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.