Pests & Weeds Pests & Weeds

Pests and Weeds

Pest species degrade natural ecosystems, impact on agricultural productivity, threaten biodiversity, can impact on human health and interfere with recreational and cultural uses and values of an area. To manage pest species throughout the Gladstone region, Gladstone Regional Council has developed the Gladstone Regional Council Biosecurity Plan 2016-19 (the Plan). The Plan identifies a number of broad actions and goals that Council will work towards in managing invasive plants and animals.

One broad action is the implementation of a number of assistance programs and schemes to assist stakeholders in managing the impacts that pest species pose within the Gladstone region. To find out more on these programs, please navigate through the links below and learn more about how you can become involved in Gladstone Regional Council's pest management programs, or alternatively, you can contact Council's Regulatory Services Division directly on (07) 4977 6821.

Click on the button below to report an Invasive Pest Weed or Animal to Gladstone Regional Council.

Biosecurity Act 2014 - General Biosecurity Obligation
On 1 July 2016, the Biosecurity Act 2014 replaces the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 for legislating the management of pest species in Queensland. Outlined below are the responsibilities that you as a landholder are responsible for in relation to managing pest species within the Gladstone region.

You do not need to know about all biosecurity risks, but you are expected to know about those associated with your land management activities.

The general biosecurity obligation means you need to ensure your activities do not spread a pest, disease or contaminant. Your responsibilities are:

  • take all reasonable and practical steps to prevent or minimise each biosecurity risk; 
  • minimise the likelihood of the risk causing a biosecurity event and limit the consequences of such an event; and 
  • prevent or minimise the adverse effects the risk could have and refrain from doing anything that might exacerbate the adverse effects. 

A biosecurity risk exists when you deal with any pest, disease or contaminant, or with something that could carry one of these. This includes, for example, moving diseased plant material, or associated soil or equipment, off the property. A biosecurity event is caused by a pest, disease or contaminant  that is, or is likely to become, a significant problem for human health, social amenity, the economy or the environment.