What is the Midlands Biosecurity Group?
The Midlands Biosecurity Group (MBG) is forming as a result of increasing concern from local farmers about wild dogs and feral pigs impacting farming operations and need for a coordinated response.
The Recognised Biosecurity Group (RBG) once formed, will cover the shires of Dandaragan, Moora, Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs, Mingenew and Irwin and will be called the Midlands Biosecurity Group. Click HERE to view the map of the proposed RBG regions.
What is a RBG?
Recognised Biosecurity Groups are not for profit organisations, managed by volunteer local landholders and developed to manage declared pests. They operate across a defined area and Recognition by the Minister allows them to request the implementation of a Declared Pest Rate. The amount collected through this is matched dollar for dollar by the WA government.
RBGs are supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and provide the opportunity for shared responsibility and community led and coordinated control of declared pests.
Under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act (BAM) (2007), landholders are responsible for managing declared pests on their own land.
RBGs provide a grass roots approach, local knowledge and bring landholders, government and other stakeholders together to coordinate pest management at both a community level and across large regional areas and landscapes.
What will the MBG do?
- The group has already collaborated with nearby Northern Biosecurity Group and Central Wheatbelt Biosecurity Association for an aerial surveillance and control program in March 2019
- Pest Management Workshops have been held at Warradarge, Eneabba, Coorow and Badgingarra to manage wild dogs, feral pigs and other declared pests through Restricted Chemical Permits (RCPs) and information provided on the Recognised Biosecurity Groups and Declared Pest Rates
- Presentations are being provided to local Shires to inform them of the process and the benefits to their communities of local biosecurity groups and ongoing sustainable funding
- Feralscan (a national reporting and monitoring app) is being used to track dog attacks and stock losses so that MBG can monitor the level of activity and plan to manage wild dogs and other declared pests appropriately
- MBG (through WMG) is working to attract funding to contract a Licensed Pest Management Technician (LPMT), who is dedicated to the region and will work with landholders to undertake surveillance and control and ensure a coordinated response.
- MBG will provide knowledge, skills and motivation to increase landholder participation and provide opportunities for them to identify pest priorities and participate in planning and on-ground delivery
- MBG's key role to begin with is to ensure clear communication between all relevant stakeholders to raise awareness of the issue and ensures an integrated approach to declared pest management occurs. This includes landholders, local government authorities, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Australian Wool Innovation, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council and Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management.
- MBG will focus on controlling any declared pest that it deems to be priority in its area such as wild dogs, rabbits, pigs, corellas, foxes and even some declared weeds.
Want to get involved?
Contact the West Midlands Group office for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to contorl pests by using 1080 or Strychnine for baiting or trapping on your property, you will need to complete the appropriate online training and obtain a Restricted Chemical Permit (RCP). Click HERE for the form.
Restricted Chemical Permit applications must be signed and submitted with:
Nominated S7 retailers (up to three) nominated persons to receive and/or use the chemical. NOTE: It is recommended to include "MBG Approved LPMT" in your application as one of the nominated retailers and as one of users/receiver of the chemical on your property. This will allow future MBG MPMTs to respond quickly and eligibility for 50% reduction in the cost of the permit.
A map of the property that clearly shows proposed bait locations, roads and tracks, location of dwellings, warning sign locations, access point on the property, water bodies and any constructed recreational sites.
The Midlands Biosecurity Group can assist with this process, so please do not hesitate to contact our office on (08) 9651 4008.