Invasive pest animals and plants present a serious threat to the agriculture and lifestyle of the Lockyer Valley region. Landholders have a responsibility under the Biosecurity Act (2014) to control prohibited and restricted (pest animals and plants) matter on their land.
- View Council's current Biosecurity Plan.
What you can do
- Learn more about the problem, act responsibly and effectively. For information:
- Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website
- State Government Business website
How Council can help
Council can assist landholders with Pest Management advice through a number of programs:
- Resident Herbicide Subsidy Program
- Spray equipment hire
- Landholder Invasive Animal Control Subsidy Program
- Pest animal trap hire
- Community pest management groups
- Wild Dog/Dingo Scalp Bounty
Council's Pest Management Officers also provide advice on the most effective way to use herbicide, traps and baits through onsite property visits and at workshops and field days.
Resident Herbicide Subsidy Program
Council has identified 16 invasive weeds currently active or of alert under the Qld Biosecurity Act 2014.
The Qld Biosecurity Act 2014 states that landholders have a General Biosecurity Obligation (GBO) to take all reasonable and practical efforts to reduce the risk associated with restricted and prohibited pest weeds under their control.
Council's Resident Herbicide Subsidy Program assists landholders in controlling invasive species by providing access to a suitable registered herbicide at a 50% subsided rate.
The invasive species identified include:
Grasses and Woody Weeds
- Giant Rats Tail Grass
- Mother of Millions
- Parthenium Weed
- Annual Ragweed
- Groundsel Bush
- African Boxthorn
- Harrisia Cactus
- Chilean needle grass*
*weed of alert
If you suspect you have invasive species, please don't hesitate to contact Council to arrange a site visit by one of our experienced Pest Management Officers.
Our Pest Management Officers can assist with invasive weed identification, the control measures to effectively reduce the spread and outline the eligibility of the herbicide subsidy program.
Spray Equipment Loan
Council has spray equipment available for loan by landholders to assist in the treatment of pest weeds on their property. 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 Council's Community Wellbeing Team on 1300 005 872 to secure the next available date.
Landholder Invasive Animal Control Subsidy Program
Due to changes to the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019, which took effect on 27 September 2021, Council has elected to cease any further distribution of 1080 baits for the control of invasive feral pest animals.
Council's Landholder Invasive Animal Control Subsidy Program assists landholders in controlling invasive feral animals to meet their General Biosecurity Obligations by offering eligible landholders a 50 per cent rebate on the GST exclusive price of restricted S7 Low Risk Fluroacetic Acid Baits (1080 LRFAB), up to $150. Check your eligibility for the subsidy prior to purchase of 1080 LRFAB by submitting an application to Council.
Rules and regulations landowners need to comply with when using restricted S7 Poisons are stipulated in the Queensland Health Departmental Standard - Dealing with restricted S7 poisons for invasive animal control. Landholders must obtain a General Approval from Qld Health to purchase 1080 LRFAB from licensed suppliers. For more information, please contact the Pest Management Team on 1300 005 872.
Council can provide you with cage traps for dogs, foxes, pigs, cats and rabbits. A small security deposit is required to access some of these services.
Community Pest Management Groups
Council can assist interested landholders to establish localised pest management groups within their neighbourhood to share information and take a collaborative approach to managing pest weeds and animals.
Lockyer Upper Catchments Incorporated (LUCI) is one such group. For more information, please contact the Pest Management team on 1300 005 872.
Wild Dog/Dingo Scalp Bounty
Council's accepts wild dog/dingo scalps of animals caught in the Lockyer Valley for a bounty of $25.
This bounty program is offered year-round to support landholders in their efforts to minimise the impacts of pest animals. Scalps cannot be accepted at Council's customer service counters and landholders must sign an application form upon submission indicating the lot and plan of the property where the animal was destroyed. For more information, please contact the Pest Management Team on 1300 005 872.