What is the Midlands Biosecurity Group?
The Midlands Biosecurity Group aims to initiate, promote and foster the control of Declared Pests in the Midlands region. It will assist landowners and managers to adopt sound biosecurity practices and provide members with a forum to exchange information, advice and assistance.
By ensuring clear communication between all relevant stakeholders, the MBG will raise awareness of the issues and ensure a multi-faceted approach to pest control. This will include landholders, local government authorities, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and industry bodies.
The Midlands Biosecurity Group covers seven shires in the Midlands region being the Shires of Moora, Dandaragan, Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs, Mingenew and Irwin.
The group is exploring all options for future funding of the group’s operational plan, including the implementation of a Declared Pest Rate (DPR). Recognised Biosecurity Groups have the opportunity to implement a declare pest rate, which allows for local funds to be matched 1:1 with state government funding.
For more information on the Midlands Biosecurity Group's activities, visit their website.
The MBG was established in response to the growing concerns of local farmers about the impact of wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and rabbits on their farming operations and a lack of co-ordinated response to the issue. The Midlands Biosecurity Group was incorporated on the 19th of June, 2019 and has been engaging with the community over the last 6 months to raise awareness of the group.
Late in 2019, the group received Recognition from the Minister for Agriculture becoming the 15th Recognised Biosecurity Group in Western Australia.
The Midlands Biosecurity Group was formed with the administrative support of the West Midlands Group.
The West Midlands Group obtained funding from DPIRD to help establish the group and begin the effective management of wild dogs. In collaboration, the groups successfully applied for funding through the sheep and goat Industry Funding Scheme to boost wild dog operations that has been complemented by Federal Drought funding channelled through the Wild Dog action plan and support from Australian Wool Innovation.
On the 6th of December 2019, the MBG members elected the group's first Board of Management at its inaugural Annual General Meeting.