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Quarantine reforms squander chance to properly tackle big environmental threat

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The chance to comprehensively tackle one of the greatest threats to the environment alongside climate change could be squandered, is the verdict of the Invasive Species Council on one of Australia’s most important environmental reforms this decade, the Biosecurity Bill 2012. Open for public submissions until Wednesday, Australia’s draft biosecurity law offers stronger options for…

Weeds for aid – Australian wattles embroiled in dangerous overseas aid

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Aid and development agencies are courting disaster in Africa by promoting Australian wattles, warns Invasive Species Council biologist Tim Low, whose paper reviewing the problem was published this week in Biological Invasions. “Aid agencies face pressure to provide quick solutions to long-term problems, so they recommend plants that thrive on degraded lands – in other…

Once-in-a-century chance to get biosecurity right

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The federal government has given the Australian community a once-in-a-century opportunity to have a say in new quarantine and biosecurity legislation now open for public comment. “Australia’s biosecurity preparedness and response capabilities must be improved to better protect the environment from the next cane toad or prickly pear,” Invasive Species Council CEO John DeJose said…

Australia needs a national taskforce to stem the rising tide of environmental pests

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The Australian Government must stem the rising tide of environmental pests by creating a national body tasked with harnessing the energy and brainpower of community volunteers already battling the nation’s escalating weed and feral animal crisis, the Invasive Species Council said today. “The latest State of the Environment Report says 60 per cent of Australia’s…

Revealed: Game Council’s bogus ‘conservation’ hunting

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The Invasive Species Council today released detailed information showing that the Game Council model’s for recreational hunting, due to be expanded into NSW national parks, is costly, ineffective and likely to have adverse outcomes. “After a review of scientific advice on feral animal control and the record of the Game Council in NSW’s state forests…

Sporting legend John Landy joins fight against invasive species

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)…