Media release

Sporting legend John Landy joins fight against invasive species

Read more »

While the world’s eyes turn to London for the 2012 Olympics this year, former Australian champion John Landy will be channelling the focus and determination that made him a world-beater into taking on the country’s growing weed and feral animal problems. Only the second man in the world to break the four-minute mile, Mr Landy…

Sport hunting decision will worsen feral animal threats in NSW national parks

Read more »

The Invasive Species Council today condemned a decision by the NSW Government to open up about 40% of the state’s national parks and reserves to hunting. The plan, announced yesterday by NSW premier Barry O’Farrell, overturns his promise to keep sport hunting out of national parks. “This plan opens up almost 80 national parks and…

Federal biosecurity laws must usher in a new age of environmental protection

Read more »

Iconic Australian landscapes such as Kakadu and Lamington national parks will remain at the mercy of newly invading pests and diseases if new biosecurity and quarantine laws continue to be dominated by agricultural interests, the Invasive Species Council warned today. “For more than a century Australia’s natural environment has been sidelined by agriculture when it…

Australia’s much-loved wattles in sights of overseas plant pest

Read more »

Australia’s national floral emblem the golden wattle is now a sitting duck for newly evolving plant pests after the Australian Government failed to deal with the recent invasion of myrtle rust, a deadly plant-killing disease that has infested NSW, Queensland and most recently Victoria. “South African foresters are warning that new diseases attacking Australian wattles…

Parties flog feral fallacies

Read more »

Labor and Liberal are unashamedly promoting the fallacy that recreational hunting provides effective feral animal control in a bid to win the shooters vote at this month’s state election, the Invasive Species Council said today. “Invasive species are one of Victoria’s top three environmental threats and cause huge economic damage, and yet the election policies…

NSW groups call for action on creeping weed peril

Read more »

The Invasive Species Council today called for better weed laws, policies and funding in NSW to tackle weed invasions that are overwhelming authorities and landholders. The council has released a reform plan – Stopping NSW’s Creeping Peril – endorsed by more than 40 organisations representing a who’s who of environment and bush care groups, local…

Victorian Government must ban weedy pasture plant

Read more »

Conservationists today called on the Victorian Government to stop promoting a weed its own researchers have identified as capable of invading half the state. The Invasive Species Council and The Wilderness Society warn that future generations will judge the government harshly if it fails to act against Tall Wheat Grass (Lophopyrum ponticum), a pasture plant…

Boobook Declaration: Environment groups call for action in 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

Read more »

The Invasive Species Council has joined 40 environment groups from across Australia to call on the Australian Government to act decisively to protect biodiversity in 2010, the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity. The groups, representing hundreds of thousands of Australians, want the Federal Government to triple biodiversity investment to $9 billion over three years…

Biofuels push could unleash one of the world’s worst weeds on to Aussie soils

Read more »

Biofuels will become a catastrophe for Australia if governments fail to exercise more responsibility, an international conference organised by the CSIRO and OECD will be told today. Speaking in Canberra Tim Low, biologist and project officer with the Invasive Species Council, will warn that government agencies are courting disaster by promoting giant reed (Arundo donax)…

NSW Government should tear up Shooters Party game bill

Read more »

The Invasive Species Council today called on the NSW Government to reject the Shooters’ Party bill that would open national parks to hunting, establish private game reserves and release feral birds into the natural environment. The NSW Parliament is due to debate the Game and Feral Animal Control Amendment Bill this week, and the government…

Tasmania ill-prepared for climate change super invaders

Read more »

Tasmania is ill-equipped to deal with potentially massive weed invasions sparked by climate change, environment groups have warned ahead of a major weeds forum in Campbell Town today. Jarrah Vercoe from the Tasmanian Weed Society said that despite a growing awareness that some of Australia’s worst weeds are likely to flourish under climate change, very…

NSW game council claims lack substance

Read more »

The Invasive Species Council is perplexed by a media release issued by Game Council NSW headlined “Declare Invasive Species Council feral, not wild deer”. In the release Game Council NSW accuses ISC of being an “ill-informed nuisance organisation” that is “seeking to impose extremist environmental messages onto governments” because the council has called on NSW…

NSW and Victoria should declare deer feral pests – in line with Queensland and SA

Read more »

The Invasive Species Council (ISC) today urged the Victorian and NSW governments to declare deer feral pests and implement control programs to protect the environment and agriculture – in line with states across their borders. The call comes after the Queensland primary industries minister Tim Mulherin today announced that seven deer species would be declared…

ISC welcomes launch of national invasive species alliance

Read more »

The Invasive Species Council today welcomed the launch of the Stop Invasive Species Alliance, a coalition of 17 national and state environment groups of which ISC is a founding member. ISC president Steve Mathews said the launch of the Stop Invasive Species Alliance was the best possible way to commemorate International Day for Biological Diversity…