Community invited to share their views on Draft Biosecurity Plan
  • Friday 18 August 2017

A new community plan to respond to the threat of high risk invasive plants and animals has been launched today developed in partnership with, community, industry and government agencies.

The Draft Sunshine Coast Council Local Government Area Biosecurity Plan identifies 78 priority invasive plants and animals that pose a risk to our region, and outlines a proposed strategic response to guide management.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay called for the public to give their feedback on the plan, which has been drafted with input from various community sectors.

“Invasive plants and animals impact on our natural areas, our neighbourhoods and our agriculture and production areas which are critical to our valued lifestyle and the liveability of our region,” Cr McKay said.

“The draft Plan assists the community to understand and embrace its responsibilities to manage invasive species through coordinated and collaborative actions.” 

Mayor Jamieson praised the collaborative efforts of all these interest groups in preparing the draft Plan.

“Whether it’s the spread of weeds through our backyards, the predation on our native wildlife or impacts on agriculture production, invasive plants and animals effect our entire community here on the Sunshine Coast and everyone has a role to play in their management,” Mayor Jamieson said.

Healthy Land and Water’s Coastal Catchments Northern Area Manager, Susie Chapman said the draft Plan’s risk-based approach would ensure a collective response to the highest priority species through feasible management activities and available resources.

“The collaboration between all the different sectors in preparing this draft Plan has been a great start to fostering shared ownership of invasive species management”

As a community-based integrated catchment management group, Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee said they are pleased with the catchment management approach of this new draft Plan.

“It will provide us with strategic direction and assist us and other groups to prioritise our on-ground efforts and landholder engagement initiatives.

“ It can only benefit the collective efforts across the catchment.”

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

Submissions and feedback on the plan can be made by completing a survey online by visiting council's website or requesting a survey from any council customer service centres.