A new three year response plan for the National Tropical Weeds Eradication Program has been approved by the National Management Group on 23 June 2021.
The National Tropical Weeds Eradication Program aims to eradicate five species of exotic weeds: limnocharis (Limnocharis flava), miconia (Miconia calvescens), Miconia nervosa, Miconia racemosa and mikania vine (Mikania micrantha).
Our biosecurity system is under increasing pressure as threats facing Australia’s agricultural industries and environmental assets have grown exponentially over the last decade. To keep pace with a changing world, the eradication program continues its focus on the investment and refinement of unmanned aerial surveillance technology in combination with artificial intelligence and geographic information system to ensure efficacy and performance of the program over the long-term.
Following the discovery of the weeds in Queensland in 2003, a nationally cost-shared eradication program was implemented and is led by the Queensland Government. Eradication of these weeds has been deemed nationally significant due to their potential impact on business, ecosystem services and environmental amenities (including the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area).
A recent independent review recommended that the National Tropical Weeds program continues and has guided changes to the new response plan.
Further information is available at the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.
If you suspect limnocharis (Limnocharis flava), miconia (Miconia calvescens), Miconia nervosa, Miconia racemosa and mikania vine (Mikania micrantha) on your property, please contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or report via the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.