$3.3 million has been invested in this biosecurity project to provide environmental, economic and social benefits through regional community-coordinated pest management. $1 million of this funding was used to support declared pest management in the rangelands and to also include the development of WA’s Wild Dog Action Plan, funds to support the three southern rangelands RBGs and the development of a scheme to implement incentives and motivation around declared pest management across the rangelands.
$2.3 million focused upon the project area that falls within the South West Land Division extending from Geraldton in the north to Esperance in the south east. The dedicated project team, funded through the Royalties for Regions, and DPIRD biosecurity officers worked closely with community and agriculture industry groups to engage them in biosecurity activities that focused on the management of regionally-significant declared pests.
This project was initially due to be completed on 30 September 2017 but was extended to 30 June 2018. There is also a possibility of a further extension to June 2019 to consolidate achievement of 'RBG status' for community/ biosecurity groups in the South West agricultural region of WA. For future information related to RBGs in WA please go to https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/bam/recognised-biosecurity-groups-rbgs
Progress on managing declared pests via community-led biosecurity groups has been documented in the following video:
Working with community
The project created greater community involvement in the management of declared pests. DPIRD staff worked to identify and resolve the barriers to community engagement and adoption for effective pest management.
The strength of the community coordinated approach lies in enabling adjacent landholders to coordinate control of declared pests at a landscape scale under community leadership they consider significant.
DPIRD has encouraged groups to make the best use of these resources with funding made available to early-stage groups for the purpose of further developing a biosecurity group or progressing towards a Recognised Biosecurity Group.
Recognised Biosecurity Groups
Biosecurity groups formed through the project will progress towards self-reliance as Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs). RBGs will be supported by government through capacity development.
Under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act), funds raised by an RGB through a declared pest rate are matched equally by the State Government for groups to implement operational plans.
RBGs also provide opportunities for communities and industry to partner with organisations including State and local government agencies to share responsibility and coordinate the control of declared pests across the landscape.
Under the BAM Act, five RBGs have been formed in the Rangelands and six in the agricultural region.
For more information about Recognised Biosecurity Groups visit the frequently asked questions page.