What is the role of local government in RBGs?
Local government is not obliged to play any role in a RBG. The department encourages involvement by Local Government Authorities (LGAs), according to local community interest and their capacity to support RBGs. And as land managers, LGAs have responsibilities under the BAM Act to control declared pests on their land. So being involved in a coordinated approach to control declared pests has many benefits for everyone.
It is envisaged that most RBGs will be at a scale of multiple LGAs. For example, in the eastern Wheatbelt, the Eastern Wheatbelt Biosecurity Group covers eleven shires.