Pests and weeds

Weeds and pest animals are a significant threat to biodiversity and agriculture in our region.

QMDC is working on priority species identified in consultation with regional stakeholders.  

We are proactively targeting weeds and pest animals through habitat suitability mapping, a project carried out in conjunction with the CSIRO and other partners, to identify areas at future risk of incursion.

Preventing weed spread is a major priority, both to limit the spread of existing weeds and keep new ones out. QMDC is working with government and industry to develop facilities, codes of practice and community activities to help stop weed spread.

Priority weeds and pests vary depending on land type and local industriesWeed species commonly listed as priorities in our region include:

  • parthenium weed
  • mother-of-millions
  • harrisia cactus
  • African boxthorn
  • African lovegrass
  • tree pear
  • lippia
  • blackberry, and
  • other Weeds of National Significance and Class 1 and 2 declared weeds.

Some of the most common priority pest animals include feral pigs, wild dogs, feral cats, foxes and rabbits. However, QMDC is also proactively targeting emergent threats, such as the Indian myna, and working to ensure other threats, such as tilapia, do not reach the Basin.

Grow native plants instead of weeds

Want to know what to grow in your garden instead of weeds? Click here for a great little resource: Grow Me Instead.

Instead of growing invasive garden plants, you can find out what alternative non-invasive native plant species can grow in the Darling Downs and South West Queensland. We worked with the Nursery and Garden Industry of Queensland and South West NRM to develop this resource which is available from QMDC's Toowoomba, Roma and Goondiwindi offices, as well as the online resources for South West Queensland and the Darling Downs.

Upcoming Events

Wild Pig Conference 2018

15 April 2018

This year, we're proud to have Darren Marshall, our pest animal control specialist, speaking at the International Wild Pig Conference in Oklahoma City, USA. The conference showcases the latest in wild pig research…  + read more

National Reconciliation Week

28 May 2018

QMDC is encouraging the community to take part in events acknowledging National Reconciliation Week. As an organisation that values and promotes reconciliation, we will be marking the occasion by supporting or attending…  + read more

QMDC Members Meeting

06 July 2018

We invite members of the community to join our Member organisations to get an update on our activities and project highlights in the region. Your opportunity to meet our team, our Executive Committee and to give feedback…  + read more