Just south of Cairns in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area a horror story is unfolding. The villains are aggressive, acid-spitting yellow crazy ants that can form super colonies and strip rainforests of wildlife if left unchecked.
The heroes are people like Edmonton landowner Frank Teodo, project coordinator like Lucy Karger, volunteers, contractors and Green Army crews battling at the front line of this deadly new invasion.
The Wet Tropics Management Authority estimates the eradication program needs ten more years to rid the Wet Tropics of yellow crazy ants. If the program fails the ants will spread and tourism, people, farmers and the rainforests will suffer.
The authority has prepared a $15 million proposal for the full eradication of yellow crazy ants – the Queensland Government has committed $3 million and the Federal Government $7.5 million.
That leaves a $4.5 million shortfall.
The cost of eradicating yellow crazy ants is tiny compared to the value of our Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Tourists alone spend $2 billion a year visiting its stunning rainforests.
Please join us by writing to federal environment minister Josh Frydenberg, federal agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce, Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk, Queensland minister for environment and heritage protection Steven Miles and Queensland minister for agriculture and fisheries, Leanne Donaldson calling on them to fully fund eradication of yellow crazy ants.
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