The following notes are taken from the Queensland Government Website for Environment and Resource Management... go to the about us page if you wish to read the overview of topics covered by this department.
Property, titles and valuations
National parks, marine parks and forests
Wildlife and ecosystems
Mapping and surveying
Science and research
An issue that is currently gaining attention is a serious fungal disease presenting in areas of Queensland since December ... serious enough to warrant a comprehensive program of management to have been set in place. Here are some notes from the website... with more reading at that site here.
Significant impact may arise:
"Myrtle rust may potentially have a significant impact on Queensland’s biodiversity, the DERM estate (national parks, State forests and native hardwood plantation areas) and commercial industries using myrtaceous plants, including the cut flower, nursery, garden, native forest timber and bee keeping."
What is myrtle rust?
Recognising myrtle rust
About the work of Biosecurity Queensland
Biosecurity Queensland was launched on 1 March 2007. Since that time, it has developed a strategic plan for biosecurity for all of Queensland.
Bringing together the biosecurity resources and functions of the former Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F), Department of Natural Resources and Water (NRW) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Biosecurity Queensland is now the agency responsible for protecting Queensland's primary industries, environment and way of life.
The main areas of Biosecurity Queensland are:
- animal biosecurity
- plant biosecurity
- invasive plants and animals, such as weeds and pest animals
- biosecurity science, including diagnostics and research stations
- animal welfare and keeping
- product integrity (chemical use and food safety)
- the Biosecurity Queensland Control Centre (exotic tramp ants and Asian honey bee).
This is the first time anywhere in Australia that all biosecurity capabilities have been brought together under the one agency.
One of the driving factors in establishing Biosecurity Queensland was bringing together the right expertise and capabilities into the one central agency. As a result, Biosecurity Queensland has been able to work more collaboratively and with a more integrated approach to risk management.
A strong focus has also been invested in developing stronger relationships with industry. Industry and all key stakeholders helped develop the Biosecurity strategy for Queensland.
To find out more about the work that Biosecurity Queensland is doing behind the scenes to protect the primary industries sector, visit Biosecurity Queensland.