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More Cash In Fight Against Crazy Ants

Yellow crazy ants v beetle

$9 million will be spent over the next three years in the fight against yellow crazy ants in Far North Queensland.  

Speaker of the Queensland Parliament and Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt has continually campaigned for funding and has welcomed the announcement.

“Yellow crazy ants are a scourge for residents in Mulgrave and the Far North. They impact on farmers, tourists and locals.” he said.

“The Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA) and the community taskforce have done amazing work to attempt to eradicate this pest, and this funding will ensure this
work, which supports 30 jobs, will continue.”

Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui said that the local yellow crazy ant eradication program is vital to the Far North.

“This funding will help ensure the protection of the Wet Tropics World Heritage site and adjacent areas, which has significant environmental and economic value to
Queensland, and to the world.” she said.

“The additional funding from the Palaszczuk Government will continue the good work in containing the spread of this pest.”

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Leeanne Enoch said yellow crazy ants are one of the top 100 worst invasive species in the world and listed as a
‘restricted pest’ under Queensland’s Biosecurity Act 2014.

“They pose a significant threat to the rich and unique biodiversity of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and this funding ensures this area will be better protected,” Ms
Enoch said.

“Since eradication efforts began about six years ago, three previously infected areas have been declared pest free and overall population numbers have significantly
decreased.

“This $9 million from the Queensland Government will allow the Wet Tropics Management Authority to continue its work to rid the Wet Tropics of this devastating
pest.”