Pest plants and animals pose a major threat to Queensland’s biodiversity, our agriculture and our regional lifestyles. But last week, an historic MOU was signed that aims to improve the management of weeds and pest animals across the State.
The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by by Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective, Local Government Association of Queensland and Biosecurity Queensland (a division of DEEDI) aims to assist in the implementation of the Queensland Biosecurity Strategy, the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 and Regional Natural Resource Management plans.
Weeds and pest animals have major impacts on the Queensland economy, environment, social amenity and human health. They impact on primary, tourism and infrastructure industries, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, recreational and social amenity and human health. The cost to Queensland primary industries alone is in excess of $700 million dollars per annum in lost production and control costs.
Andrew Drysdale, CEO Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective believes it is a significant move. “It allows us to ensure better coordination between all parties,” he said. “The MOU clarifies the roles and responsibilities of Local Government, Regional NRM Groups and the State.”
“Not only will we have an enhanced understanding of the complementary responsibilities of each party, we will also improve government and community services as well as access to those services,” Andrew said.
Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective is also represented on the new Biosecurity Queensland Ministerial Advisory Council which provides a forum for exchange of information and views relating to the development of policies, programs and services affecting Queenslanders.
The first meeting of the Ministerial Advisory Council will be held on 18 June in Brisbane.