Supporting Australia’s regions to manage established pest animals and weeds

The Australian Government is contributing $22.5 million over four years, to 2018-19, to help Australia’s state and territory governments build the skills and capacity of landholders, the community and industry in managing established pest animals and weeds.

The following projects have been developed by state and territory governments in consultation with communities, producers and landholders. The projects build on the work that is already being done to manage the impact of established pest animals and weeds.

The projects will be complemented by the recent investments in the acceleration of innovative control tools and technologies for managing established pest animals and weeds.

The funding is part of the government’s $50 million, four year Established Pest Animals and Weeds Measure.

2015-16 and 2016-17 projects

The Australian Government is funding the following projects in 2015-16 and 2016-17 through the Project Agreement for managing established pest animals and weeds.

[expand all]

New South Wales

Funding: $2 714 000

Building landholder capability in pest animal management

Target Species: Multiple pest animal species including wild dogs, feral pigs, rabbits and camels

Key Activities: This project will deliver enhanced activities such as toolkits for landholders on management techniques, pest animal mapping, best practice online training videos and additional Vertebrate Pest Training modules.

Removing the barriers – facilitating best practice weed management

Target Species: Multiple weed species

Key Activities: This project will develop landholder best practice toolkits and disseminate these across New South Wales through workshops, field days and field trips. The project will also update mapping of weed distribution to contribute to regional planning and community based social marketing methods to gain greater participation in coordinated weed management in areas where agriculture is not the dominant industry.

Find out more information on established pest animal and weed management in New South Wales.

Victoria

Funding: $2 430 000

Improving the management of blackberry, gorse, serrated tussock and rabbits in Victoria

Target Species: Blackberry, gorse, serrated tussock and feral rabbits

Key Activities: This project will support four established community-led groups, through resources, information and technology to implement a systems strengthening approach for blackberry, gorse, serrated tussock and rabbits. It will deliver activities to build the management skills and capacity of landholders, and encourage greater landholder participation.

Find out more information on established pest animal and weed management in Victoria.

Queensland

Funding: $2 609 000

Training in best practice pest management

Target Species: Pest animal species including wild dogs, foxes, feral cats, feral pigs, rabbits and rodents

Key Activities: This project will build landholder skills and knowledge in the safe handling, storage and transport of chemicals and toxins for pest animal management and increase understanding of the latest toxins, baits and bait deployment devices. Best practice training will be delivered across eight industry sectors.

Building skills and capacity in tramp ant management

Target Species: Tramp ant species such as yellow crazy ant

Key Activities: This project will build capability and capacity among key agricultural and non-agricultural organisations and land managers, as well as the community, to continue the on-ground management of invasive tramp ant species in north Queensland.
Find out more information on established pest animal and weed management in Queensland.

Western Australia

Funding: $2 431 000

Building stakeholder capacity to map and report Weeds of National Significance

Target Species: All Western Australian Weeds of National Significanceand weeds identified as high priority.

Key Activities: This project will develop information products to assist landholders to accurately identify key weed species and deliver training for use of a mapping and reporting application for Weeds of National Significance in Western Australia.

Accelerating capacity for Western Weeds of National Significance control through collaboration and innovation

Target Species: Western Australian Weeds of National Significance

Key Activities: This project will build landholder capacity through disseminating information and extension products that outline best practice for target Weeds of National Significance species, conducting field days and demonstration activities and training weed contractors.

Boosting state-wide community-led control of feral pigs

Target Species: Feral pigs

Key Activities: This project will build the capacity of community groups to plan and undertake feral pig control work, including training for additional accredited feral pig trapping technicians, developing capability in video surveillance of pig activity and demonstrating use of techniques. A ‘WA Feral Pig Alliance’ will be established across Western Australia, along with state-wide feral pig strategy.

Increasing capacity for control of Large Feral Herbivores

Target Species: Feral donkeys, feral horses and camels

Key Activities: This project will build capacity in managing Large Feral Herbivores, such as camels, feral donkeys and feral horses. This includes training in ‘Judas animal’ control technologies and aerial platform control of Large Feral Herbivores, conducting demonstration projects in new locations and developing a state-wide Large Feral Herbivores strategy.

Boosting rabbit control in Western Australia

Target Species: Feral rabbits

Key Activities: This project will support best practice rabbit management by providing training in on-ground control techniques and monitoring and providing information to community groups to assist with planning for post-RHDV1-K5 release rabbit control activities.

