Move to halt march of yellow crazy ants
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.