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    09007: Implementing recognised biosecurity groups

    Invasive species pose the greatest threat to biodiversity after land clearing. Effective management of invasive species requires coordination and ongoing commitment.

    Recognised biosecurity groups (RBGs), established under theBiosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007, can provide this coordination and give communities access to government funds on a matching-dollar basis for the management of invasive pests.

    With funding from the State NRM Program, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia assisted Pastoral Zone Control Authorities in their transition to RBGs.

    A number of Declared Species Groups (DSGs) also received government funding on a matching-dollar basis to promote the co-funded approach to pest management of RBGs. This project used DSG case studies to promote the co-funding approach.

    Investment: $ 520 000
    Delivery organisation: Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
    Project duration: September 2009 - June 2011
    Location: South West region

    Major project achievements

    • Five pastoral RBGs formed under theBiosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007, replacing existing ZCAs.
    • Workshops held with Carnarvon, Kalgoorlie-Goldfields, Kimberley, Meekatharra and Pilbara RBGs to develop strategic and operational plans.
    • All five pastoral RBGs developed and implementing evidence-based strategic plans. Associated operational plans are based on pest species that pose highest risk to landholders within RBG areas of operation and have achievable outcomes.
    • Governance package produced.
    • Appropriate insurance policies obtained and provided for each RBG.
    • All RBGs received first six months of operational funding.

    More information

    Tim Thompson, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (08) 9780 6321

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