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Media Release - Biosecurity in Focus – Council Adopts 2024 Hinchinbrook Local Government Area Biosecurity Plan

29th May 2024

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, local governments play a crucial role in safeguarding their regions against invasive biosecurity threats. As part of this mandate, stakeholders are required to develop and annually review a Biosecurity Plan to address invasive matters within the Hinchinbrook area.

The Hinchinbrook Local Government Area Biosecurity Plan (HLGABP) serves as a strategic roadmap for managing priority weeds and pest animals across all land tenures within the Hinchinbrook region. Designed for community wide benefit, this plan embodies a collaborative approach to combatting invasive species.

On Wednesday 1 May 2024, Council alongside relevant stakeholders, convened for the annual review of the HLGABP to continue to mitigate the impacts and prevent the introduction and spread of invasive plants and animals within the Hinchinbrook Shire through coordinated efforts.

At its core, the HLGABP aims to empower the community with knowledge of their General Biosecurity Obligations and foster a sense of ownership over invasive plant and animal management on lands under their control. Additionally, it encourages stakeholders to engage in coordinated management practices to minimise the spread of existing species and prevent the introduction of new invasive threats.

Councillor Kate Milton underscored the significance of this initiative, emphasising the responsibility of protecting the region’s natural beauty and agricultural lands from biosecurity threats.

“Invasive biosecurity threats, including pest weeds and feral animals, pose significant challenges to our native ecosystems and land managers,” remarked Councillor Milton. “Through our local Biosecurity Plan, Council is committed to utilising available resources, however, the collective effort of our stakeholders and the wider community is essential.”

On Tuesday 28 May 2024, Council officially adopted the 2024 HLGABP, setting the stage for ongoing action. The HLGABP is slated for its next review in April 2025, reflecting Council’s commitment to adaptive management in response to evolving biosecurity challenges.

To access the current HLGABP and learn more about land and pest management initiatives, visit Council’s website, Land and Pest Management page.

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