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Discover how we are protecting the Gold Coast's natural environment - our spectacular beaches, hinterland ranges, bushland and waterways - and how you can help.

Pest plants and animals

City of Gold Coast developed the Gold Coast Pest Management Plan 2013-2017 to coordinate the pest management priorities and actions of all key stakeholders and deliver integrated pest management activities across the city.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, all Queensland councils must develop and implement a Local Government Area Pest Management Plan (LGAPMP). Our plan is consistent with the priorities and directions set by higher order (national, state and regional) pest plant and animal management documents.

Targeting declared pest plants and animals within the Gold Coast, the City’s new Pest Management Plan sets out a framework to prevent, eradicate, reduce the spread and mitigate the impacts of pests on our ecosystems, communities and economy.

Our plan applies to all land and waterways within the City's boundaries and targets the pest species listed in various control classes under the Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act).

The plan builds on many years of best practice work undertaken by the City, and will continue to protect our natural environment which is critical to the future liveability, prosperity and sustainability of the Gold Coast.

Coordinated action between neighbouring and cross-border councils, community groups and landholders is the cornerstone of the City’s approach to preventing and managing declared pests.

Pest species degrade natural ecosystems, impact on agricultural productivity, threaten biodiversity, can impact on human health and interfere with recreation and cultural uses and values of an area.

The plan will address these issues by promoting the importance of pest management, prioritising species and locations, and recognising that we all have a part to play in taking care of our natural environment, starting with removing weeds and pest animals from our backyards.

The City is responsible for controlling pest plants and animals on public land and we urge residents to play their part in helping to manage pest species. There are a number of simple steps that you can take to stop pest plants and animals finding a home in your backyard, and protect your health and comfort.

Download and view the Myrtle Rust fact sheet.

Safe pest control

Pests in your home not only cause annoyance and inconvenience, but can spread disease and sickness. The safest and most effective way to control pests is to engage the services of a licensed pest control operator and have the problem treated professionally.

Here are a few simple rules for the safe handling of pesticides:

  • always read the label and observe directions for application
  • never spill the concentrate on the skin (if this happens, wash it off immediately)
  • never spray in an enclosed space without proper respiration equipment
  • wear appropriate clothing such as a hat, respiration mask, overalls, rubber gloves and boots to protect the skin
  • store containers well away from children, preferably in a locked room or cupboard
  • never smoke, eat or drink while handling or applying pesticides
  • do not contaminate food or drink when applying pesticides
  • always apply pesticides at the recommended strength
  • only use spraying equipment which is in proper working order
  • dispose of containers as soon as they are empty
  • always use the most appropriate pesticide for the task
  • limit pesticide application to areas frequented by the target pest
  • good hygiene reduces the need to apply pesticides.

Further information

Gold Coast Flora and Fauna online: find out more about our Gold Coast species.

Conservation Partnership Program: learn how to create and protect native habitat on your private land.

For enquiries about environmental weeds, pest animals, or pest management (on City land), phone 07 5582 8211 or 1300 GOLD COAST (1300 465 326).

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