Bio security planning support for councils
Queensland councils are responsible for managing invasive biosecurity matter in their local government areas and invest greater than $40 million controlling invasive plants and animals per year.
One of the 2018 LGAQ Advocacy Action items called for greater support and assistance for councils in developing biosecurity plans (#50. Funding for councils to implement the Biosecurity Act including training and guidance materials) including the development of a consistent and scalable risk based decision making process. As a result of LGAQ advocacy, Biosecurity Qld has now engaged Wild Matters to deliver a project to support Qld local governments.
A new project, initiated by Biosecurity Queensland on advice from the Local Government Biosecurity Act Reference Group and LGAQ, will develop best practice biosecurity planning and compliance support tools and systems that can be used by Queensland local governments to support the enforcement of the Biosecurity Act 2014. This project acknowledges the difficulties some local governments are having adapting to and resourcing enforcement of the Act.
The project will work to:
• Understand the needs of local government;
• Develop scalable biosecurity planning processes and guidelines;
• Develop compliance plan templates and guidelines;
• Incorporate simple risk-based decision support tools and support templates; and
• Ensure approaches are flexible to the varying levels of capacity.
The needs and perspectives of local government will be captured through the establishment of a steering committee and a series of workshops across Queensland. Feedback from individual councils unable to participate will be sought where possible. A focus will be how tools and support can be scaled to suit the needs and capacity of individual local governments.
Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006
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