The future of the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program has been locked in with the Queensland Government locking in $9 million in funding to the project.
Australia has a small window of opportunity to keep the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area safe from yellow crazy ants. Researchers Lori Lach and Conrad Hoskin consider the potential costs of failure if the federal government refuses to provide more funding for eradication.
The Invasive Species Council has praised Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, for providing $2 million for a 5-year eradication program of yellow crazy ants after the Queensland Government withdrew funds late in 2012. This project will have long-term benefits for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area if the yellow crazy ants are eradicated. Eradication of…