Flinders Shire Pest Management
The Flinders Shire has 41,422 sq kms of land and has recognised over thirty pest animals and plants to be of concern within its boundaries. Three major catchments drain from the Flinders River, Coopers Creek and Diamantina Creek Catchments which flow into Lake Eyre and the Southern Gulf Catchment which runs into the sea at the Gulf of Carpentaria - this shows how important pest plant control should be as the Flinders Shire hosts the start of these major tributaries.
Local community groups (i.e. Landcare) have been successful in acquiring resources through funding bodies such as Desert Channels Queensland, Desert Uplands and Southern Gulf Catchments in eradication and control programs. Projects such as these have been a great catalyst towards addressing the pest problem within the Shire.
The best form of control is prevention. Weed infestations should be treated on-site to prevent further infestation. Weed control is not cheap, but the cost of treatment will continue to rise for years to come and proper planning ensures value for every dollar spent. The best approach is to combine different methods – chemical, mechanical, fire and biological, combined with land management changes. The control methods should suit the specific weed and the particular situation.
During the wetter months, efforts are concentrated on doing regular inspections at known and suspected Parthenium sites. Parthenium, if it were to establish in the Shire, would be very hard to control as the soil types and weather conditions are agreeable for this weed. Awareness programs are also conducted which proves to be a valuable tool against Parthenium.
Pest Animals can drive landholders from their livelihood without a level of coordinated control programs. Council has put in place a Wild Dog Levy payable with its Rates Notices to assist in the Control of Wild Dogs in the Shire. There are two coordinated baits annually in April/May and September/October, incorporating ground and aerial baiting. For more information refer to Wild Dog Control.
Flinders Shire Council has developed a Pest Management Plan for our Shire in consultation with State Government agencies and other stakeholders. The purpose of the Plan is to provide guidance for the management of declared plants and animals on Council land, Reserves and Stock Routes. The Plan increases awareness and outlines the required responsibilities and actions to help:
• reduce the economic, environmental and social impacts of pests;
• reduce the establishment and spread of pests; and
• improve the protection of environmentally significant areas.
The Flinders Shire Council has a Washdown Bay situated in McLaren Street near the Saleyards Complex that is available for public use. Please refer to Hughenden Saleyards for more information. Council asks people to report sightings of declared pests within the Flinders Shire by contacting our Office at 34 Gray Street, Hughenden on (07) 4741 2900 or if you have any problems identifying weeds, our Rural Lands Officer, Billy Paine is able to assist on mobile: 0428 412 306. More information about pests can be gained at www.dpi.qld.gov.au.