Category: community-effort

Victoria’s cactus warriors honoured

They’ve lured Work for the Dole crews, the local footy club and even prison labourers into their scheme to rid invasive wheel cactus from their part of Victoria, and now a little community group in central Victoria has received a national Froggatt Award

Froggatt Awards 2017

Invasive species have become one of the largest threats facing Australia’s natural environment, but their continued arrival and spread is all too often neglected as a conservation issue. The Froggatt Awards are given to those who have made a major contribution to protecting Australia’s native plants and animals, ecosystems and people from dangerous new invasive…

Our community coordinator Yvette Williams is keen for more volunteers to get involved in the Townsville Yellow Crazy Ant Community Taskforce.

Townsville Yellow Crazy Ant Community Taskforce

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…

Cruise ships are one of several pathways by which new invasive species can reach Norfolk Island. Photo: Thomas Huxley | CC BY-ND 2.0

Norfolk Island rat baiting network and biosecurity project

In late 2016 the Invasive Species Council and Island Conservation, working with the local community, began a project on Norfolk Island to better control existing invasive pests and prevent the introduction of new potential pest species. The project had two objectives: Controlling rodents and ants The first was to help the Norfolk Island community protect…

Walk to save Kosci from feral horses

A band of avid bushwalkers want you to join them on a mission to Save Kosci from feral horses and walk from Sydney to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. Are you in?

Caro Ryan is a search manager with the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad and runs 'lotsafreshair', a website filled with great bushwalking tips.

Why it’s so important to clean our gear

While keeping your gear clean may feel like a chore, it can actually go a long way in helping to keep our parks and reserves free of weeds and soil-borne diseases, says bushwalk leader Caro Ryan.

Feedback on environmental biosecurity roundtables

Submitted: March 2018
National environmental biosecurity roundtables were held in 2016 and 2017. A set of eight recommendations are offered to maximise the value of roundtables for participants and to deepen the relationship between government and the community and environmental sector.

Engaging the community sector on environmental biosecurity

Engaging the community sector on environmental biosecurity – Nov 2012

A paper prepared for the Biosecurity Advisory Council (reports to the federal minister for agriculture). This paper outlines the benefits and costs of community engagement in decision-making and policy-setting in environmental biosecurity, assesses the current state of engagement at the national level and makes recommendations for improvement.