Dr Pam Swepson Writer and Researcher.
The first year of Biosecurity Queensland’s new Ten Year Fire Ant Eradication Program, 2017-18, was a disaster. Only one round of bait instead of three over most of the area targeted for treatment: a waste of $38m. The second year of the Ten Year Program, 2018-19, is worse. The program has blown its budget of $41m after just seven months: three m...Read More
A key strategy of Biosecurity Queensland’s new $411m Ten Year Fire Ant Eradication Program is to foster collaboration with the public. The General Manager of the Fire Ant Program came to a Community Forum in Gatton, in the Lockyer Valley, on the evening of 5th February with the clear intention of shutting down any criticism of the Program with hi...Read More
A Key Strategy of Biosecurity Queensland’s new $411.4m Ten Year Fire Ant Program is to collaborate with landowners. Biosecurity Queensland’s chaotic management of the program in the Lockyer Valley, south-east Queensland’s food bowl, does more to alienate farmers than gain their cooperation. Field staff, as ‘authorised persons’ under ...Read More