09012: On-ground control of priority invasive species
Traditionally pest control services in pastoral areas have been overseen by Zone Control Authorities established under theAgriculture and Related Resources Protection Act 1976. Under theBiosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007, this role passed to recognised biosecurity groups (RBGs).
The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia received funding for the establishment of the RBGs to enable regional communities to develop and co-fund their own priority pest management programs.
Several activities, if funded, would demonstrate the value of coordinated pest management and enhance the process of establishment of RBGs.
This project funded these activities, which included blackberry control in the South West region, upgrades to the state barrier fence, and feral pig, fox and wild dog control.
|Investment:||$ 390 000|
|Delivery organisation:||Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia|
|Project duration:||January 2010 - December 2011|
|Location:||South West region|
Major project achievements
- Capacity for pest animal control through cooperative group action, skills development and enhancement of infrastructure was significantly improved.
- The establishment and continuation of Declared Species Groups (DSG) was supported.
- Priority waterways treated to eliminate or reduce blackberry infestation throughout the South West region.
- Wild dog and fox control conducted through existing DSG.
- 120 km of the State barrier fence was upgraded to wild dog control capacity.
- The number of pigs in the Lake Muir area was significantly reduced.
Dongolocking Feral Pig DSG; Eastern Wheatbelt DSG; Northern Mallee DSG; Quindanning Feral Pig DSG; Wandering / Hotham Feral Pig DSG; Lake Muir Feral Pig Group; Nannup Community Feral Pig Group; South Coast NRM