Learn more about your RBG

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Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) are community based groups formally recognised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act), that help landholders manage declared pests on their properties. 

Every year RBGs develop an operational plan that details their activities for the coming year. Activities are based on pests that are the biggest problem in their area, based on feedback and suggestions from the community, to make sure they reflect community need. See below for a summary of your RBG's priorities and activites.

Each RBG operates across a number of local government areas, and combined, they cover most of the state. 

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Blackwood Biosecurity Inc.

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Blackwood Biosecurity Inc. (BBI) covers the Shires of Boyup Brook, West Arthur, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Nannup and the localities of Mullalyup, Grimwade, Wilga West, Balingup and Southampton in the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup.

It is a not for profit community group which aims to lead a cooperative, integrated and strategic approach to declared pest management across all land tenures.

BBI works with property owners, government agencies, industry and business on landscape scales to cooperatively reduce impacts of declared pests such as Narrow Leaf Cotton Bush, Paterson’s Curse, Blackberry, Cape Tulip, Bridal Creeper and Cleavers as well as Red Foxes, Wild Rabbits and Feral Pigs.

Visit us on Facebook or our website to let us know your declared pest concerns (successes and failures) and to subscribe to our free membership so that we can keep you up to date with biosecurity threats and management opportunities.

Be a good neighbour and encourage your neighbours to do the same. Pests don’t respect property boundaries, or for that matter Shire or State boundaries. To succeed we must all work together to preserve our land, our lifestyle and our livelihoods.

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Central Wheatbelt Biosecurity Association Inc.

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The Central Wheatbelt Biosecurity Association Inc. (CWBA) has a key role in assisting landholders to control declared pests in its area of management. This area is defined as Koorda, Perenjori, and Dalwallinu and Morawa, encompassing an area of 21,901 square kilometres.

CWBA encourages landholder and Shire involvement in a broad scale, coordinated approach for effective pest control, targeting wild dogs, red foxes, European rabbits and feral pigs as well as other declared pests seen as a priority for the group. Licenced Pest Management Technicians work on affected farms, pastoral land and crown lands to reduce stock attacks and losses. CWBA also runs bait rack days to produce free 1080 meat baits for landholders, as well as funding free rabbit and feral pig bait mixing days to combat the feral pests which affect our land and livelihood.

The CWBA will continue to assist landholders in the control of these species using funding raised by a declared pest rate in 2018. Additional funding will be sought to supplement the program from government and industry grant opportunities.

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Eastern Wheatbelt Biosecurity Group

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The Eastern Wheatbelt Biosecurity Group (EWBG) was the first biosecurity group in the agricultural region to became formally recognised by the Minister for Agriculture and Food under the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act 2007.

The EWBG has been assisting the sheep industry to manage wild dog predation in the Eastern Wheatbelt since 2001, and has developed robust relationships with industry members, local governments, the mining industry and State Government departments.

The EWBG is also supported financially by the mining company Western Areas LTD (WSA), Australian Wool Innovation Limited, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the State Government's Royalties for Regions program and the group's 11 member Shires.

Current shire members of the EWBG are Kondinin, Kulin, Lake Grace, Merredin, Mt Marshall, Mukinbudin, Narembeen, Westonia, Yilgarn, Trayning and Nungarin.

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Esperance Biosecurity Association

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The Esperance Biosecurity Association, (formerly the Northern Mallee Declared Species Group), formed in 2004 following a spike in wild dog attacks on sheep around Esperance and Munglinup. The group works with their local community to manage declared pests at a landscape scale.

Since 2010 the group has been focused on raising the necessary funds to complete the State Barrier Fence extension that will separate the farmers in the Esperance region from wild dogs and emus in other areas. Once complete the fence will provide a natural system outside of the fence where species can interact without the presence of crops and sheep, as well as provide a sustainable environment inside for primary production.

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Leschenault Biosecurity Group Inc.

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The Leschenault Biosecurity Group Inc. (LBG) is a not-for-profit community group whose aim is to have a sustainable system and secure funding in place for the management and control of declared pests and weeds in their operational area. 

