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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)…

NSW Government should tear up Shooters Party game bill

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Professional, not amateur, deer control needed

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The opening this weekend of the NSW deer hunting season has sparked a call from conservation groups for professional deer control programs to replace the ad hoc, unplanned and ineffective efforts of recreational hunting on public land as a means of controlling the pest animal problem. NSW National Parks Association and Australia’s Invasive Species Council…

Bitou bush is bad now, but wait until climate change hits

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As Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett today launches a guide to tackle the spread of one of Australia’s most destructive weeds along New South Wales’ coastline the Invasive Species Council has warned that weed problems will get much worse under climate change. Mr Garrett is launching a new Bitou Bush Management Manual at La Parouse,…

Deer hunting scheme will cost us dear

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The Invasive Species Council today called on the Victorian Government to scrap its proposed recreational hunting scheme, which will considerably worsen environmental damage from feral deer. As documented in its report, A Deer Mistake, evidence from all over the world shows that recreational hunting almost never achieves effective control of feral animals. Author of the report and…

Thumbs up for NT gamba grass weed declaration

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The Invasive Species Council has welcomed the declaration of gamba grass as a weed by the Northern Territory government (which follows bans by the Queensland and Western Australian governments). ISC also called for better protection against other fire-promoting pasture grasses. “Gamba grass is the worst of the worst, the triffid of the plant world,” ISC…

Savannah cats: Australia wide open to bigger, meaner, tougher pests

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Under current laws the Australian environment could be devastated by the importation of all sorts of bigger, tougher, and meaner varieties of existing feral pests. The Invasive Species Council welcomes recent scientific and public concern about the mega Savannah cats, for highlighting major loopholes in federal environmental laws that typically do not require risk assessments…