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Yes, as the IPCS has been endorsed by Council to continue beyond the initial three year trial period, all landholders subject to the scheme are required to submit a Control Works Form at the beginning of each financial year. The IPCS will continue to be reviewed annually by Council and changes are possible as the Scheme is still developing and evolving.
The IPCS levy and 100% concession will continue to be applied to subject land via the yearly Rate Notice. Council is aware that natural disasters including bushfire and drought may impact on a landholders ability to undertake the control works described on their Control Works Form. Only landholders who do not meet their obligations under the IPCS, or do not make contact with Council to advise of any extenuating circumstances preventing them from meeting their obligations, will have their IPCS levy concession revoked and be issued with a Supplementary Rate Notice.
The IPCS applies to all invasive pests that are listed as being restricted under the Biosecurity Act or declared under Council’s Local Laws. Lantana and mother of millions are both restricted under the Act and therefore must be controlled and must be noted on landowners’ Control Works Forms if present on their land. Other species that are not restricted or declared, such as Johnson grass, African love grass and Japanese honeysuckle are not required by law to be controlled. This is most commonly because the Queensland Government has undertaken risk assessments that have found control of these widespread species is not realistic or economically viable.