective biosecurity plan is essential for the City to ensure that pests are managed effectively and that adverse impacts are reduced or eliminated.

What parts of the plan are important to me?

Different parts of the plan will be of interest to different people/ stakeholders. The following gives an explanation of the structure of the plan and the points of interest in each part.

The plan is divided into three parts:

  • The Introduction and Background
  • The Strategic Biosecurity Program
  • The Invasive Species Plan

The introduction will be of interest to you if you would like to understand in more detail any of the following: purpose of plan, background, legislative framework, stakeholder roles and responsibilities, monitoring and evaluation of the plan.

The Strategic Biosecurity Program will be of interest to you if you would like to understand in more detail the principals and strategies that set the strategic direction of the plan.

The Invasive Species Plan will be of interest to you if you would like to understand in more detail the methods used to assess and prioritise pests, the lists of pests prioritised, and the results of prioritisation and management objectives assigned to pests. This section also outlines the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders including individuals, industry, and Council in managing pests in the Logan local government area.

Pest management

Council's Pest Management Plan 2014-2018 (PDF 1189 KB) identifies our environmentally significant areas and aquatic environments that will be closely monitored. The plan aims to:

  • improve the effectiveness of control activities
  • monitor and report on performance
  • Prioritise pest management activities
  • Improve coordination
  • Improve stakeholder participation
  • Increase public awareness about the need to manage declared pests.

The plan was developed in consultation with key stakeholders who share a commitment to protect Logan's natural environment and sustain primary production.