Regional Pest Management strategy is locally-focused

NQ Dry Tropics undertakes a broad range of biosecurity activities, including strategic pest management planning, coordination of control activities and the sharing of resources and promotion of best management practice through our extensive network, the Burdekin Dry Tropics Regional Pest Management Group (RPMG). 

Formed in 2008, the RPMG is comprised of local and state government representatives, infrastructure and industry managers, local Landcare group and Traditional Owner groups. The RPMG prioritises:

  • cooperative stakeholder partnership and coordination;
  • support for research and best practice;
  • community engagement and capacity building; and
  • operational project planning and implementation.

Developed by members of the Burdekin Dry Tropics RPMG, the Burdekin Dry Tropics Regional Pest Management Strategy reflects Commonwealth and State government pest management intent, interpreting this intent at a regional level for landholders and organisations that have a role in local and regional pest management for biodiversity and local economy outcomes.

The RPMG assists coordination and implementation of this strategic approach and its success relies on the will, dedication and commitment of all landholders, land managers and stakeholders in the region.

RPMG meeting in Townsville. Pictured (back row, from left): Melissa Hayes (Whitsunday Regional Council), Luke Galea (NQ Bulk Ports), Michael McDermid (Transport and Main Roads), Rob Cobon (DAF and Biodiversity Queensland), (middle), Katrina Christen (Townsville City Council), Brittany Butler (NQ Dry Tropics), Simon Brooks (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries), Mic Langburne (Charters Towers Regional Council) and (front), Patrick Centurino (Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service), Norman Lees (Townsville City Council), abd Preeti Prayaga and Brooke Payne (Burdekin Shire Council).

The Regional Pest Management Group Strategic Approach: 2020-2025 can be read online (click on the front page) or can be downloaded (click on the download icon).


Clusters tackle pigs

Landholders from Alpha and Clermont have formed cluster groups as feral pig numbers and control costs surge. The aim is to enhance feral pig control activities of the Isaac and Barcaldine regional councils.


Giru growers join forces

Feral pigs cost the agricultural industry around $80 million per year. The majority are found in the State’s north, and impact cane farmers through crop damage, weed spread, soil erosion, and damage to infrastructure.



Weed hygiene workshop

There was such a huge response to the LDC’s weed hygiene training workshops, a second one was held.



Washdown facility funded

A weed washdown facility, jointly funded by LDC and Whitsunday Regional Council, was constructed at the Scottville waste transfer station.


Spotlight on weeds

Weeds cost grazing businesses a lot, threatening productivity, the environment, and livelihoods. More than 50 people sought solutions at weed field days.

Everybody’s business

WEEDS don’t recognise property boundaries. LDC hosted an ‘Inspect and clean machinery for plant animal and soil material’ (accredited training) workshop for local contractors in Collinsville.

Case studies

Maryvale battle

Weeds to compost