09069: Establishment of wheatbelt regional biosecurity group

    This project examined models for establishing a Recognised Biosecurity Group (RBG) in the Avon region to meet the requirements of the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act (2007).

    Groups that control pests that impact on public as well as private interests can receive formal recognition as a RBG. These groups can raise funds within their area of operation to carry out programs to control established animal and plant pests; these funds are matched dollar-for-dollar by the State Government.

    Investment: $ 88 773
    In-kind contribution: $ 25 000
    Delivery organisation: Wheatbelt NRM
    Project duration: June 2010 - March 2013
    Location: Avon River Basin

    Major project achievements

    • Community engagement through workshops, written discussion papers and media coverage increased public awareness to the necessity of establishing biosecurity. Directly, 38 people were engaged through the workshops.

    • The outcomes of the project were provided to DAFWA to inform policy development.

    Lessons Learnt

    • Reassessment of milestones may be key to project completion if they are unnecessary or redundant - regulations prevented community consultation but not the overall project.

    Project partners

    Wheat belt Natural Resource Management Inc.; Department of Agriculture and Food; GHD Pty Ltd.; Bodalin Catchment Group; Corrigin Farm Improvement Group; Corrigin CRC; Eastern Wheatbelt Declared Species Group; Toodyay Friends of the River; Wyalkatchem Men's Shed

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