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QTPA Member Alert |Turf Businesses Can Now Directly Conduct the Initial Inspection Activities for “Fire Ants” (21/6/2013)

Turf Businesses Can Now Directly Conduct the Initial Inspection Activities for “Fire Ants”


Biosecurity Queensland have undertaken some recent changes to the “Fire Ant Eradication Program” that will affect the Turf Industry in Queensland.  These changes have been made to cut red tape and make it easier for Turf businesses to support the eradication effort.

Major changes that affect the Turf industry include:

  • After completing fire ant awareness training, businesses can now conduct the initial inspection and ongoing visual surveillance activities for fire ants. This means there is no longer a requirement to book a fire ant inspection with a Biosecurity Queensland inspector. Free training courses are available, simply contact 3310 2873 to book.  If there are around 20 people interested from within the Turf Industry, one of our trainers can come to a venue that suits.

        NOTE: It is vital that businesses maintain records of all fire ant surveillance activities as our inspectors will request these records, should they be audited.

  • The fire ant restricted area is now aligned to suburb boundaries and has been divided into a high risk area and a low risk area. Businesses can click on this link to a printable fire ant restricted area map to see if they are in or out of the restricted area Obviously, if they operate within the restricted area, they need to be on an Approved Risk Management Plan and abide by movement controls.

Please find a fact sheet that outlines these, and other changes in detail.

Our website is also great source of information and is now set up for businesses to apply for a Risk Management Plan online

If any members would like more direct information about the changes, please contact Kimmy Wolfenden (details below).

Kimmy Wolfenden

Senior Liaison Officer, Biosecurity Queensland

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

T 07 3310 2914 M 0434 562 964

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53 Seventeen Mile Rocks Road, Oxley Qld 4075   PO Box 1241, Oxley, Q 4075

Customer Service Centre: 13 25 23

FACTSHEET Changes to the fire ant restricted area




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