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Weeds in focus at regional biosecurity meeting

20 March 2017

Restricted and prohibited invasive weeds and biosecurity planning were the focus of a regional biosecurity meeting hosted by Ipswich City Council last week.

The meeting attracted representatives from councils including Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich as well as Biosecurity Queensland.

Health and Community Safety Committee Chairwoman Councillor Sheila Ireland said the councils discussed ways to control pest weeds at local and regional levels.

“Many invasive species have become a significant problem across South-East Queensland and councils are working on a coordinated approach to tackling the issue,” she said.

“For example, Fireweed is of significant concern to residents in a number of council areas and meetings like these ensure local governments are able to share control experiences and skills.

“Ipswich City Council continues to take a lead role on fireweed control by hosting community programs and workshops and meetings with nearby councils and government agencies.”

Rosewood-based Councillor David Pahlke said changes to the State Government Biosecurity Act had put more responsibility on local governments to combat weeds.

“In 2016 we saw a 67 per cent increase in reports of fireweed infestations,” he said.

“Weeds like this have a serious impact on the rural way of life by invading and out-competing pasture species and poisoning livestock.

“The existence of invasive weeds is one of the most important issues in the on-going protection and management of Ipswich’s rural industry and natural resources.”

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