Biosecurity Plan 2021-2025

Gladstone Regional Council is developing a Biosecurity Plan to strengthen and protect the Gladstone Region’s environment and ecosystems from biosecurity risks. In accordance with the Biosecurity Act 2014, the new strategy will replace the current Biosecurity Plan expiring in December 2020.

The plan sets out key objectives and priority actions for our unique region. Key issues include invasive pest plants including giant rats tail grass, parthenium, feral Leucaena, landholders (absent and present) awareness and capability and pest animals including wild dogs, feral pigs, rabbits, foxes, Indian myna birds.

The draft plan has been informed by a significant amount of research, Council's Pest Management team, alignment with the Biosecurity Act 2014, and consideration of emerging priorities. It also forms the foundation of landholder, land manager and Council actions which includes control of land, community education & awareness and compliance & enforcement of the Biosecurity Act 2014 within the region.

We are now seeking community consultation and feedback on the plan and need your help.

Win one of five native plants provided by Tondoon Botanic Gardens, by completing the Biosecurity Plan 2021-2025 Community Survey below.

Please note only respondents that meet the Terms and Conditions for the Prize Draw will be eligible to win a prize.

You can also become involved with the Biosecurity Plan by attending a community information session.

Engagement Results

Biosecurity Plan Community Survey Results - 8 September to 11 October, 298 views and 35 responses
  • Most respondents associate General Biosecurity Obligation with controlling and preventing the spread of invasive species.
  • Most respondents do not use the washdown facilities, because 1. They do not go through properties and/or infected areas; 2. Proximity to washdown facilities 3. They use their own or have access to another washdown facility.
  • The priority pests identified included Giant Rats Tail Grass, Parthenium, Rubber vine, Leucaena, feral animals and Indian Myna birds.
  • Among the significant environmental areas highlighted were: waterways, national parks and conservation areas.
  • Most respondents believe the best way to educate, inform and generate awareness is through field days, followed by Facebook posts, and that the education and awareness should focus on ‘control of weeds’.