10-Year National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program – South East Queensland
The National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program (the program) is implementing a comprehensive 10-year eradication plan to find, contain and destroy fire ants in South East Queensland.
Funding of $411.4 million over 10 years was agreed to by the Agricultural Ministers’ Forum (AGMIN) on 26 July 2017.
A new independently-chaired Steering Committee for the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program (SEQ) has been established to provide clear guidance and support and ensure program transparency and accountability. This committee will monitor program progress against targets and milestones to ensure long-term eradication success.
The eradication strategy over the 10 years is to reduce the size of the infestation in a staged, rolling planned treatment program starting from the west and progressively moving to the east. The Ten year eradication plan (PDF, 2.2MB) and Ten year eradication plan – appendices(PDF, 1.6MB) incorporate the key recommendations of the 2015–16 independent review of the program, and includes key themes and strategies:
- a significant increase in eradication activities
- extended operational area
- staged, progressive rolling strategy
- risk-based eradication planning approach through scientific analysis and modelling of infestation spread
- coordinated and focused eradication activity in infested areas
- quality assurance to ensure full and consistent implementation of eradication activities
- staged clearing of suburbs to reduce the operational area throughout the life of the program and confirmation of area freedom from fire ant following completion of the plan
- collaboration with multiple industries and wider community.
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