The LBG consists of a volunteer management committee, an executive officer and over 100 members representing the local government areas of Bunbury, Capel, Dardanup and Donnybrook-Balingup (covering the northern half - Argyle, Paynedale, Beelerup, Queenwood, Lowden, Yabberup, Glen Mervyn, Murnballup, Noggerup, Thomson Brook, Charley Creek, Donnybrook, Brookhampton, Brazier, Newlands, Upper Capel, Cundinup and Kirup). The group was formed out of community concern for declared pests which are increasingly becoming a major impediment to the livelihood of producers and landholders.

The LBG takes a positive and proactive approach to facilitating declared pest management and is focused on achieving on-ground outcomes to compliment the great work that the majority of individual landholders are already doing.

Through community consultation, the group has established a number of priority pest species of concern which includes Cotton Bush, Apple of Sodom, Blackberry, foxes and rabbits; and continues to assist the DPIRD compliance enforcement period by providing information on Cotton Bush problem areas as a result of community feedback.

LBG is focused on continuing to facilitate a community coordinated approach to the current pest issues faced in their region.

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Northern Biosecurity Group

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The Northern Biosecurity Group (NBG) covers the Shires of Chapman Valley and Northampton, along with the Mullewa area in the City of Greater Geraldton. It operates with a small committee and became an RBG in July 2018.

The group's main aim is to take a proactive approach to facilitate declared pest management with a coordinated effort across the vast area working with local landholders, Licensed Pest Management Technicians and government departments to ensure full management is enlisted where appropriate.

The group is currently funded through Federal and State Government to control wild dogs, feral pigs and opuntioid cacti. The NBG is planning on raising the declared pest rate (DPR) in 2019-20. Landholders are encouraged to update their Restricted Chemical Permits to participate in coordinated community baiting efforts.

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Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group

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The Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group (PHBG) formed in 2014. It operates across five local government areas, including Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Mandurah, Murray, Waroona and Harvey. The group is governed by representatives from each area, with local government and landholders holding voting positions on the committee. 

The PHBG's network of collaborators is growing, with an increasing number of local control initiatives with agricultural producers, small landholders, managers of the public estate, landcare and conservation groups. The group also works closely with the Peel Harvey Catchment Council and the South West Biosecurity Group Alliance. 

The PHBG has developed a seven year plan. PHBG Blueprint is dynamic, meaning that it can be updated regularly with input from stakeholders, including private landholders. 

Community consultation determined what declared pests would be an immediate priority for the PHBG. There are five declared pest animals on the priority listing, including foxes, rabbits, feral pigs, rainbow lorikeet and the Mediterranean fruit fly (declared in the Shire of SJ). The list also includes six declared pest weeds, including arum lily, apple of Sodom, blackberry, Cape tulip, cotton bush and Paterson's curse. The PHBG has a diverse set of tools to directly support landholders in their management of these priority declared pests. The tools include equipment to loan, biocontrol programs, site visits, control information, training opportunities, workshops, stalls at local events and a quarterly e-newsletter. The group also validates weed reports that it receives from the public, and alerts the responsible landholder with a personalised letter. 

The PHBG has a regularly updated website and an active social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to receive the quarterly PHBG e-newsletter fill out your details here

View the Annual Report for an overview of the PHBG's achievements from its first year operating with a declared pest rate. 

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Southern Biosecurity Group

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Southern Biosecurity Group (SBG) is the declared species group for the Shire of Ravensthorpe. SBG is a subgroup of the Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network (RAIN) with the mandate to coordinate control of declared pest species in the Shire of Ravensthorpe. 

We first began operating in 2002 as the Ravensthorpe Declared Species Group. At that time, our role involved coordinating wild dog control in the shire. We achieved good control of wild dog numbers through a range of activities including dispersing of 1080 baits, trapping and shooting.

We believe declared pests can be better managed by a coordinated approach between community, industry and government. This belief led us to become a Recognised Biosecurity Group through the BAM Act. This means community funds raised through the declared pest rate are matched dollar for dollar by government, enabling us to provide coordinated and targeted control of declared pests within the shire. 

Key priorities for the group include the control of wild dogs, foxes, and rabbits as well as the eradication of drooping prickly pear. The Southern Biosecurity Group meets quarterly. 

