Departmental media releases

Departmental media releases

  • 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

    Key points:

    • 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.


  • Keep your boat hull clean
    • Boat owners should keep their hulls clean to minimise any further spread of an exotic marine pest known as white colonial sea squirt.


  • Workshop focuses on ways to combat fall armyworm

    ”Be alert, not alarmed” was one of the key messages at an industry workshop in Brisbane yesterday discussing the potential impacts fall armyworm may have on Queensland agriculture.


  • Rough weather forces removal of shark control nets from SEQ beaches

    Shark control nets are being removed from South East Queensland beaches due to forecast rough weather.


  • More armyworm detections in Far North Queensland

    More detections of the invasive moth pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) have been made in Far North Queensland.


  • Panama disease tropical race 4 confirmed on fourth commercial banana farm

    Key points:

    • Previously suspected fourth case of Panama TR4 on Tully Valley farm confirmed by final conclusive test
    • Biosecurity Queensland officers support affected grower to resume operations within days of notice (after initial test)
    • Fourth detection reinforces the need for growers to implement and maintain robust on-farm biosecurity measures to protect their farms and the wider banana industry.


  • First mainland detection of fall armyworm

    The invasive moth pest fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been found on Australia’s mainland for the first time.


  • Shark protection equipment returned to SEQ beaches

    All shark control protection equipment has now been returned to South East Queensland beaches after being temporarily removed due to large swells caused by ex-TC Uesi.


  • Students putting plant health under the microscope in national competition

    Key Points

    • Students from around the country are being invited to enter the Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition
    • Now in its 24th year the competition encourages students to consider how protecting plant health can sustain life on earth
    • Previous winners have gone on to win other prestigious agriculture awards or pursue careers in the sector


  • Rough weather forces removal of SEQ shark protection equipment

    Shark control protection equipment is being removed from South East Queensland beaches due to forecast rough weather.


  • Mite-y fight against Asian honey bee enters new phase

    Key points:

    • Targeted surveillance activities will ramp up to prove Townsville is free of varroa mite
    • Varroa mites could significantly damage the Australian bee industry and agricultural sector, disrupting honey production and pollination services.
    • Australia is the only inhabited continent in the world to be free of varroa mite


  • Shifting pests means new strategies for Queensland grain growers

    Queensland scientists have busted a myth about a pest that affects grain crops on Australia’s east coast.


  • Young Queensland plant science superstar a BHP Awards finalist

    A Darling Downs student is one of 26 in the running to win a national science and engineering competition.