Australia has been put on a war footing against fire ants after every state, territory and the federal government signed off on a 10-year, $411.4 million battle plan.
Farmers, local government and environment groups are calling on every state, territory and the federal government to fully fund eradication of deadly red fire ants in this year’s budgets.
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…
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After exhaustive research, one of Australia’s most cherished island sanctuaries Lord Howe Island is about to hit go on its rat eradication project.
A spate of fire ant discoveries in Queensland has set alarm bells ringing, but instead we should treat them as a sign the new eradication program is beginning to hit its straps.
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.