Big bucks to fight some tiny in­vaders

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

AGRI­CUL­TURE min­is­ters from across Aus­tralia yes­ter­day com­mit­ted to fund a 10-year $411.4 mil­lion plan to rid Aus­tralia of red im­ported fire ants.

Queens­land Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries Bill Byrne said all min­is­ters at the Agri­cul­tural Min­is­ters’ Fo­rum had agreed it was in the na­tional in­ter­est to ef­fec­tively dou­ble the cur­rent amount of treat­ment and sur­veil­lance.

“As a re­sult of this agree­ment, the Na­tional Red Im­ported Fire Ant Eradication Pro­gram will re­ceive $38 mil­lion a year, ad­justed an­nu­ally for in­fla­tion, un­til 2027,” Mr Byrne said.

Mr Byrne said the boosted pro­gram would be over­seen by an in­de­pen­dent steer­ing com­mit­tee.

“The 10-year eradication plan has been ap­proved by AGMIN and will now be im­ple­mented as a pri­or­ity in Queens­land,” Mr Byrne said.

The plan in­cludes ex­pand­ing the fire ant treat­ment pro­gram from Septem­ber 2017 to May 2018.

If you see any sus­pect ants, please take a photograph and sub­mit it via daf.qld.gov.au/fire­ants.

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