Changes to fire ant legislation come into effect
Biosecurity Queensland’s National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program Director, Geoff Kent said the Biosecurity Act 2014 provided a more consistent and modern approach that will greatly improve Queensland’s response capabilities.
Under the Act, all Queenslanders have a legal obligation to manage risks and threats under their control.
“In the case of fire ants, this responsibility means correctly moving and storing materials that can spread fire ants, and becoming familiar with the new fire ant Biosecurity zones now in place.
“We’ve had enormous support from the community with the Program’s efforts to eradicate fire ants, and we encourage them to continue to play the essential role of being our eyes on the ground under the new legislation.”
Management techniques for fire ant carriers such as soil, mulch, animal manure, baled hay or straw, potted plants and turf are also outlined in the new Biosecurity Regulation 2016. These techniques include the correct storage and/or treatment procedures before moving fire ant carrier materials, and ensuring you have the correct permit for movement within the Biosecurity zones.
Specific provisions are not provided for every situation and there is flexibility for individuals and organisations to find the best ways of managing risks.
For more information about the fire ant Biosecurity zones and related movement controls, procedures when moving or storing fire ant carriers, and a map of the new fire ant Biosecurity zones, contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit www.daf.qld.gov.au/fireants.