Weed, disease and pest management measures to prevent the introduction or spread of non-endemic or harmful species are a key consideration for many projects to protect Australia’s ecosystems. In particular, projects that are located adjacent to weed infested areas, interstate transport routes or water ways, or contain species susceptible to the dieback causing fungus such as Banksia often have specific considerations for biosecurity.
Several government bodies control and advise on the management of disease and invasive species. These include Biosecurity Australia (within the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry), the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) and the State Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA), the State Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW).
Depending on the requirements of your project, the management of introduced or invasive species could involve one or more of the following:
- A pre-clearing or pre-construction survey of dieback infestation (P. cinnamomi)
- Baseline weed assessment to determine the presence of any high risk weeds (many of which have legal compliance requirements, e.g. under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007)
- Baseline assessment of the presence of feral fauna. This is often undertaken as part of more generic fauna surveys, however we can undertake targeted work if the risk to the project or environment is high
- Risk assessment for nuisance insects (e.g. mosquiotes)
- Production of management plans and procedures to support site-specific management
- Implementation of management measures on your site. This may include signage, education of your staff and contractors, control or eradication of a problem species
- Consideration of the transfer potential of diseases between animals and humans (e.g. for intensive agriculture projects) and
- Ongoing monitoring of the success of management, if required.
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