Two fined, two warned over breach of electric ant restrictions

Published Wednesday, 20 September, 2023 at 10:38 AM

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner

  • More than $2000 in fines issued for improper movement of soil without permits
  • Collaborative effort needed to eradicate invasive ant species
  • Minister urges community cooperation

Two people have been fined more than $1000 each for illegally moving soil from an electric ant restricted zone in Port Douglas.

Two more people have received warnings for breaching the biosecurity regulations.

The breaches involved individuals moving Electric Ant Carriers (Soil) without obtaining the necessary Biosecurity Instrument Permit, which poses a serious threat to the delicate ecosystem in the region.

Two individuals have been issued with Penalty Infringement Notices with a monetary penalty amounting to $1006.25 each, reflecting the seriousness of the offence and the need to deter any further violations of biosecurity protocols.

Two other individuals were issued with Penalty Infringement Notices with no monetary penalty attached. However, these actions will be recorded in the system as compliance actions to ensure future adherence to biosecurity regulations.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner:

“It is crucial to remember that everyone has a role to play in preserving the environment and safeguarding the delicate ecosystems that make Queensland such a beautiful and diverse place to live and visit,” Mr Furner said.

“The National Electric Ant Eradication Program acknowledges the importance of working closely with the community to protect the unique biodiversity of the region and mitigate the risks posed by invasive species like the Electric Ant.

“Cooperation from all residents, businesses, and visitors is essential to ensure the success of the eradication efforts.”

Other information:

For more information on electric ants visit the Business Queensland website.

A map of the areas in the electric ant restricted zone can be found here: Electric Ant Interactive Restricted Zone Map.


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