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Biosecurity Inspection Program
  • Last updated:
  • 04 Jan 2022

Councils' Invasive Plant officers work to protect the biodiversity of the Sunshine Coast and help land holders and industry bodies to meet their obligations under the Biosecurity Act. Officers conduct inspections under Biosecurity programs to prevent incursions of alert species by educating land holders and industries (including nurseries) on species that can not be kept or sold. 

Biosecurity Inspection programs

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014 the Sunshine Coast Council conducts biosecurity inspection programs to identify and respond to biosecurity risks relating to invasive plants. These programs assist residents to take a coordinated approach to invasive Plant control and are important for managing the cross-boundary impacts of invasive plants.

Target species

All 80 priority invasive plants declared under the Local Government Area Biosecurity Plan 2017 and the Biosecurity Act 2014 

Schedule

Ongoing

Location

Sunshine Coast Local Government Area

Protection methods

Sunshine Coast Council undertakes inspections of properties on the Sunshine Coast. Biosecurity inspections are focusing primarily on upper catchment areas to ensure that invasive plants don’t travel downstream. A number of different suburbs within each catchment are inspected each year. 

Where priority invasive plants are found on a property, Sunshine Coast Council officers help landholders to prioritise management or where the amount of invasive plants is significant Council officers can assist residents to make a pest management plan for their property 

Council officers provide education to residents on:

  • how to identify an invasive plant 
  • how to control invasive plants 
  • what native plants are suitable for revegetation  

Where priority invasive plants have been found during an inspection, a reinspection is undertaken to assess the success of control work. 

 

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Protecting Sunshine Coasts Biodiversity by responding to breaches of Biosecurity Act 2014

Target species

All priority invasive plants declared under the Local Government Area Biosecurity Plan 2017 and the Biosecurity Act 2014 

Schedule

Ongoing

Location

Nurseries on the Sunshine Coast and online stores distributing to the Sunshine Coast

Protection methods

Together with Biosecurity Queensland Sunshine Coast Council officers respond to reports of sale or distribution of invasive plants declared under the Biosecurity Act 2014 by:

  • Seize and destroy plants
  • Providing education to nursery owners about plants they can and cannot sell.
  • Providing industries with information on plants that cannot be sold
  • Undertaking re-inspections of nurseries that have previously sold invasive pest plants 

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