Submission update: Medicine and Poisons Bill
The Bill and associated Regulations are of considerable interest, with members viewing bio-security matters and invasive plants and animals as some of the most significant threats to productivity, human well-being and the environment.
Collectively, Queensland councils expend greater than $40 million of limited resources per annum to reduce the impacts of invasive plant and animal species.
More specifically, local government officers use Schedule 7 (S7) poisons for the control of invasive animals on local government property as well as undertaking coordinated baiting programs involving the supply of baits to landholders for invasive animal control purposes.
The LGAQ has prepared detailed comments in submission to the Bill and Regulations including recommendations as follows:
- The LGAQ recommends the continuation of the use of general approvals for authorised officers under the Biosecurity Act 2014 to prevent the need for additional approval processes.
- The LGAQ recommends the decision to develop an entity level approval remains at the discretion of each local government.
- The LGAQ recommends the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries continue to support Queensland local governments through the provision of 1080 and associated training.
- The LGAQ recommends landholders participating in baiting programs are responsible for waste management of uneaten baits and carcass disposal on their own land.
- The LGAQ recommends Queensland Health provide an opportunity for local government officers to provide input into the development of Departmental Standard 1.
- The LGAQ recommends the market is not expanded for retail supply of s7 poisons unless a well-resourced Statewide compliance program is developed and implemented.
Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006
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