The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has extended the yellow crazy ant (YCA) biosecurity direction for Lismore and Terania Creek for another six months to ensure the success of the eradication program.
DPI’s State Planning Manager, Scott Charlton the eradication program has been progressing very well, and the extension is to ensure it is completed successfully.
“We haven’t seen any ants for quite a while, however it is necessary to undertake further baiting before we can be confident the risk is no longer present,” Mr Charlton said.
“That’s why DPI has extended the biosecurity direction to ensure that there is no movement of high risk materials out of the known infestation areas.
“Control work involves strategic baiting in the CBD of Lismore and at Terania Creek as well as use of a sniffer dog to confirm the absence of ants at both locations.
“This will occur between now and the end of June, with assistance from biosecurity staff from North Coast Local Land Services.”
“NSW DPI and Local Land Services would like to thank the community for their ongoing patience and cooperation during this time.”
YCA are listed as prohibited matter under the Biosecurity Act 2015 as they are a serious environmental pest which poses a risk to the economy, environment and community.
“To make sure the ants do not spread, we will also continue to restrict the movement of vegetative matter and soil from the Lismore CBD and surrounds. Restrictions are also in place for some properties in Terania Creek,” Mr Charlton said.
“If you have a permit already, we will issue you with a new one for the period from 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2019.
“If you are undertaking activities that may require you to move vegetative material or soil in the Lismore area, please visit the DPI website to see if you need a permit, and apply for one as needed.
“Biosecurity is a shared responsibility and the community are playing an important role in helping us rid NSW of yellow crazy ant by following the movement restriction rules and reporting any signs of suspect ants.”