US fire ant expert Dr Robert Puckett arrives in Australia today as part of a national tour of Australia to warn the country that it needs to act immediately to get rid of the super pest.
Labor and the Coalition must end their silence on one of the most important long-term issues facing Western Australian voters – eradicating fire ants from Australia.
Australia’s fire ant infestation is a national issue and needs powerful voices from across the country to call on every state, territory and the federal government to fully fund their eradication. Already the National Farmers’ Federation, AgForce, Local Government NSW, Victorian National Parks Association and the Nature Conservation Council have signed our open letter calling…
Dr Robert Puckett works in the southern United States and is at the forefront of the fight against invasive ants like the red fire ant. He is an Assistant Professor and Extension Entomologist at Texas A&M University. His dissertation work addressed innovations in fire ant bio control, winning national recognition from the Entomological Society of…
Support for eradication of Australia’s fire ant While Texan fire ant expert Dr Robert Puckett briefed Australia’s deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce in Canberra during our national fire ant emergency tour it quickly became clear Mr Joyce will be a clear leader in advocating for fire ant eradication. At the meeting the deputy prime minister reconfirmed his enthusiastic…
We led the call for governments across the country to fully fund the complete eradication of red fire ants from Australia. Now we look at how the program can get the job done.
A locally-led campaign to eradicate yellow crazy ants has resulted in native wildlife finally returning to wet tropics rainforest just north of Cairns.
Australia has more than 8300 islands, ranging in size from Tasmania to small rock stacks. These islands play a vital and unique role in the conservation of Australia’s native plants and animals. Many island species are found nowhere else. In some cases islands are the last refuge for species extinct on the Australian mainland. For…
Fact Sheets, Reports & Submissions
Eradicating red imported fire ants will be not only a major technical and scientific challenge but a governance one as well. The effectiveness of governance could make the difference between success and failure.
Submitted: June 2017This submission highlights the need to prioritise prevention and early detection and expresses support for a response model based on risk. It also encourages measures that are not be dependent on quantitative or financial assessment benefits.
Submitted: March 2017
This submission seeks the automatic triggering of NEBRA for priority organisms, majority instead of consensus decision-making, an emergency response fund, meaningful involvement of environmental stakeholders and environment departments, increased transparency, application of the precautionary principle and removal of the requirement for eradications to be cost beneficial.