Weeds and pest animal control

Draft Biosecurity Plan 2018-2023

Council has released its Draft Biosecurity Plan 2018-2023 for public inspection.

It has been developed in accordance with requirements set out in the Biosecurity Act 2014.

The draft plan will replace the current ‘Pest Management Plan 2011-17’.

It is available for viewing and written comment until 5pm on Monday 18 December, 2017.

Copies of the plan are also available from Council’s public offices at Town Hall, Gympie and 26 Bligh Street, Kilkivan.

Click here to download the Draft Biosecurity Plan 2018-2023.

For more information or enquiries, please contact Council’s Manager, Lands Protection on 1300 307 800.

Biosecurity Surveillance Program

Council has authorised by resolution a Biosecurity Surveillance Program for invasive plants and animals which may be declared as prohibited or restricted or other in the Biosecurity Act 2014, by a regulation or as prioritised in the council's Pest Management Plan 2011-2017 [PDF 6.2MB]. The program is authorised over the whole of the Gympie Regional Council area and will operate until 31st December 2017.

Wild dog or feral pig issues

Please report your Feral Animal issue to the Council's Lands Protection Team on 1300 307 800.

Various options may be available depending on your location, issue and eligibility. It is best discussed direct with an officer who can try to find a solution for you.

Weeds and pest animal control

Weeds threaten Queensland's primary industries, natural environment, livestock, human health and people's livelihoods. Under Queensland law, landowners, including state and local governments, are responsible for controlling declared weeds on their property. 

Please refer to the list of resources below which may help with weed identification, control and management, and offer native alternatives.


Giant Rats Tail Grass Forum

Council’s Giant Rats Tail Grass forum was held on Tuesday 27 February 2018 and brought some of the world’s industry leaders in pasture weeds to the Civic Centre to give guidance on managing this weed.

About Professor Brent Sellers: 
Professor Sellers is an Associate Professor and Extension Weed Specialist in the Agronomy Department of the University of Florida-IFAS, and is the Associate Center Director of the Range Cattle Research & Education Center in Ona, FL. He received a B.S. degree in Biology and M.S. degree in Botany and Plant Pathology from Purdue University in 1995 and 1999, respectively. Dr. Sellers completed his Ph.D. in Agronomy at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003. He has been employed as a faculty member in Agronomy located at the Range Cattle Research & Education Center since 2004. His research and extension program includes management of native and non-native weed species in pastures, rangeland, rights-of-way, and natural areas. Dr. Sellers has trained 1 Ph.D. student and 4 M.S. students, and is currently advising a Ph.D. and M.S. student. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 150 extension articles.


Watch Professor Brent Seller's presentation online here


Accompanying presentations: 

Brent Sellers - Smutgrass Management 

Damien O'Sullivan - Gympie WSG Forum 

Farm Biosecurity Plans - national food safety

Joesph Vitelli - Update on GRT research

Wayne Vogler - GRT Study Tour 


Hardcopy resources: 

Farm Biosecurity Plans and GRT Handout 


1080 baiting program

1080 Baiting is a management tool targeted to the control of wild dogs and feral pigs, which can cause impacts to both primary production and natural systems. 

Council will be undertaking a baiting round during August and September.

Click here to find out more about the program. 

If you would like to register your intent to participate in this baiting round please phone 1300 307 800 by 21 August 2017.

To participate in 1080 baiting please ensure you:

  • Register with Council’s Lands Protection Unit by calling 1300 307 800.
  • Let us know which bait station you will attend to have your baits injected.
  • Understand your obligations when 1080 Baiting.
  • Undertake your notifications as per your obligations – surrounding 2km.
  • Organise your baits (meat baits – 250g for dogs, 500g for pigs).
  • Come along and have your baits injected, as per the schedule below.
  • Provide all required paperwork, sign agreement forms and collect signage.
  • Lay baits as per your agreement conditions.


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