As a community we work together to manage declared pests in our region. We share a common goal to protect land, lifestyle, and livelihood for the future. At all times we work with respect, care and professionalism.
To take a leading role in assisting landholders and managers within Blackwood Biosecurity Inc’s Operational area to meet their responsibilities, under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act (2007), to control Declared Plant and Animal Pests on their land.
Building, developing, fostering and maintaining effective communication, collaboration, and engagement with our stakeholders
To protect the interest of the operational area, be they economic, environmental, or social, while also ensuring actions are performed as humanely as possible and do not impact unintended targets.
To be a leader amongst Biosecurity Groups in adopting best practice methodologies including the use of best practice technology and equipment across all aspects of the organisation.
To plan, promote, support and engage the community in the management of declared pests within our Operational Area.
To work with collaboratively stakeholders.
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 coordinated approach across the whole of the landscape. Communities need to be involved and 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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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, 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.