Council is responsible for ensuring landowner prevention and management of declared pest plants and animals in the Charters Towers Regional Council Local Government Area.  This involves implementing the Charters Towers Regional Council Biosecurity Plan 2019-24, establishing practices to prevent the introduction of new pests and strategies to eradicate existing pests in small numbers.  It also includes taking measures to contain established pests in the Region, liaising with landholders and enforcing the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002.

For further information on declared plants, including fact sheets, guidelines and strategies, please visit the Biosecurity Queensland website or contact Council.

Notifying Council about pests

Have you discovered a new weed or a new infestation of an existing weed?  If so, please advise Council in writing.  This will assist Council in keeping track of new weeds and plants and eradicate/control them as quickly as we can. Landholder submissions are accepted for Invasive Biosecurity Matters here.


Reducing weed risks from fodder

With the massive movements of drought fodder moved during the 2015 to 2017 drought and the weed risks associated with it, the Queensland Herbarium’s Weed Spotters Network and AgForce sought National Landcare funding for development of a fodder weed guide.

Although many sources of fodder are quality assured with minimal weed risk, the high demand for fodder during drought, coupled with the good intention of communities not aware of weeds or weedy grasses, resulted in an array of winter weeds emerging from some loads of drought fodder. In many cases these weeds emerging after winter rains are toxic if livestock are exposed to large amounts and can cause symptoms ranging from loss of condition to death. Seed heads from weedy grasses, such as giant rats tail grass, African love grass and gamba grass, impact pasture health and can easily contaminate fodder unbeknownst to those receiving it. 

Land managers should always be on the lookout for new emerging weeds to their area and seek identification from their local trusted networks. Many producers may not be aware that the Queensland Herbarium offers a free weed identification service, either by sending in a photo or plant specimen. The new fodder weed guide provides easy to follow steps on how to seek weed identification through the Herbarium, plus weblinks to a range of useful weed identification websites.
 
The ‘Reducing weed risks from fodder guide’ is available for download here.
 
Hard copies will be available through AgForce (on 07 3236 3100 or email agforce@agforceqld.org.au), and from a range of biosecurity, drought and multi-topic workshops across Queensland’s droughted regions.
 
AgForce and Weed Spotters Network Queensland acknowledge funding support from the Australian Government National Landcare Programme for the production and circulation of this fodder weed guide.
 

Siam Weed Surveillance Program

Charters Towers Regional Council intends to conduct surveillance across the Charters Towers Region as part of the Siam Weed Surveillance Program.

The purpose of the Program is to:

  • confirm the presence or absence of Siam weed in the Charters Towers Regional Council local government area;
  • Monitor the effects of measures taken in response to a biosecurity risk to which the Program relates posed by Siam weed within the Program area;
  • Monitor compliance with the Act to ensure all people who deal with invasive biosecurity matter or a carrier are meeting their General Biosecurity Obligations (GBO); and
  • Monitoring compliance with the Act for requirements in dealing with Restricted Invasive Plants.

The key activities undertaken by the Program include but are not limited to:

  • Aerial and ground surveillance visual inspections to verify the presence, absence or rate of spread of Siam weed. This may be conducted by ground crews on foot or by vehicle or using aerial techniques including Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) or low flying piloted aircraft;
  • Surveillance activities may include the taking of photographic, electronic or physical evidence related to Siam weed, including photos and videos, GPS locations and plant or soil material for seed monitoring; and/or
  • Requiring affected areas to provide details of a property scale Invasive Biosecurity Plan to manage the biosecurity risk of Siam weed.

Under the Surveillance Program the following obligation may be imposed on a person who is an occupier of a place to which the Program relates:

  • Affected areas are to provide details of a property scale Invasive Biosecurity Plan to manage the biosecurity risk of Siam weed.

The Program will begin on 1 June 2019 and will continue until 30 June 2021.

For further information or for a copy of the Biosecurity Program, please contact Council’s Infrastructure Services on telephone 4761 5300. Online copies of the Surveillance Program is accessible via the following link - Here.