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Invasive plants

Pest plants can significantly alter the community dynamics of natural ecosystems. Cape York Peninsula’s warm tropical climate is ideal for the entry, establishment and spread of plant species from locations with analogous climate and soil properties. Biosecurity Services conduct a range of pest plant control activities, including targeted application of herbicides, mapping of infestations and surveying for new infestations.

PrIority weeds in Cook Shire

Click the following links to learn more about priority weeds in Cook Shire:

Queensland Herbarium Plant Identification Scheme

If you find a plant you think might be invasive, why not send a sample to the Queensland Herbarium for identification? This is a free service and instructions on how to collect and send a sample can be found at the Queensland Herbarium’s website. Should your sample prove to be a controlled species, do not hesitate to contact Biosecurity Services on 4082 0500.

Spray unit loan scheme

To assist landholders with the management of weeds Biosecurity Services have in place a Quik Spray loan program. Currently, Biosecurity Services have two 600L Quik Spray unit available for loan. The capacity and efficiency of these units enables landholders to treat large areas while saving time and making a positive contribution to weed management, enhancing environmental outcomes and in many cases helping adjoining properties.

Register your interest

To register interest landholders are required to first complete a Quik Spray unit loan agreement form and submit in person at the Cook Shire Council administration building. Once submitted the landholder's details will be placed on a waiting list and contact will be made as soon as a unit is available for loan. At pick-up the landholder will be required to undergo a short induction in which use of the unit will be demonstrated.

Spray Unit Loan Conditions

  • The landholder is responsible for transport of the unit to and from the Council depot
  • Loans are for a maximum 10 days only
  • A $250 bond is payable prior to use* (credit card pre-authorisations are acceptable)
  • Each unit must be returned in the condition it is loaned, including with a full tank of unleaded fuel
  • Basic details of the unit’s use must be recorded on the treatment record sheet as supplied

For a full list of the terms and conditions please consult the Quik Spray unit loan agreement form. For further information regarding the Quik Spray loan program please contact Biosecurity Services on 4082 0500 or via .

* Please note: The bond of $250.00 is to be paid in cash or card with documentary evidence confirming your Account Name, BSB and Account Number. The cash provided will be held in a trust account until the spray unit has been returned in an acceptable condition.

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10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

Hours: 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday