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Pest plants and animals

The Queensland Government has identified a number of pest plants and animals that are considered to have an adverse effect if conditions and restrictions were not imposed. Information on these pests can be found at the Business Queensland website. To assist in managing these pests the Queensland Government has developed the Biosecurity Act 2014. Under this Act the City of Gold Coast has been given a legislative function and responsibility to ensure that pest plants and animals are managed in our city.

Pest plants and animals have been divided into prohibited and restricted matter. Prohibited matter is a pest plant or animal that is not known to occur in Queensland. Restricted matter is a pest plant or animal that has been found in Queensland and specific actions are required to limit the impact of these pests by reducing, controlling or containing them. To assist in reducing the risk of pest plants and animals damaging the economy, environment and impacting on our community the Queensland Government has defined Seven management categories for restricted pest plants and animals.

Under the Act, individuals and organisations have been given a ‘general biosecurity obligation’ (GBO) to take steps to mitigate the risk.

Our GBO means that everyone is responsible for managing the risk when they deal with a pest or something that could carry a pest (biosecurity risks). You are not expected to know about all types of pest plants and animals; however, you are expected to know about pest plants and animals that you could potentially come across as part of your day to day activities.

For these pests, individuals' and organisations' activities that pose a biosecurity risk must:

  • take all reasonable and practical steps to prevent or minimise each biosecurity risk
  • minimise the likelihood of causing a ‘biosecurity event’, and limit the consequences if such an event is caused, and
  • prevent or minimise the harmful effects a risk could have, and do not do anything that might make any harmful effects worse.

Weed and pest resources

The City of Gold Coast has produced an Environmental Weeds booklet which aims to help residents identify weeds and provides information on how to control environmental weeds.

For a copy of the booklet contact us on 1300 GOLD COAST (1300 465 326) or 07 5582 8211, or download the Environmental Weeds of the Gold Coast booklet online.

What is the City doing?

As an owner and manager of land, City of Gold Coast has a GBO to manage pest plants and animals on its own land. In addition to that we deliver extension programs to share skills and knowledge with our community. We also undertake proactive and reactive investigations to resolve pest plant and animal risks, as well as assist land managers to understand and meet their GBO.

To protect our lifestyle and natural environment, the City is currently preparing the Gold Coast Biosecurity Management Plan. The plan will contribute to a number of key priority actions in Our Natural City Strategy to achieve a prosperous and resilient city.

Report a pest

Pest plant and animal management can be daunting; however you can Report a problem (with sufficient information) and the City in collaboration with other land managers will identify the best course of action to resolve any reports.

Note: Information on this webpage has been sourced from the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Biosecurity, viewed 10 August 2017.

Safe pest control

Pests in your home not only cause annoyance and inconvenience, but can also 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

Visit Gold Coast Flora and Fauna to 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), please phone
07 5582 8211 or 1300 GOLD COAST (1300 465 326).

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