Surveillance Program (Pest Plants)
  • Last updated:
  • 17 Jun 2018

Council has resolved to conduct a Biosecurity Program in accordance with Section 240 of the Biosecurity Act 2014, within the whole of the Sunshine Coast region to educate, monitor or issue biosecurity orders in relation to invasive biosecurity matter (prohibited or restricted invasive plants).

Emphasis will be placed on inspecting the localities of Balmoral Ridge, Beerwah, Belli Park, Bells Creek, Cooloolabin, Crohamhurst, Diamond Valley, Doonan, Eerwah Vale, Eumundi, Flaxton, Forest Glen, Glasshouse Mountains, Kiamba, Kureelpa, Landers Shoot, Maleny, Mons, Mooloolah Valley, Mt Mellum, North Maleny, Reesville, Tanawha, West Woombye and Witta.

Properties over 4000 square meters will be inspected in the above localities.

Individual properties also previously known to harbour invasive biosecurity matter (prohibited or restricted invasive plants) will be surveyed for ongoing compliance.

This Biosecurity Program will commence 1 July and continue until 30 June 2019.

The purpose and scope for the program is:

(a) monitoring compliance with the Act in relation to a particular matter to which the Act applies;

(b) confirming the presence, or finding out the extent of the presence, in the State or the parts of the State to which the program applies, of the biosecurity matter to which the program relates;

(c) confirming the absence, in the State or the parts of the State to which the program applies, of the biosecurity matter to which the program relates;

(d) monitoring the effects of measures taken in response to a biosecurity risk;

(e) monitoring compliance with requirements about prohibited matter or restricted matter;

(f) monitoring levels of biosecurity matter or levels of biosecurity matter in a carrier.

These inspections will be conducted on urban and rural properties within the Sunshine Coast. 

A copy of the Biosecurity Program is available for inspection and/or purchase during the period of the program at council's customer service centres.

A copy of the program may be purchased for a cost of 80 cents per A4 page, or $1.30 per A3 page, no postage costs apply or can be viewed in the minutes of council's Ordinary Meeting of 14 June 2018.

For more information please phone council's customer service centre.