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
- harrisia cactus
- African boxthorn
- African lovegrass
- tree pear
- 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.
Environmental Recovery from Tropical Cyclone Debbie
28 November 2017
QMDC is helping to deliver funding to landholders whose properties were impacted by heavy rain or flooding generated by Tropical Cyclone Debbie between 28 March and 6 April 2017. Closing date: Expressions of Interest must… + read more
Climate Risk Workshop
29 November 2017
Do you want to be better prepared for variable rainfall and temperatures? In just a few hours, you can learn the basics of assessing climate risk for the coming season. QMDC, supported by GrazingFutures* and the University… + read more
Queensland Weed Symposium
04 December 2017
The 14th Queensland Weed Symposium is to be held at The Port Douglas Community Hall, Port Douglas, Australia from 4 - 7 December 2017. Hosted by the Weed Sopciety of Queensland, the Symposium's theme is “Our… + read more