Departmental media releases
Departmental media releases
Cane burn to short circuit electric ant spread
An overgrown sugar cane field at Smithfield will be burnt soon to help Biosecurity Queensland eradicate electric ants.
Sunny Coast shark nets removed during rough weather
Some Shark Control Program nets are being removed from Sunshine Coast beaches today due to predicted rough weather.
East coast black jewfish season closed after catch limit reached
The commercial catch limit for black jewfish in Queensland’s east coast waters has been reached, putting the species off limit to all fishers until next year.
Flick the tick, help stop ehrlichiosis
Dog owners and veterinarians are being urged to be dog’s best friend by remaining vigilant to stop the spread of the tick-borne disease, ehrlichiosis.
Agriculture network expands
The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) has expanded with the appointment of the network’s seventh officer to Emerald.
Black jewfish season opens
East coast and Gulf of Carpentaria black jewfish fisheries will reopen on 1 January 2020 to commercial and recreational fishers.
Fines for freshwater fishing without a permit: Fisheries blitz continues
A Fisheries Queensland blitz on illegal fishing in stocked freshwater impoundments has netted fines of almost $10,000 and will continue over summer.
Banana growers ask community to ‘get in the zone’ and help protect against Panama TR4 this Christmas
Don’t enter banana farms.
This message is top of the Christmas list for North Queensland banana growers who have come together to ask the community for help with protecting their farms from Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4).
Safety warning as wild weather dislodges Gold Coast shark control drumline
Fisheries Queensland advises that a shark control drumline at Narrowneck Beach on the Gold Coast has been dislodged during rough weather.
'Citizen scientists' sought to assist new mud crab research project
A new research project to better understand mud crab populations is underway and scientists would like recreational and commercial fishers to participate.
Rough weather forces removal of shark control equipment
Some Shark Control Program nets are being removed from South East Queensland beaches due to predicted rough weather.
On-the-spot fines for mangrove destruction on Southern Moreton Bay island
Two Russell Island residents who were caught illegally cutting up and burning protected marine plants have been fined $2,668.
Have you filled in your horse movement form?
- Horse owners need to complete a movement record before moving a horse in Queensland.
- A movement record can be written or electronic and must be completed every time a horse moves from one property to another.
- Horse owners need to include details of the horses being moved, where to and when.
- These records allow us to trace horse movements in the event of an emergency animal disease.
More mates to help graziers across northern Australia
The Climate Mates program has doubled its number of mates to help more grazing producers manage drought and climate risks, under the Northern Australia Climate Program (NACP).
Help short-circuit electric ants in Kuranda
Kuranda residents are being asked to support a four-week campaign to help eradicate electric ants from the area.
Invasive plants nipped in the bud
Biosecurity Queensland has added six more high-risk invasive plant species to a list of plant species that have been eradicated from Queensland.
Panama disease tropical race 4 confirmed on Far North Queensland banana property
Biosecurity Queensland (BQ) has confirmed Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) is present on a fifth commercial banana farm in the Tully Valley.
Fisheries blitz on freshwater permit evaders
A new seasonal campaign to crack down on people fishing without a permit in Queensland’s stocked impoundments is underway.
Tree change ready reckoner
- If you live on an acreage property on the edge of an urban area with a small number of animals, then we’ve got a guide for you.
- The ‘Guide to managing livestock on small properties’ is an invaluable resource for people making a tree change to a more rural lifestyle.
- It includes information on managing soil and pasture in a changing climate, dealing with pests, and caring for animals including horses, cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas and pigs.
- It also contains important information on property registration, livestock movements requirements, farm biosecurity and the general biosecurity obligations for landholders.
Responsible in-water vessel cleaning will prevent hull of a problem
The shipping industry is being reminded of the importance of meeting their biosecurity obligations when conducting in-water cleaning of vessel hulls.
Still time to go on an ant hunt
Cairns families still have time to get involved in a new way to find and get rid of electric ants.
The future of plant health is in good hands
Queensland school students have won a host of major awards in a national science competition to celebrate the International Year of Plant Health.
Going on an ant hunt
Cairns families are being encouraged to get involved in a new way to find and get rid of electric ants.
Keep man’s best friend safe from new tick disease
The tick-borne disease ehrlichiosis has been detected in dogs in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Biosecurity Queensland is undertaking surveillance to determine whether ehrlichiosis is present in Queensland dogs.
Dog owners and veterinarians are being urged to help keep dogs safe from ehrlichiosis and to report suspected cases immediately to the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.
Exotic pest oyster found in Far North
Increased community surveillance and awareness of marine pests has led to the discovery of the exotic pest species, the black scar oyster (Magallana bilineata) in three Far North Queensland locations.
Creek to Coast star named #eatqld champion
Creek to Coast host Scott Hillier has been named Queensland’s fourth #eatqld Champion.
Plant science competition proves resistant to COVID-19
It’s full-steam ahead for the Queensland Government’s annual Hermitage Schools Plant Science Competition, which has been unstoppable despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The competition, now in its 24th year, has moved online.
Penalty for interfering with Shark Control Program equipment
Fisheries Queensland has served a Gold Coast man with two Fisheries Infringement Notices (FINs) after he entered the exclusion zone around Shark Control program equipment off Burleigh Heads and interfered with that gear.