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Landholders Urged to Step Up Biosecurity Control

MANAGING invasive pest plants and animals is everyone’s responsibility and Somerset Regional Council is encouraging all landholders to step up and do their bit to manage pests.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said managing pest plants and animals in the region was vital.

“Pest management is only effective if everyone does their bit,” Cr Lehmann said.

“We need property owners to manage the spraying or removal of pest plants on their own properties and manage pest animals.

“Council does what it can on Council owned and managed land but unless we all take pest management seriously and work together to manage infestations, we will never be able to effectively control the spread.”

Under the Bisosecurity Act 2014 all Queenslanders have a general biosecurity obligation to manage invasive plants and animals under their control.

Cr Lehmann said Council officers were available to assist residents with advice and control measures to manage various pest plants and animals.

“Council has several programs in place to assist landholders fight the spread of invasive plants and animals including a Chemical Subsidy Scheme, wild dog baiting program, traps for hire and much more,” he said.

“Council is only too happy to help and we encourage landholders who need assistance or advice on managing pest species to call Council.”

For pest management advice phone Council on 5424 4000.