Approved 2019-20 Declared Pest Rates can be viewed in the WA Government Gazette.
There are currently 14 RBGs in Western Australia with their combined areas covering most of the State. 13 of these will have a Declared Pest Rate raised for their respective areas for 2019-20.
- Blackwood Biosecurity Inc
- Carnarvon Rangelands Biosecurity Association
- Central Wheatbelt Biosecurity Association
- Eastern Wheatbelt Biosecurity Group
- Esperance Biosecurity Association
- Goldfields-Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association
- Kimberley Rangelands Biosecurity Association
- Leschenault Biosecurity Group
- Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association
- Northern Biosecurity Group
- Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group
- Pilbara Regional Biosecurity Group
- Southern Biosecurity Group
In accordance with the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (Declared Pest Account) Regulations 2014, the Minister for Agriculture and Food carried out consultation on the proposed rates, to be considered prior to the rates being determined and gazetted.
The consultation period was open from Monday 20 May until 4pm, Wednesday 19 June. The department used a number of channels to raise awareness of the consultation period:
- Personally addressed letters to over 15,000 landholders
- Public notice in the West Australian, Farm Weekly, the Countryman, and 17 regional newspapers
- Regular and targeted Facebook posts both before and during the consultation period
- Ministerial media statement on 20 May
- Department media statement on 21 May
- Email to key stakeholders
All submissions were considered by the Minister prior to approving rates. Landholders who provided a submission and email address will shortly receive correspondence from the department directing them to this web page, which will provide a detailed response to the issues raised.
What will the Declared Pest Rate fund?
RBGs use funds collected from rates to deliver activities that assist landholders to manage declared pests on their properties, and to ensure their efforts are coordinated to achieve maximum benefit for the community. It is a requirement under the BAM Act (Section 30) for landholders to manage declared pests on their own land.
Activities can include developing coordinated awareness and control activities, providing training, provision of baits and traps, equipment hire, or contracting of Licensed Pest Management Technicians.
The proposed rate to be paid by landholders is based on the priority pests, activities and budget outlined in each group’s annual operational plan. This means that each group recommends different rates be determined in their respective area.
Operational plans have been developed with feedback from the community, to best reflect community need. To have further input, landholders are encouraged to contact their RBG direct, or look out for engagement opportunities such as pest workshops, information sessions or surveys. Landholders are encouraged to approach their RBG to obtain information on planned activities.