Draft Biosecurity Plan tackles risks to Coast’s threatened species
  • Friday 08 September 2017

A new plan to manage the region’s invasive plants and animals will help to conserve some of the region’s threatened species.

As part of National Threatened Species Week, Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay encouraged residents across the Sunshine Coast to view the draft Biosecurity Plan and share their views.

“Controlling and reducing these invasive species not only supports our local producers it also helps protects our native flora and fauna,” Cr McKay said

“We know for example, that foxes are one of the major predators of loggerhead turtle hatchlings, the Dutchman’s pipe vine impacts on the Richmond Birdwing butterfly and wild dogs can present one of the biggest threats to our koalas.

“Whether you’re a local landholder or Landcare volunteer, if you’re working within our agricultural sector or horticultural industry, the draft Biosecurity Plan identifies priority invasive plants and animals in your catchment that need your attention..

“I would like to thank the dedicated volunteers who work with council through Landcare groups, environment groups, community and catchment care organisations to help reduce these invasive species across the region, and I encourage everyone to view the draft Biosecurity Plan and share your feedback with council.”

The draft Sunshine Coast Council Local Government Area Biosecurity Plan is available via the council’s website and in libraries across the region. 

Feedback on the plan can be made by completing a survey online by visiting council's website, your local library or requesting a survey from any council customer service centres. Submissions on the draft plan close on September 22.