The Queensland invasive species scorecard released today shows that the Greens, then Labor have the strongest commitment to protecting the sunshine state from ferals, weeds and pests.
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.
Along with land clearing, invasive species are the major threat to wildlife in Queensland. Yet biosecurity has been missing from Queensland election headlines.
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.
Fact Sheets, Reports & Submissions
Submitted: July 2017
A joint submission to the draft Queensland Biosecurity Strategy 2017-22 by the Invasive Species Council, Queensland Conservation Council and Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland. The strategy is broadly endorsed but argues for a greater emphasis on environmental biosecurity and recognition of the limited capacity of the conservation sector.
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.