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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, 18th September 2019 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 18th September 2019

It has been another fantastic week for the Gympie Regional Council as an organisation.  Last Thursday, our Director of Corporate and Community Services, Pauline Gordon took out the title of Queensland Local Government Manager of the Year.  

For those who know Pauline, she has positioned Council well throughout our community with her excellent skills and abilities in community consultation and engagement.  More pleasing was that she was nominated by her staff for this recognition.

I also had the pleasure of attending the Queensland State Government Training Awards in Brisbane on Saturday night where business and industry from all over Queensland came together to recognise excellence in staff training.  

Gympie Regional Council were in the running to take out large employer of the year for all of Queensland.  Other organisations in this category, who had also progressed by winning their regional title, was Hasting/Deering Australia Ltd; Mount Isa Mines and Gold Coast Health. The eventual winner was Jubcan Pty Ltd (McDonald’s Restaurants – North Qld). 

Whilst it was very satisfying to be recognised in this very esteemed group, it also demonstrates that as an organisation we are committed to delivering expert and specific training within our organisation which can only enhance our staff’s knowledge and expertise in providing core services to our community.

It is perhaps also timely to remind residents that we remain in ‘high risk’ of experiencing dangerous fires.  This will not change until we receive substantial rain.  Talking about rain, council has commenced working towards drought declaration.  This however does not prevent individual primary producers from making application for that status should their situation warrant.

Mayor Mick Curran 

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