Facilitating effective and efficient biosecurity management

Target Species: Western Australian Weeds of National Significance and multiple pest animal species such as wild dogs, large feral herbivores, feral pigs and rabbits.

Key Activities: This project will foster strong partnerships between government, community and industry groups based on a shared culture for managing Weeds of National Significance and priority pest animal species. Facilitators will work with community-based organisations involved in biosecurity action, local governments, regional NRM organisations and industry bodies to build capacity and awareness of pest animal and weed management as part of the biosecurity system.

Find out more information on established pest animal and weed management in Western Australia.

South Australia

Funding: $1 353 000

Improving landholders’ predator management skills

Target Species: Wild dogs, foxes and feral cats

Key Activities: This project will improve and update the knowledge base of landholders and pest animal controllers in current best practice wild dog, fox and feral cat management across South Australia, through the provision of training and awareness sessions and demonstration sites.

Building land holder capacity to target Opuntioid cacti, African boxthorn, Gorse and Blackberry

Target Species: Opuntioid cacti, African boxthorn, gorse and blackberry

Key Activities: This project will demonstrate management techniques for opuntioid cacti, African boxthorn, gorse and blackberry. Information sessions would cover identification, case studies from existing control programs, chemical application methods, biological control rearing and distribution (as applicable to each weed and region).

Stopping the spread of invasive perennial grasses

Target Species: Texas needle grass, Chilean needle grass, buffel grass and African lovegrass

Key Activities: This project will limit the southern expansion of invasive grasses through the detection of outliers and providing landholders with the knowledge and skills to identify and manage these aggressive weeds. Simple strategies will be taught to prevent the introduction of new weed species, including hygiene protocols to limit regional pathways of spread and on-farm biosecurity.

Back to the basics – training in the fundamentals of pest management for South Australian land holders

Target Species: Feralrabbits, foxes, deer, goats and pigs and declared weeds

Key Activities: This project will develop and implement a best practice pest management training package for both land managers and practitioners. This will include a series of single topic modules that can be delivered individually, or combined and cover multiple pest animal and weed species.

Lucerne seed industry biosecurity code of practice

Target Species: Golden dodder

Key Activities: This project will help the lucerne seed industry to develop and implement a biosecurity code of practice for preventing golden dodder contamination. The code will encourage improved detection and management of golden dodder on-farm, and help to protect national export markets.

A better approach to managing feral deer

Target Species: Feral deer

Key Activities: This project will review state and regional policies and procedures, as well as review and disseminate extension material for feral deer management including clear definition of landholder responsibilities, monitoring techniques and fencing requirements.

Find out more information on established pest animal and weed management in South Australia.

Tasmania

Funding: $262 000

Building landholder skills and capacity in reducing the impacts of Nassella species, including serrated tussock and Chilean needle grass

Target Species: Nassella species includingserrated tussock and Chilean needle grass

Key Activities: This project will deliver activities to build landholder skills and capacity in reducing the impacts of Nassella species. Activities include establishing landholder working groups, training in best practice management and assisting with property management planning.

Find out more information on established pest animal and weed management in Tasmania.

Australian Capital Territory

Funding: $53 000

Enhancing best practice rabbit control

Target Species: Feral rabbits

Key Activities: This project will support enhanced coordination of pest management control across rural properties and adjacent tenures. Activities include mapping rabbit population densities and distribution on rural properties, building landholder skills in best practice methods of rabbit control and facilitating greater coordination across public and private lands.

Find out more information on established pest animal and weed management in the Australian Capital Territory.

Northern Territory

Funding: $648 000

Best practice management of wild dogs in the Northern Territory

Target Species: Wild dogs

Key Activities: This project will deliver best practice guidelines for assessing and managing the impacts of wild dogs across the Northern Territory, including working with landholders to collect supporting evidence.

Improving stakeholder capacity in the management of prickly acacia

Target Species: Prickly acacia

Key Activities: This project will deliver activities to build the capacity of landholders to manage prickly acacia, including training in identification, data collection, and control methods. It will also investigate the use of technologies including remote sensing and unmanned aerial vehicles to detect prickly acacia.

Improving stakeholder capacity in the management of mimosa

Target Species: Mimosa

Key Activities: This project will build the capacity of land managers in managing mimosa through extension activities, property and catchment weed management plans, training in the distribution and evaluation of biocontrol agents and investigating the use of remote sensing and unmanned aerial vehicles to detect mimosa.

Find out more information on established pest animal and weed management in the Northern Territory.