Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Council Tries to Stop Fire Ants; Outbreaks near Border Prompt Action

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Council Tries to Stop Fire Ants; Outbreaks near Border Prompt Action

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Byline: Geoff Egan geoff.egan@qt.com.au

AFTER outbreaks near its border, the Somerset Regional Council is moving to act on fire ants.

With Lockyer Valley farmers finding nests of fire ants in the Hatton Vale and Summerholm, the council has engaged the support of Biosecurity Queensland to help prevent an outbreak in the region.

Somerset mayor Graeme Lehmann said the council was moving to educate council staff, as well as members of the community, about the risks and how to spot the imported pests.

Cr Lehmann said he and council staff had met with a Biosecurity Queensland officer to discuss ways of creating awareness in the community and preventing the spread of fire ants.

aThis is all about prevention and educating the community on what to look out for and what to do if they suspect fire ants on their property,a he said.

According to Biosecurity Queensland, almost 70% of all fire ant detections have come from the community.

Cr Lehmann said it was vital the council did everything it could to stop the spread of the ants north. …

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