Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) provide a mechanism under the BAM Act to enable landholders and managers to develop a coordinated approach to control and manage declared pests in their area. RBGs supports and compliments activities that individual landholders and managers are required to do to meet their legal obligations to control declared pests on their land.
The objectives of RBGs are:
- to foster the control of declared pests throughout the area via the formulation, implementation, and review of appropriate management plans and programs
- to encourage integration, coordination and general collaboration of all area stakeholders in pest management matters
- to promote the adoption of sound biosecurity practices throughout the area generally
Each Recognised Biosecurity Group operates across a number of local governments, although not all local governments in Western Australia have a RBG operating in their area.
Refer to the RBGs in WA page for the local government areas covered by each group, and which RBGs have a declared pest rate being raised in their area.
RBGs in the Rangelands
Carnarvon Rangelands Biosecurity Association
Chair: Justin Steadman
Executive Officer: David Blood
Mob: 0488 005 084
CRBA covers the following shires: Carnarvon, Exmouth, Murchison, Upper Gascoyne and Shark Bay.
Kimberley Rangelands Biosecurity Association
Chair: Mike Shaw
Executive Officer: Dick Pasfield
Mob: 0418 959 832
KRBA covers the following shires: Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, Halls Creek and Wyndham-East Kimberley.
Goldfields-Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association
Chair: Trevor Hodshon
Executive Officer: Ross Wood
Mob: 0439 918 492
GNRBA covers the following shires: Coolgardie, Dundas, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Laverton, Leonara, Menzies, Ngaanyatjarraku, Sandstone and Wiluna.
Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association
Chair: Ashley Dowden
Executive Officer: Geoff Brooks
Mob: 0499 343 828
MRBA covers the following shires: Cue, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Yalgoo.
Pilbara Regional Biosecurity Group
Chair: Ian Hayes
Executive Officer: Bill Currans
Mob: 0488 383 449
PRBG covers the following shires: Ashburton, East Pilbara, Karratha and Post Hedland.
RBGs in the agricultural areas (South West Land Division)
Blackwood Biosecurity Inc (BBI)
Chair: Adrian Smith
Executive Officer: Sheila Howat
Mob: 0475 774 558
BBI covers the following shires: Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Donnybrook-Balingup (covers the southern half of the shire bounded by Grimwade, Mullalyup and Wilga West), Nannup and West Arthur.
Central Wheatbelt Biosecurity Association
Chair: Ricky Storer
Executive Officer: Linda Vernon
Mob: 0473 163 050
CWBA's area covers the following shires; Dalwallinu, Koorda, Morawa and Perenjori.
Eastern Wheatbelt Biosecurity Group
Chair: Stuart Putt
Executive Officer: Lisa O’Neil
Mob: 0455 724 848
EWBG's area covers the following shires; Kondinin, Kulin, Lake Grace, Merredin, Mount Marshall, Mukinbudin, Narembeen, Nungarin, Trayning, Westonia and Yilgarn.
Esperance Biosecurity Association
Chair: Scott Pickering
Executive Officer: Linda McCrae
EBA's area covers the shire of; Esperance.
Leschenault Biosecurity Group
Chair: Ralph Keegan
Executive Officer: Chris Howe
Mob: 0498 249 171
LBG's area covers the following shires; Bunbury City, Capel, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup (covers the northern half of Donnybrok-Balingup bounded by but excluding the localities of Grimwade, Mullalyup and Wilga West).
Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group
Chair: Vaughan Byrd
Executive Officer: Jonelle Cleland
PHBG's area covers the following local government areas; Harvey, Mandurah, Murray, Serpentine-Jarradale and Waroona.
Northern Biosecurity Group
Chair (interim): Jason Batten
Executive Officer (interim): Marieke Jansen
Mob: 0427 898 160
NBG's area covers the following shires; Chapman Valley, Greater Geraldton and Northampton.
Southern Biosecurity Group
Chair: Karyn Tuckett
Executive Officer: Kylie Fletcher
SBG operates in the Shire of Ravensthorpe.
Carnarvon Growers Association
Executive officer: Ian Foxley
Mob: 0418 353 171