Grants to boost invasive pest management in Far North Queensland

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities The Honourable Mark Furner

Main points:

  • The Queensland Government has awarded more than $400,000 to Far North Queensland local councils to boost invasive pest management.
  • Four projects will support collaboration and build capacity across the region.
  • Improved collaboration in pest management will enhance biosecurity capacity.

Media release

Local councils across Far North Queensland will receive grants totalling more than $400,000 to support collaboration and build capability in invasive pest management.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said four projects had been successful in getting funding through the Enhancing Local Government Biosecurity Capacity (ELGBC) program.

“Far North Queensland is particularly vulnerable to biosecurity threats, due to its proximity to international borders and high levels of tourism,” Mr Furner said.

“Grants awarded under the ELGBC program will encourage local level participation and a coordinated group approach to build stronger working relationships and enhance biosecurity capacity.”

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said: “This funding will see Far North Queensland councils work together to plan and manage invasive pests across broad landscapes and multiple boundaries”.

“Each of the successful projects will improve collaboration in regional pest management, and work towards providing a legacy of co-operation and partnership,” Ms Lui said.

The successful applicants are:

  • Far West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils Inc.
  • Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils
  • Torres Strait Island Regional Council.

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