Move to halt march of yel­low crazy ants

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Weekly -

WITH con­fir­ma­tion of the pres­ence of yel­low crazy ants in cen­tral Lis­more, move­ment re­stric­tions now ap­ply un­der the Biose­cu­rity Act 2015 to pre­vent the move­ment of plant mat­ter and soil within a 5km ra­dius of the Lis­more cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict.

The NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries has is­sued a gen­eral biose­cu­rity di­rec­tion to help con­tain an in­fes­ta­tion of the in­va­sive pest, yel­low crazy ant (Ano­plolepis gra­cilipes), which had also been de­tected in a small num­ber of lo­ca­tions in the sur­round­ing area.

Yel­low crazy ant is con­sid­ered to be one of the top 100 in­va­sive species world­wide and, in large num­bers, can at­tack and kill small an­i­mals and birds, dam­ag­ing lo­cal ecosys­tems.

The re­stric­tions mean plant mat­ter and soil, in­clud­ing grass clip­pings, wood­chips and sand, can­not be moved within, into or from the re­stricted zone without a per­mit, un­less taken di­rectly to the Lis­more Re­cov­ery and Re­cy­cling Cen­tre.

Re­ports can be made via the NSW DPI in­va­sive plants and an­i­mals hotline on 1800 680 244, or on­line at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au.

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