Dr Pam Swepson Writer and Researcher.
More than a dozen new fire ant nests have been detected in the Dennis Road area in Springwood, Logan City, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast in south-east Queensland: around 10km from Biosecurity Queensland’s Fire Ant Program headquarters at Berrinba. They threaten the safety of residents in their backyards, shoppers at shopping centres, sc...Read More
The National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program is an abject failure. Fire ants are out of control. The program has an annual budget of $42m to do three things: find fire ant nests, kill them and stop fire ants from spreading. Biosecurity Queensland is dumping the costs and responsibilities to do all three things onto the public. Biosec...Read More
The facts are: Biosecurity Queensland failed to apply the three scheduled rounds of bait, over Priority Area 1, as prescribed by the $411.m Ten Year Fire Ant Eradication Program in both 2017 and 2018. Biosecurity Queensland completed only one and a half rounds of treatments in 2017-18 and was still completing the 2017-18 schedule in 2018-19. ...Read More