February 2019—Steering Committee meeting

On Wednesday 20 February 2019, the Steering Committee for the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program—South East Queensland (the Program) participated in a workshop on the review of the Ten Year Plan. Items considered included community engagement, planned broad-scale treatment, planned targeted treatment, self-treatment, responsive treatment, remote sensing surveillance, planned targeted surveillance, movement controls, proof of freedom and preventing re-infestation.

The Steering Committee met for the quarterly meeting on Thursday, 21 February 2019.

The attendees at the Steering Committee meeting were:

NamePosition/Area
Wendy CraikIndependent Chair
Josephine LaduzkoAustralian Government
John RobertsonQueensland
Scott CharltonNew South Wales (on behalf of Bruce Christie)
Michael Rosier Victoria
John van SchagenWestern Australia

During its meeting, the Steering Committee:

  • endorsed the revised strategic direction for the Ten Year Plan to incorporate the extension of the Western Boundary and the funding realignment
  • considered the National Biosecurity website would be an ideal portal to host the NRIFAEP Steering Committee webpage
  • considered the comments/feedback provided by the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) on:
    • remote sensing
    • treatment of the western boundary
    • treatment plan
    • scientific principles for movement controls
    • movement controls and industry – nurseries
    • self-treatment by landowners
    • treatment protocols
  • considered the feedback provided by the Risk Management Sub-Committee including the revised Risk Management Plan and the Risk Register
  • reviewed the Terms of Reference and agreed to the amendments.

The Steering Committee also noted:

  • the General Manager’s update in relation to the Program, including:
    • the Remote Sensing surveillance Project update
    • the 2017-18 Annual Report and Quarterly Report for 2018-19 update
    • the Brisbane Airport update
    • the Biosecurity Protocol—treatment and sampling protocols
  • the program’s financial report presenting the financial performance of the Program for the period 1 July 2018–31 December 2018
  • the implications of the Western Boundary strategy including budget issues
  • that advice from SAG on Proof of Freedom will be provided to the Steering Committee in the May 2019 meeting.

The Steering Committee will next meet in May 2019.