Invasive pest animals and plants present a serious threat to the agriculture and lifestyle of the Lockyer Valley. Landholders have a responsibility under the Biosecurity Act (2014) to control prohibited and restricted (pest animals and plants) matter on their land.
What you can do
- Learn more about the problem, act responsibly and effectively. For information about:
How Council can help
Council can assist landholders through a number of programs:
- Scheduled wild dog, pig and fox 1080 baiting
- Pest animal trap hire
- Subsidised herbicide
- Spray equipment hire
- Community pest management groups
Council can also provide advice in the most effective way to use herbicide, traps and baits through regular workshops and field days. Check our events page for upcoming events.
Vertebrate Pest 1080 Baiting Program
Lockyer Valley Regional Council is conducts vertebrate pest baiting program throughout the region in an effort to control wild dogs, pigs and foxes.
The next round of bait collection will take place in February 2019.
Council has identified 13 invasive weeds currently active or of alert under the Biosecurity Act 2014. To assist landholders in controlling the invasive species, appropriate herbicide is available at a subsidised rate.
The active species identified include:
Grasses and Woody Weeds
Giant Rats Tail Grass Fireweed Mother of Millions Parthenium Weed Annual Ragweed
Groundsel Bush African Boxthorn Harrisia Cactus Chilean needle grass* Honey Locust*
Salvinia Water Hyacinth Water Lettuce
*weed of alert
To access herbicide at a subsidised rate, contact the Environment and Pest team to arrange a site visit by one of our experienced pest officers who will assist with invasive weed identification, the appropriate available herbicide and the best methods and times to effectively treat the pest weed.
During the site visit, a voucher will be issued for the appropriate herbicide and quantity that can be redeemed at one of three local retailers. Currently, the subsidy amount is 50% of retail value.
Spray Trailer and Equipment Hire
Trailer mounted spray equipment, ute-back skid units and backpack spray kits are available for loan through a community pest management hire arrangement. A security deposit and loan agreement is required to secure the necessary equipment, this can be arranged by downloading and completing the attached forms and contacting Environment and Pest to secure the next available date.
Council can provide you with traps for dogs, foxes, pigs, cats and rabbits. A small security deposit is required to access this service.
Community Pest Management Groups
Council can assist interested landholders to establish localised pest management groups within their neighbourhoods to share information and take a collaborative approach to managing pest weeds and animals. For more information, please contact the Environment and Pest team.