February 14, 2017:
Council advises that in accordance with the Biosecurity Act 2014, Council officers are currently conducting a Biosecurity Surveillance Program.
The program is authorised for properties within the South Burnett Local Government area.
Individual properties will be selected for inspection based on observation or known presence of invasive biosecurity matter, or the receipt of reports or complaints.
The program commenced on 29 November 2016
and has been extended for a period of seven months until 30 June 2017
The purpose of the program is to:
(a) Confirm the presence, and determine the extent, of the presence of the prohibited or restricted matter to which the program relates
(b) Confirm the absence of the prohibited matter to which the program relates
(c) Monitor the effects of measures taken in response to a biosecurity risk posed by invasive biosecurity matter
(d) Conduct inspections on public and private land to determine the presence, extent and risk posed by prohibited or restricted matter (formerly known as declared weeds and pest animals). Surveillance will be conducted by Authorised Officers, predominantly by visual ground inspection. Inspection may also be undertaken by aerial survey or fixed camera traps
(e) Provide information and advice to property owners or relevant parties regarding the level of risk and appropriate control measures required to meet their general biosecurity obligation
(f) Provide information about support programs that may be available, and
(g) Monitor treatment programs and enforce compliance where necessary.
A free copy of the Program (including its authorisation) is available for inspection at Council's Customer Service Centres, by downloading from Council's website
, or on request by contacting Council on (07) 4189-9100.