Year: 2013

Invasive Species Council CEO, Andrew Cox.

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The Invasive Species Council campaigns for better laws and protections for our native plants and animals from weeds, pests and feral invaders.

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Yellow crazy ants eradication funded

The Invasive Species Council has praised Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, for providing $2 million for a 5-year eradication program of yellow crazy ants after the Queensland Government withdrew funds late in 2012. This project will have long-term benefits for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area if the yellow crazy

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Coles dismisses complaint about weedy plant

One of our supporters, Clinton Garrett, contacted us with  his attempts to ask Coles to stop selling a weedy plant at its stores in South Australia. Clinton asked Coles to respond to the following inquiry: I see that our local Coles supermarket is selling an Ornithogalum cultivar “Chesapeake Snowflake”. It is

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Hunting Changes in NSW Fail to Address the Problem

In October the NSW Parliament passed legislation abolishing the NSW Game Council in response to the backlash against the proposal for recreational hunting in national parks. While the abolition may see the end of the counter productive influence on feral animal control by the NSW Game Council, the fear is

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Submission to NRC Issues Paper on weed management in NSW – Dec 2013

This submision sets out the dimensions of NSW’s weed threat – the extent and costs of weed invasion, the rate of introductions and naturalisations, and invasion drivers – and then proposes reforms to legislation, policy, governance arrangements and funding. It particularly stresses the need to fully implement a prevention focus

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Eradicating Red Imported Fire Ants: too devastating to fail

The fire ant was first recorded in Australia in 2001, just before ISC formed. Tim Low, author of Feral Future and joint founder of ISC, described the ant then as the ‘nastiest of eco-villains’. If unchecked, it could cover all of our tropical north and vast areas of coastal Australia.

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Justice for animals requires controlling invasive species

If you care about wildlife, the Animal Justice Party (AJP) has some strong election policies.[1] But aspects of their policies relevant to invasive species are poor for both animal welfare and conservation. The AJP policy on introduced animals downplays the great damage they cause, and their policy on feral horses

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Number 1 Seabird Threat

A new conservation issue emerged a couple of decades ago when Tasmanian wildlife officer Nigel Brothers showed that fishing operations were driving down albatross and petrel numbers by accidentally killing them as bycatch. The threat of long-line fishing caught public attention and led to reformed fishing practices, though seabird numbers

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