Biosecurity Queensland commissioned Monash University researchers to evaluate the eradication program. In 2013, they reported the southern and western boundaries of the (fire ant) invasion advanced at a steady rate, advancing towards the Gold Coast, Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley, and there has always been an infested area outside Biosecurity Queensland’s operational area. Biosecurity Queensland’s ‘outlier’ protocol, dating from 2001, intended to cut costs and reduce the appearance of the extent of the invasion, has contributed to the program’s failure. All historical ‘outliers’ are now well inside the known infested area. 27th May 2018
In 2011, Biosecurity Queensland commissioned Monash University researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of the eradication program. In July 2013, they said:
The protocol to identify new detections outside the program’s operational area as ‘outliers’ began as early as 2001 (see map) to:
Biosecurity Queensland’s outlier protocol has significant contributed to the program’s failure. All historical ‘outliers’ are all now well and truly absorbed into the the main area of the infestation.