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Highly aggressive yellow crazy ants are listed as one of the top 100 worst invasive species in the world, and sadly, have made it into northern Australia through our ports. Capable of forming super colonies, they threaten our Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and carry huge social, environmental and financial impacts.
That’s why we’ve joined Townsville City Council in the battle against yellow crazy ants in Queensland’s far north.
Our volunteers Bev Job and Janet Cross are working with local communities to eradicate yellow crazy ants, which have been present in Nome, just south of Townsville, since 2008.
Why we need your help?
- Yellow crazy ants are in the top 100 most invasive species list.
- These ants have infested a 40 hectare area in Nome, south of Townsville.
- They have invaded property owners’ houses and removed native wildlife from this area.
- This infestation is near Mount Elliot, Bowling Green National Park, a sanctuary for many threatened species, including northern quolls and the black-throated finch.
- Townsville City Council is baiting to eradicate this species but your help is needed for baiting, monitoring and surveying for this species.
- Eradication is achievable with the help and dedication of the community.
How you can help?
- Signup to the taskforce with the form below.
- Volunteers will be trained in the baiting, monitoring and surveying of yellow crazy ants.
- Our community coordinator organises the taskforce and is working with Townsville City Council.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government’s Community Sustainability Action grant program.