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FeralScan tracking pest animals

Landholders are being urged to report pest animal sightings and damage in the wider Wide Bay Burnett region using FeralScan.

FeralScan is app-based technology that allows landholders to report pest animal sightings and damage quickly and easily through either their mobile phone, tablet or computer.

Developed by the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions, FeralScan is used throughout Australia to map the presence of invasive species including wild dogs, Indian mynas, feral pigs, rabbits and many more.

The information captured by the app will be used by the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils’ (WBBROC) Invasive Species Advisory Committee to inform future operational activities across the wider region.

WBBROC Chairperson and Gympie Regional Council Mayor, Mick Curran, said that reporting of pest animals can assist local governments with identifying areas where they are causing the most impacts, enabling more effective control programs to be developed and implemented. “Through funding from the Queensland Government as part of the Better Partnerships Project, the region’s local governments are working across administrative boundaries to identify opportunities for landscape scale control activities,” said Mayor Curran.

To download the FeralScan app, visit www.feralscan.org.au and follow the links.

Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 12th February 2020 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 12th February 2020

The old saying that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ was particularly true again at the federal level this week. Those issues aside, the Gympie region, like all others across the state, is gearing up for our local elections.  

These elections give the wider community the opportunity and democratic right to select the candidate that they wish to have a leadership role in the management of their community for the next four years.  

I would urge all residents to do their research on all candidates and get to know who they will be casting their vote for as the election date of 28 March fast approaches.  
I would also urge residents to heed another old saying; ‘actions speak louder than words’.  

Representing your constituents and the wider community as a duly elected councillor, in my opinion, is one of the greatest honours that could be bestowed upon an individual, however it is certainly not a popularity contest and nor should it be.  

Difficult decisions need to be made which will draw the ire of some while benefitting the majority.  You will be subjected to much more scrutiny and gossip than your family and friends will ever be.  
You will be required to adhere to stringent laws, policies and procedures which you may not have been required to previously.  But on the upside, you will represent your community and have a say and a role in delivering community services, projects and infrastructure for the benefit of the wider community and the region.  
Current councillors, over this term of council, should be proud of their contributions.  

I wish each and every resident who nominates to lead this community at the forth coming elections, all the very best. 

Mayor Mick Curran 

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