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Invasive Pests Control Scheme

Velvety Tree PearThe Invasive Pests Control Scheme places responsibility for identifying and controlling invasive pests upon landholders, in line with the general biosecurity obligation imposed by the Biosecurity Act 2014. Landholders will be required to demonstrate adequate control of invasive pests on their land.  Council will assist landholders meet their invasive pest control responsibilities through provision of advice and assistance with best practice control methods and other initiatives.  Council has approved the implementation of the Invasive Pests Control Scheme which commences in the 2017/2018 financial year.

Council has introduced an Invasive Pests Control Scheme levy that will be applied to all relevant land.  Landowners who demonstrate to Council that they have met their invasive pest control responsibilities will receive a 100% concession of the levy.

Landowners who do not meet their invasive pest control responsibilities will be charged the levy via the issue of a supplementary rates notice.

All rateable land within the Southern Downs Region, in the following differential general rating categories, is subject to the Invasive Pests Control Scheme:

  • Residential 4
  • Commercial and Industrial - Town & Rural
  • Agriculture and Faming 1, 2 & 3
  • Horticulture 1,2 & 3
  • Extractive
  • Private Forestry
  • Special Uses, and 
  • Other

How the Scheme works

Landowners will receive a Control Works Form with their rates notice in July.  The Control Works Form must be completed and returned to Council by 18 August.

Landholders who do not have invasive pests on their land need only tick the box “I do not have invasive pests on my property” and then sign and submit the Control Works Form.  An inspection may be conducted by Council Pest Management Officers to verify this declaration.

Landholders who do have invasive pests on their land need to complete the Control Works Form as per the instructions on the reverse side of the form then sign and submit it to Council.  An inspection may be conducted by Council Pest Management Officers to verify that the proposed works are sufficient;

Upon completion of the documented invasive pests control work, landholders must submit a completed and signed Completed Works Form to Council.  Inspections by Council Pest Management Officers will be conducted to verify works are completed satisfactorily.

For more detailed information on the scheme please see the Invasive Pests Control Scheme Brochure (PDF 449.3KB).

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