Who are we?
Blackwood Biosecurity Inc. is a Recognised Biosecurity Group (RBG) established by the Minister for Agriculture to take a lead role in the management of declared plant and animal pests in Western Australia’s Blackwood Valley, under section 169 of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (BAM) Act 2007, in a shared responsibility approach with Landholders and Managers.
Blackwood Biosecurity Inc. is the RBG for the Shires of Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Nannup, West Arthur and the localities of Mullalyup, Grimwade, Wilga West, Balingup and Southampton in the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup.
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Blackwood Biosecurity is an incorporated, not for profit group managed exclusively by a committee of its members who voluntarily give of their time and expertise.
We are currently in the process of restructuring our team with focus on local expertise and resources that will best serve the declared pest management needs of the landholders within our operational area.
We have an elected dedicated and experienced volunteer committee of member landholders, with a huge joint knowledge of biosecurity issues affecting the environment, industry, agriculture and lifestyle across our region and input from local government, business and industry, DPIRD and other Government Agencies and NRM bodies.
Blackwood Biosecurity is the Recognised Biosecurity Group for the Shires of Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Boyup Brook, West Arthur and Donnybrook-Balingup South in the locations of Balingup, Mulalyup, Grimwade, Southampton and Wilga
A call to action to develop a strategic plan to deal directly with declared pest management in the region prompted a public meeting at the Bridgetown Lesser Hall on 12th May, 2014, well attended by landholders, community, local government, business, industry, environmental and agricultural groups and Government Agencies.
With seeding funds from DAFWA, Blackwood Environment Society, Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes and Talison Lithium, the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Biosecurity Group was formed, quickly incorporated and established with good governance structures.
At its first annual general meeting in 2015 it changed its name to Blackwood Biosecurity Inc and updated its Constitution to enable it to operate further afield, responding to landholder requests. throughout the whole of the Blackwood Valley Catchment where it was receiving landholder requests.
Is to engage property owners and managers across tenure to co-operatively take ownership and control of priority declared pests across the Blackwood Valley.
That declared pests have little or no economic, environmental or social impact in Blackwood Biosecurity Inc.’s Recognised Area, and all landholders and managers adopt declared pest control as a shared responsibility and integral part of land management.
To plan, promote, support and monitor community control of declared pests within our Recognised Area.
To work in stable, resilient relationships with all stakeholders.
To secure ongoing funding to undertake this work.
While landholders and managers remain responsible for declared pests on their properties, costs to control some pests are beyond the biosecurity budget and capacity of some landholders.
Declared Pest control can only be successful in a strategic co-ordinated approach across the whole of the landscape. Everyone needs to be involved and everyone needs to be supported.
Secure, ongoing funding is essential to allow landholders access to best practice equipment, expert onsite advice and training, subsidised operational costs including chemicals and consumables.
Priority Declared Pests are determined by the community.
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The Declared Pest Rate (DPR)
A Budget for Management of Declared Pests
Widespread and established declared pests such as wild dogs, foxes, rabbits, cotton bush, blackberry and mesquite can have serious impacts on agriculture, the environment, and human health and safety if not managed. Under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) the State raises a Declared Pest Rate (DPR) from landholders in specific areas and matches the funds raised from the rate dollar-for-dollar.
The combined funds are made available to Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) who provide support to landholders to fulfil their obligations to manage widespread and established declared pests on their land. The funding supports RBGs to conduct pest management awareness initiatives and education as well as coordinate and undertake pest management activities across land tenures.
Pest Control Priorities, Budgets and Operations Vary Among RBGs
RBGs across Western Australia are impacted by different pest species, volume of pests, local industry, land use, environmental factors, population demographics and the size of each groups specific operational area. Because of this, RBGs across WA have varying pest control priorities, budgets and operations.
Declared Pest Rates Are Not New
Five RBGs in WA’s pastoral regions have received funding from a DPR since 2014. Prior to that, it was collected as the Agriculture Pest Rate under the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection Act 1976. Across WA there are currently 14 RBGs that will access funding from the DPR for the 2021-22 financial year. Each group operates across different local government areas. Approximately 22,123 landholders from 66 local government areas will receive DPR notices in 2021-2022.
Find out more at the following link: DPIRD Declared Pest Rate Information Sheet
the South West of W.A. is vulnerable to, and is being impacted by, increasing populations of high risk animal and plant pests?
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