9 December, 2022
Grants to boost invasive pest management
LOCAL councils across Far North Queensland will receive grants totaling more than $400,000 to support collaboration and build capability in invasive pest management.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said four projects had been successful in getting funding through the Enhancing Local Government Biosecurity Capacity (ELGBC) program.
“Far North Queensland is particularly vulnerable to biosecurity threats, due to its proximity to international borders and high levels of tourism,” Mr Furner said.
“Grants awarded under the ELGBC program will encourage local level participation and a coordinated group approach to build stronger working relationships and enhance biosecurity capacity.”
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said the funding would see Far North Queensland councils work together to plan and manage invasive pests across broad landscapes and multiple boundaries.
“Each of the successful projects will improve collaboration in regional pest management, and work towards providing a legacy of cooperation and partnership,” Ms Lui said.
The successful applicants are: Far West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils Inc., Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (representing 12 member councils from Hinchinbrook to Cooktown), and Torres Strait Island Regional Council.