The Senate today adopted a resolution by NQ based Senator Ian Macdonald to have the Queensland and Commonwealth governments commit to eradication of Yellow Crazy Ants in the Wet Tropics.
Senator Macdonald said he was delighted that the Senate had recognised the danger of the super colony hazards of the Yellow Crazy Ants.
“This infestation is a real danger to the natural ecology, to agriculture and to people and it is important to have Parliament understand this.
So far most funding has been provided by the Commonwealth Government and the Motion calls upon the Queensland Government to at least match Commonwealth funding and asks both Governments to commit to eradication.
The Motion acknowledges the work already done by Wet Tropics Management Authority, the Cairns Regional Council, the Commonwealth Green Army along with landowners and volunteers.
I particularly want to single out and thank Mr Frank Toledo and his band of volunteers for their leadership and commitment and to Mr Toledo and Ms Noeline Ikin for trawling the corridors of the Parliament to bring this issue to the attention of all parliamentarians.
Below is the full text of the motion.
Notice of Motion
I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move—
a] notes the super colony hazards of Yellow Crazy Ants in the Wet Tropics, which is distinctly different to the presence of Yellow Crazy Ants in other areas of Queensland
b] notes with concern the damage to the natural ecology, to agriculture and to human beings from the Yellow Crazy Ants caused by the formation of super colonies in the Wet Tropics region
c] acknowledges the work being done by the Wet Tropics Management Authority, the Cairns Regional Council, the Commonwealth Governments Green Army and individual landowners and volunteers who are achieving to date strong results in containing and locally eradicating the infestation
d] Calls upon the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments to consider WTMA’s funding request for a targeted eradication program in the Wet Tropics
e] calls upon the local and Queensland Governments to at least match Commonwealth funding to fight the infestation
f] urges the Federal and State Government to commit to eradication of the Yellow Crazy Ants in the Wet Tropics.