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Get to know the legislation underpinning biosecurity in Cook Shire

Queensland Biosecurity Act 2014 

Under the Queensland Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act), Cook Shire Council is responsible for managing invasive/pest plants and invasive/pest animals on land across all tenures within its local government area. Under the Act, Cook Shire is required to take all reasonable and practicable steps to prevent or minimise the impacts of a biosecurity risk from its activities. Council is also responsible for enforcement of the legislation to ensure weeds and pest animals are managed appropriately across all tenures in its areas of jurisdiction and authority.

Cook Shire Local Area Biosecurity Plan 2017-2021

The Cook Shire Local Area Biosecurity Plan 2017-2021 was approved and adopted by Council in July 2017 following 2 years of stakeholder consultation. To assist in the development and implementation of this plan the Cook Shire Council Invasive Plants and Animals Advisory Committee (IPAAC) was established and meets quarterly at different locations throughout the shire. Cook Shire Council also operates a Biosecurity Services team composed of authorised officers with substantial knowledge and experience in plant and animal biosecurity.

Cook Shire Council Biosecurity Program 2019-2023

On the 20th February 2019 Cook Shire Council authorised the Cook Shire Council Biosecurity Surveillance Program 2019-2023. The purpose of this program is to assist Council officers in confirming the presence and distribution of invasive biosecurity matter within the Cook Shire local government area in addition to monitoring compliance with the Biosecurity Act 2014. Copies of the Program can be downloaded free of charge, inspected at Cook Shire Council’s Administration Building or provided in hard copy for a fee of $6.90.

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