Recent news of 220 cuts to the federal agriculture department targeting frontline biosecurity staff does not bode well for Australia’s preparedness for the growing wave of agricultural and environmental pests.
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
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
Prevention is best, but where invasive species have established, eradication, if feasible, is far better than long-term containment and control. This is the well-known hierarchy of desirable responses to invasive species. With red imported fire ants, targeted for eradication in Queensland, eradication failure would lead to damage and control costs
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
Observation of Pest Horse Impacts in the Australian Alps, by Graeme Worboys and Ian Pulsford, illustrates the extent of the damage to the alpine national parks of NSW and Victoria.
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
The Invasive Species Council today urged the NSW Government to amend the Bill abolishing Game Council NSW, introduced into Parliament today, to overcome the game hunting culture that is hampering feral animal control in that state.
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.
If you care about wildlife, the Animal Justice Party (AJP) has some strong election policies. 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
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