Under the Biosecurity Act 2014 there is an obligation for landowners to undertake certain activities in relation to pest plant and animal management.
The general biosecurity obligation means you need to ensure your activities do not spread a pest, disease or contaminant. Your responsibilities are:
• take all reasonable and practical steps to prevent or minimise each biosecurity risk;
• minimise the likelihood of the risk causing a biosecurity event and limit the consequences of such an event; and
• prevent or minimise the adverse effects the risk could have and refrain from doing anything that might exacerbate the adverse effects.
A biosecurity risk exists when you deal with any pest, disease or contaminant, or with something that could carry one of these. This includes, for example, moving diseased plant material, or associated soil or equipment, off the property. A biosecurity event is caused by a pest, disease or contaminant that is, or is likely to become, a significant problem for human health, social amenity, the economy or the environment.
A landowner must take reasonable steps to keep land free of prohibited matter and restricted matter (unless they hold a declared pest permit allowing the pests to be kept on the land), when it is:
• the owner’s land;
• unfenced land comprising part of a road or stock route that adjoins or is within the owner’s land;
• other land that is fenced in with the owner’s land;
• the bed, banks and water of a watercourse on the owner’s land; or
• the bed, banks and water to the centreline of a watercourse forming a boundary, or part of a boundary, of the owner’s land.
It is also illegal to supply a prohibited or restricted plant anywhere in Queensland without a permit issued by Biosecurity Queensland. Further, under this Act it is an offence to move or transport by a vehicle on a road, if it is known, or ought to be known, that it or its load is contaminated with a prohibited or restricted plant. Before moving a contaminated vehicle, either:
• the load must be contained so as to prevent the release of any contaminated/ reproductive material; or
• The vehicle must be cleaned so that all contaminated / reproductive material is removed.
• Wash-down facilities are available within the Shire to help remove weed seeds, soil and other foreign matter from vehicles and machines, and Council staff are available to conduct vehicle inspections.
For further information contact Council’s Biosecurity (Pest) Management team on 4099 9444.