Peak Crossing, on the edge of Biosecurity Queensland’s Fire Ant Program Operations since 2001, a high risk area since 2012, still heavily infested. A $500m, 19 year failure. Time for a Royal Commission.
Fire ants continue to infest the small cropping area of Peak Crossing, 20km south of the city of Ipswich in South-east Queensland.
They also pose a threat to visitors to nearby Flinders Peak Conservation Park – popular with bushwalkers, horse riders, mountain bike riders and campers.
Peak Crossing has been on the edge of Biosecurity Queensland’s Fire Ant Eradication Program operations since 2001, listed as a high risk suburb since at least 2012 and remains inside Fire Ant Biosecurity Zones.
Biosecurity Queensland has treated Peak Crossing many times for fire ants, yet heavily infested properties remain – more evidence that Biosecurity Queensland cannot kill fire ants.
Time for a Royal Commission to hold Biosecurity Queensland to account for the waste of $500m of public money and a worsening fire ant infestation.
2nd July 2020