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Midlands Biosecurity Group

The Midlands Biosecurity Group (MBG) provides members with a forum to exchange information, advice and assistance and aims to initiate, promote and foster the control of declared pests in the Midlands region. 

It is a relatively new group, having been incorporated in June 2019. It was formed with the support of the West Midlands Group, a partnership which has provided administrative support and collaboration on financial and project management.

The seven shires covered by the MBG are Moora, Dandaragan, Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs, Mingenew and Irwin. The group was established in response to concerns from local farmers about the impact of wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and rabbits and the need for a more coordinated response to the issue.

By ensuring clear communication between relevant stakeholders, MBG raises awareness of local issues and ensures there is a multi-faceted approach to pest control. The group also encourages land owners to adopt sound biosecurity practices.

Together with the West Midlands Group, MBG has funding from a number of different sources including the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development for a large-scale, multi tenure response to declared pests; and a wild dog eradication grant from the Sheep and Goat Industry Funding Scheme to ensure landholders are well-supported in their wild dog control efforts.

Coordinated programs managed by MBG will include baiting of wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and rabbits and regular community consultation through integrated communications and workshops.

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Warren Biosecurity Group

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Carnarvon Growers Association

The Carnarvon Growers Association (CGA) plays a key role in assisting land managers to control high risk declared pests throughout the Carnarvon horticultural region. This covers an area of 15km radius of the Carnarvon town, which has a population of around 6150. the CGA encompasses one local government area - the Shire of Carnarvon.

The Carnarvon horticultural area produces an average of 40 thousand tonnes of fruit and fruiting vegetables annually, valued at an average of $80 million at the farm gate. The value to Western Australia’s economy is much greater, with retail adding up to 40% on top of the farm gate price.

In addition, the WA government, through the Carnarvon Food Bowl Royalties for Regions funded project, has invested $24 million into new water bore fields and infrastructure and locating new water supplies to expand the horticultural district, which is expected to double in size over the next 10 years. Currently, Carnarvon produce cannot be sold interstate or overseas due to Mediterranean fruit fly quarantine/trade restrictions.

Data from a range of sources shows that the Carnarvon region has significant populations of high risk pests. These pose substantial environmental and economic risks to the horticultural industry.

The CGA RBG will assist properties in the control of declared pests through direct measures and through partnering with a range of state agencies and companies.

The CGA RBG employs an executive officer and two baiters, and has purchased equipment to carry out pest control activities. 

Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association Inc

The Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association Inc (MRBA) is an industry body with a membership of all pastoralists in the Shires of Yalgoo, Mount Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra. There are also a number of pastoral properties in the Shires of Mount Marshall and Perenjori that are part of the MRBA. The Association has been established under the BAM Act with a charter to manage and control declared pests, both animal and plant.

The MRBA Constitution provides for a Management Committee, of up to 11 members, with the responsibility of overseeing the operation of the Association.

MRBA operations are funded from annual declared pest rates paid by pastoralists, which are matched by the State Government and also one off grants from State and Federal NRM programs, Royalties for Regions and other sources.

The MRBA area covers approximately 184 000 square kilometres and incorporates 93 pastoral properties. Of these 93 pastoral properties, there is a mix of tenure ranging from pastoral leases, mining leases, Unallocated Crown Land, national reserves and indigenous managed pastoral leases.

Kimberley Rangelands Biosecurity Association

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Carnarvon Rangelands Biosecurity Association Inc

Carnarvon Rangelands Biosecurity Association Inc. (CRBA) operates in the Shires of Carnarvon, Exmouth, Shark Bay, Murchison and Upper Gascoyne, plus pastoral properties below the State Barrier Fence within the Shire of Northampton and City of Greater Geraldton locality, Mullewa.

Control of wild dogs is a high priority in this region, requiring a range of expensive control measures.  Large feral herbivores including donkeys, camels and feral pigs are also present as are widespread declared weeds such as various woody weeds and cactus.

To assist landholders to meet their obligations under the BAM Act CRBA provides contracted Licenced Pest Management Technicians, who provide support in the control of wild dogs and other declared pests. CRBA is also focused on controlling invasive weeds, which out-compete native vegetation and reduce the productive grazing capacity of pastoral lands.

Pilbara Regional Biosecurity Group